Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

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I don’t even know where to start with this film.

Honestly.

It’s almost as if Spielberg and Lucas took everything that was fun and exciting and interesting about Raiders of the Lost Ark, and tossed it in the garbage.

I can’t put into words how unbearably goofy Temple of Doom is. Where Raiders balanced humor and seriousness, this film is so over the top it’s nearly unwatchable.

The plot and tone are all over the place. The opening scene feels like something taken straight from a James Bond film. There is an Asian child beating up adult men, and a whiny singer complaining about breaking a nail, and human sacrifice with a side of severed appendages and shrunken heads.

What?

Not to mention the fact that Willie (Kate Capshaw) and Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) are the most annoying characters I’ve been subjected to in a film in quite some time.

At least most of Raiders of the Lost Ark was somewhat plausible. Surviving a drop from a plane on an inflatable raft? Indy climbing up that rope ladder without getting hit by a single arrow? By the way, I’m pretty sure some actually do hit him in that scene and bounce right off.

The only thing that makes Temple of Doom bearable is knowing that The Last Crusade is the best film of the trilogy.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. ragnarsbhut says:

    I thought that this movie was awesome. For me, the sacrifice ceremony was hard to watch. However, the slow and gruesome demise of Mola Ram being eaten alive was profoundly satisfying.

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    1. Celestian says:

      I’m glad that you enjoyed it! One of the things I love about film is that it’s different for everyone, and everyone will respond to it differently. As you have probably seen, I love the first and third Indiana Jones films. They are much more my style, and Temple of Doom just didn’t click with me.

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  2. ragnarsbhut says:

    I can understand that. However, my personal views are different.

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