Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It’s that time of the week again! We are here to put on our rose tinted glasses and look at classic 70s,80s, and 90s movies. It’s week two of the Indiana Jones trilogy and it’s another great movie.

We pick up with Indy a year before the events of Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s 1935 and Indy is in deep trouble again. He is on the run from the Chinese mob and ends up getting partnered with a little kid named Short Round (how original). During their dating escape they end up in a small village in India. The village is in bad shape because of a cult. Indy sets off to stop the cult leader and save the village. A lot of crazy things happen like a mine cart chase and human sacrifices.

Created again by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg this sequel was supposed to be a lot darker then it ended up (I think human sacrifices is pretty bad). Lucas said “it had to have been a dark film. The way Empire Strikes Back was the dark second act of the Star Wars trilogy.” Lucas and Spielberg disagreed on much of the film, everything from the main villains to locations. After a lot of work we have the film that we all love today. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released May 23, 1984 to the pubic who loved it.

Temple of Doom is not my favorite of the three. I tend to find it a bit too strange. That’s not to say there aren’t great scenes like the mine carts or the temple itself. But all in I think it could have been better. There were ideas about an adventure around the Great Wall of China or bringing back a few of the Nazis but in the end they didn’t happen. I would have much rather seen the China story line over the Temple. But in the end it’s not a bad movie.

I give it a 6/10 😐



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