Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

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So now it is time for the second part in series of “Indiana Jones” reviews which pretty much started on pure accident. But here we are, and we’re gonna have a good time.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is… “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

Indy (Harrison Ford) is back for another adventure, however this time he isn’t looking for MacGuffins in the desert. Instead he is looking for it in a jungle… let me elaborate. Indy is in India, and after having escpaed death at a party he ends up in a small Indian village where the villagers ask him to go to a palace and find their (supposedly) magic stone. But he isn’t gonna go on this advnture alone, oh no! With him he got his little sidekick named Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan) and a singer named Willie (Kate Capshaw). And honestly, one should not expect the most original of plots from this movie, but all we can at least hope for is a well executed and entertaining plot. And I would say this movie has it. There are no real twists or big revelations to be found, but there is a lot of enjoyment to get from it and I feel like that is the thing that counts. The plot was entertaining and I feel that it was overall pretty good.

Where the story was good and felt very natural in it’s style and execution, the characters… less so. Indiana Jones is still a great character and Ford is as great, if not even better in this second installment. It’s when we get to the supporting characters that we start experiencing some… less than stellar stuff. Short Round as a character kind of works because he gets shit done and actually helps out throughout the movie, even though his voice is terrible (mainly because he shouts everything in such a high-pitched voice). But Willie… oh lord, Willie. She is a useless piece of shit that doesn’t do much other than scream and whine. The few times she actually does osmething useful is because Indy basically tells her what to do, and she then does it… reluctantly. Willie sucks. The bad guys are pretty cool though, an evil cult who use voodoo an’ shit.

The music for “Temple of Doom” was composed by John Williams who as you msot likely know, also did the score for the first movie too… and for “Star Wars”… and “Jaws”… and “Jurassic Park”… and “Schindler’s List”… and what I am saying is that I’m derailing this train because I love John Williams. So you can suspect that I loved the music for this movie.

It’s not often you see Spielberg do sequels to his movies, but this was an exception. Once again he shows why he is one of teh best directors ever. His directing here feels a lot more intense, but that just might be because this movie focuses more on being an intense action-adventure and not so much an interesting historically foucsed adventure with action in it. But the action scenes we get in the movie are intense, brutal and very well filmed. The movie is also a whole ot darker and brutal than the first movie, with some pretty disturbing shit going on at times. So if you don’t like seeing blood and creepy animals and voodoo, do not watch this. But I do have to say that maybe you should still check it out for some of the sets in this movie because they look absolutely incredible.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception over the years. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/100. Roger Ebert gave it 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10. The movie also won 1 Oscar in the category of Best visual effects. It also got 1 additional nomination in the category of Best original score. 

While I don’t think “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” deserves the hate that a lot of people give it, I do agree that it’s not the best of the series. It has a good plot, good acting with some meh characters (Ford’s still great though), great music, great directing, great action and some pretty great sets. Time for my final score. *Dun du dun dun*. My final score for “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is an 8,95/10. While not as good as the first one, it’s definitely worth buying.
Worth buying

Review of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is now done.

Kali Ma…

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3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

  1. Kate Capshaw (the woman who was cast as Willie) eventually married the director (Spielberg). That might explain why she was hired. In any event, most Indie fans hate her. I remember covering my heart when I first saw it as a kid because of how the bad guys killed people (spoiler alert). Good movie in spite of her.

    • I have no problem with the casting of Kate Capshaw. My problem is that the character of Willie does little to nothing in terms of helping Indy out. But I do agree that I overall like the movie.

  2. I love the Indiana Jones movies, stellar stuff. This one, as you mentioned, is the darkest and that sacrifice scene gave me nightmares as a kid.

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