The Jewel of the Nile
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
Joan Wilder is thrust back into a world of murder, chases, foreign intrigue... and love. This time out she's duped by a duplicitous Arab dignitary who brings her to the Middle East, ostensibly to write a book about his life. Of course he's up to no good, and Joan is just another pawn in his wicked game. But Jack Colton and his sidekick Ralph show up to help our intrepid heroine save the day.
After the surprise success of Romancing the Stone, I guess the studio saw a quick buck and decided they'd make this the new Indiana Jones, even though Indiana Jones was still fairly new at that time. But this fell faster than an elephant with anvils and pianos tied to itself jumping off of the empire state building.
This film seemed cursed from the start. From what I've heard, Douglas and Turner returned through a contractual obligation, and at one point Turner tried to to quit, but was threatened with a lawsuit. Add on the hex of a different writing team and director and you have a recipe for disaster. Not to mention that a few months before the release of…
Omar: "Jack is dead."
Joan Wilder: "Don't be ridiculous! Jack would never die without telling me."
The sequel to Romancing the Stone is completely unnecessary. It's not without merit though as it does have its moments. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner are great once again and just like the first film there are many beautiful locations used. There are some fun action scenes here and there, but the film just gets too silly for its own good at times. It also lacks the charm of Romancing the Stone. Overall The Jewel of the Nile is good enough for one watch, but it definitely pales in comparison to the first one. 6/10
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The Jewel Of The Nile is a serviceable sequel to 1984's Romancing The Stone which was 20th Century Fox's answer to 1981's Raiders Of The Lost Ark & 1984's Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom.
Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner & Danny Devito all have wonderful chemistry together and that is why the trio's 3rd outing would eventually be their best.
1989's War Of The Roses, which has nothing to do this series.
An 80's film I probably should have just left alone, I didn't need to see this and I thought it was generally a disappointing sequel.
Less a "film" than an excuse for its makers to go on a nice, exotic vacation; this rushed into production sequel applies a "bigger is better" approach to mostly successful effect.
That is to say: it offers more elaborate and exciting pieces in a more interesting and epic location. As a result, it feels grander and actually achieves the level of adventure kind of missing from the first film.
Never mind that it's cheesy, though. Because... Well... Yes, it's very cheesy. But Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner just happen to have terrific chemistry, and it's very enjoyable to watch them play off each other as Spiros Focas (who is, I suppose a kind of poor man's Omar Shariff) and company…
In the end, The Jewel of the Nile didn't really meet expectations. Not at the Box Office and not with me. It's a decent enough adventure effort, but fail to live up to Romancing the Stone. If you are after excellence stick with the aforementioned predecessor. If you just want an ok enough adventure movie to pass a couple of hours, The Jewel of the Nile will do.
Suffers the fate of 98% of all film sequels. A pale imitation.
The first film was pretty good. This wasn't. I ended up passing out during the viewing and woke back up near the end.
Totally didn't need to see this. Only watch romancing the stone. This can be avoided.
Bad and boring sequel.
A bit of a mess, but then the first film wasn't that amazing either. It's still fun with a few mindless action set pieces, but none of the plot really makes any sense at all. Joan (Turner), a bestselling romance author just casually leaves Jack (Douglas) behind after a mysterious and somewhat creepy guy by the name of Omar taps her to do his autobiography. Jack is a bit bothered by this, especially when an exposition-filled dude tells him and Ralph (DeVito, back again from the first film for no real reason!) that...err...maybe Joan shouldn't have gone off with that mysterious Omar dude. Although he says he's all great, he's just blown up your boat so maybe he isn't. Jack…
They remade The African Queen thirty years after the fact and it ended up being more racist. Hard to imagine a lighthearted action flick having its bad guy pretend to start a caliphate nowadays.
Nota = 6