Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom (1984) – Encore Review


“I should say you look rather lost, but then I can’t imagine where in the world the three of you would look at home.” – Chattar Lal

Number of Times Seen –Way too many to count (A few times in the theater in 1984, cable, video, DVD, 11 Apr 2000, 23 Apr 2014 and 29 Apr 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Indiana Jones and his two companions end up in India and must try and recover a stolen sacred stone.

My Take on it – This is a film that is amazing in so many ways.

I recall highly anticipating this film when it came out and was so excited to be able to see it on opening day.

I personally believe that this is the best of the Indiana Jones trilogy eventhough all 3 are spectacular.

The main reason this one woks so well for me is that the dark tones help make the storyline more exciting and thrilling to watch.

I also think that the fact that the treasures that they seek here are not ones that most people were aware of beforehand and since they aren’t dealing with Judaeo-Christian artifacts it helps to expose the viewer to another interesting religion/cult.

Many people have stated how much they hate both Short Round and Willie as companions/sidekicks/damsel in distress.

I disagree, I think they are both perfectly set here and each adds to the tone of the film.

They add a bit of hysteria when needed but also add some comic relief which is much needed during some of the very dark parts of this film.

This is the film that caused the MPAA to create a PG-13 rating and I can completely understand why.

The “delicacies” eaten during the dinner scene are quite gross, but it adds to the shock of the storyline to Western culture.

The fact that this film takes place prior to the other two films also works well because we get to see how Indy’s attitude toward fortune hunting is still in its infancy and instead of seeking artifacts to be put in museums, he is more interested in seeking fortune and glory.

The added joke about him not knowing how to fly a plane is remedies in the other films because apparently due to his adventures in India, he went to flight school.

The set pieces are this film are amazing because like in the original film, he goes on numerous mini-adventures along the way to the main adventure.

The way that the story flows from scene to scene is done really well and it keeps things enjoyable and interesting the entire time.

The dark themes of this film raise the level of suspense and it sees as if after their success with Raiders of the Lost Ar (1981), George Lucas and Steven Spielberg decided to make an adventure story that they wanted to make which would reflect much of the thrills of the adventure serials of the 1930’s while keeping the audience constantly tense due to the daring feats that the characters must endure throughout.

Love John Williams’ variation on his own theme that stays true to the Indiana Jones theme but gives it a darker tone.

Check it out here:

Such a thrilling adventure film that I could watch over and over!

Bottom Line – Amazing film that is perhaps the best film of the Indian Jones trilogy. The dark tone of the film helps make it more thrilling than the rest and the added fact that the premise doesn’t revolve around any Judaeo-Christian artifacts also helps.  Short Round and Willie are great companions for Indy because they actually allow for a bit of comic relief in this dark themes storyline. Loved the fact that we get to see how Indy was prior to his future adventures in the other two films which makes him more of a fortune hunter instead of a artifact seeker fro museums.  The added fact about his lack of flying experience is fun to watch because based on this adventure, he must have learnt how to fly.  The set pieces of this film are grand and they allow us to explore so many mini-adventures along the way for our esteemed adventurer. This is the kind of story that Lucas and Spielberg wanted to make because it is so reminiscent of the serial films of the 30’s and we get to see high adventure with lots and lots of daring scenes.  Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 –  While filming the whipping scene, the crew played a practical joke on Harrison Ford. While he was chained to a large stone, Barbra Streisand appeared, dressed in a leather dominatrix outfit. She proceeded to whip him, saying “That’s for Hanover Street (1979), the worst movie I ever saw.” She continued whipping him for Star Wars (1977), and making all of that money. Carrie Fisher then threw herself in front of Ford to protect him, and Irvin Kershner chided Director Steven Spielberg. “Is this how you run your movies?” This entire sequence was filmed.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – An unmade script that became Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) had Indiana reveal what happened to Willie, saying, “Last I heard, she married a big-shot director.” This is an in-joke, as Kate Capshaw married Steven Spielberg. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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