Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Running Time: 1hr 58 min – Genre: Action/Advent
Indy continues on new adventures and just can’t stay out of trouble. Picking up a couple of sidekicks on the way, he helps save a village by finding and returning a sacred stone. He just needs to keep an eye out for his heart.
Well once you watch one Indiana Jones you have to watch them all!
I believe I stated in the last Indy review that I had not watched these films in a while. So I am glad that we decided to watch them again. While
this is not my favorite Jones movie it is still a great one.
Short Round was my favorite addition to the movie. He brought out a side of Indy that is rarely seen. In the Lost Arc film he was kind of that way with Marion but only a few times. He was caring and Short Round had enough pull on him to break him out of the zombie trance. The thing I loved most about Short Round was the fact he was just like his character in the Goonies. Most would say that was bad but I think he was a fun character and it saddens me that he really only did the two movies.
Willie annoyed me to no end. She was super needy and only did ok as a love interest in the movie. But I do have to say her reactions to the dinner was fabulous and I would have probably reacted the same way.
Again the music was great in this film as it was in the first and the script was very original.
So I give this film…
No time for love Dr. Jones….
The best thing about this movie especially following Raiders is you get to see more of Indy and his many adventures. This one isn’t bad actually the only one in the collection that I think was bad was Crystal Skull for personal reasons. I think Last Crusade is the best of them all but let’s review this one.
Short Round stole the show for me. He is a loveable character and always backing up Dr. Henry Jones “Indy” and also causing trouble. Seeing him belt the little voo doo bastard in the mouth while Indy was beating the burly guy was quite entertaining, or seeing him drive the car with the wedge pedal shoes.
Willie Scott, not my favorite Indy girl. (Always have been a fan of Marion.) plays her role well. She portrays the ditzy blonde vaudeville show style girl who is just trying to find her fortune but lands in Indy’s lap.
There is several things wrong with this movie that even for the time sticks out like a sore thumb. Special effects when the plane explodes it obviously was green screened very similar to Star Wars effects however for some reason in the Indy films they seem a little cheesier now. Also I noticed this in both Raiders and this movie…If you count bullets when guns are fired…when you have a six shooter and you fire 14 shots and no reload?! or better yet using musket rifles that involve powder and muskets…and your firing multiple times. Also when they are escaping the tunnels to get away from the water you can tell it’s also green screened…granted back in the day this was top of the line…but to me it’s pretty cheesy now yet I still love these movies.
As any “Good” Indiana Jones this is a must see just for retro sake, or if you’ve never seen it before it’s a must see for any Indiana Jones fan.
This is my favorite Indiana Jones movie of all time. Out of 4 movies this one comes out on top. I betcha wonderin’ why this is the case? Well, it’s kinda why I’m writing this review. Walk with me for a second…
So, you know how some of the most horrible movies may stick in your heads as good experiences? Most of that is caused by nostalgia. It was a movie that you watched when you were young and it always stuck with you. Getting older you’ve seen how bad that it may be but for some reason watching it brings back those nostalgic feelings of being young and without care. This movie sort of wins but Indiana Jones film to me mostly because of this reason. This was the movie that I discovered how cool Harrison Ford can be if he played another character. In the “Raiders” review I spoke about how I was strictly a Star Wars fan and didn’t give that movie a chance. But this is the movie I did give a chance and I’m glad I did. Now, that I think about it I do that a lot… Shun the first outing of something and then become a fan on the second outing… Eminem comes to mind. I digress.
I think the biggest “like” of this movie for me is that there isn’t a clear setup of story for Indy. In the beginning he is concluding another adventure and he winds up stuck in a situation were he feels compelled to go on yet another adventure when it really didn’t call for it. So, it kinda feels like we the audience are getting something for free. Bonus mission! There are many likes I have in this film like the dinner scene, the bugs scene, the heart scene (definitely), and finally the mine car chase. So epic they made it a ride at Universal Studios. And the punch sounds. Many may think “corny” but even my daughter while watching the movie noticed the outright ridiculousness of the fake punch sounds. It’s Indiana Jones Gold.
Now with all this love, I can’t let go some of the bad writing that we the audience was just supposed to accept. Examples being, 1. Indiana Jones drinks poison yet, he is able to run around (for quite some time) and fight and everything before getting the antidote. Even after the bad guy says “it works fast!”. 2. If you jump out of a plane on a life raft and hit the ground they hit you would most likely break some legs. As soon as it was “aired up” and went over the cliff, I’m sorry but it would have flipped over many times its just physics. What was the point in having all these guests show up at the palace if they didn’t do anything to contribute to story? Ok, the british guy sort of told the story of them being overseen and watched by Britain. But other than that? That close to lava and Willie didn’t burn up? Not even a red shade of rosey? Just alittle sweat is what we got. If that stuff is hot enough to melt bone from its cage then being that close would have made her skin bubble. Just sayin’. Things like that come up and I’m like what?! How the heck does Indiana get his whip to latch on to things so that he can swing on it? That doesn’t make any sense at all. And most likely many more points to make if I were to be nitpicky.
The relationship between Willie & Indie was annoying to say the least. It reminded me more of Romancing the Stone than Indiana Jones. Come to think of it Romancing the Stone came out the same year as this movie so, I might be on to something. I liked the inclusion of short round. He was great. I wish he would have been included in more movies. It was a side of Dr. Jones that we haven’t seen yet. The ending was very satisfying and yet this movie doesn’t explore many of the formulas the first one had it still has its own piece of history. Indiana Jones on an adventure. That’s all you need. …with a slight flare for the “unbelievable”.