MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#16 of 48) – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) – Encore Review 2


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #16 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this film opening weekend and was so thrilled to be able to see it despite the fact that I was only 10 at the time. It has a very warm place in my heart and is IMHO the best movie of the Indiana Jones trilogy and I can watch it over and over.

“Okey dokey, Dr. Jones. [turns his cap around] Hold on to your potatoes!” – Short Round

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, 29 Apr 2018 and 10 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – Indiana Jones ends up in India and is tasked with trying to return a sacred stone to a small village.

My Take on it – Amazing film that works so well in continuing the adventures of the most famous archeologist known to most people.  Harrison Ford is superb in the lead role and shows how iconic this character has become.  The story moves along at a great pace and there is always something happening either in the foreground or background the whole way through. The story deals with a plot a little less familiar to most people than the other two films in the trilogy, but it still works really well in establishing things along the way. The music by John Williams is still quite familiar because it uses themes used in the past film, but it goes of in other directions that help make this so much fun to listen to.  The film’s dark tone helps make things so much more powerful and thrilling to watch.  This film helped the MPAA with a need for a PG-13 rating. The two sidekicks for Indy, Short Round and Willie are both great here and enhance the story because of the great chemistry that they have together. It’s too bad that they never used either of them in later films. The story is really powerful and they do a wonderful job keeping things so enjoyable to watch.  This is a movie that I can watch over and over because it is so fascinating to take in this story. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ke Huy Quan’s film debut. An open casting call was put out to all the elementary schools to find a young Asian actor to play Short Round. Quan arrived with his brother, not to audition, but merely to provide moral support. He caught the casting director’s attention because he spent the entire time of his brother’s audition telling him what to do and what not to do. Steven Spielberg liked his personality, so he and Harrison Ford improvised the scene where Short Round accuses Indy of cheating during a card game. Quan won the role over about 6,000 other auditions. (From IMDB)

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

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