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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Reviews

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August 17, 2017
Although the story to the second instalment into the Indiana Jones franchise is certainly less interesting and feels like the stakes aren't quite as high, the action is every bit as fast-paced, Ford is as charismatic as ever, and the supporting characters are far more fun and memorable allowing for more interaction between Indy and his sidekicks. It may not be quite as good as its predecessor, but it is definitely just as much of a blast.
August 13, 2017
The second movie of the franchise and the last one I had yet to see. After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace. One could say this is the bloodiest and darkest one of them all but it has a good plot and great visual effects. Short Round is really the true hero.
August 8, 2017
The first half of this movie is more annoying than anything else in recent memory. This movie has some lousy characters with some even lousier acting. However, all is not lost. The last act of the film is strong and saves the experience. It is not the best Indiana Jones movie, and it only narrowly escapes being the worst.
August 7, 2017
Is it not a coincidence that the two people who wrote this film, Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, would later write the screenplay for another unpleasantly mean-spirited movie that would attempt to ram kid comedy with grotesque horror together? The hinted-at catastrophe: Howard the Duck. That is where Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom goes so wrong: the unwillingness of the screenwriters to pick a mood and go with it. Harrison Ford is his usual charming self as the titular adventurer, but he's got nobody interesting to tag along with him. And in a movie like this, the hero can only be about as interesting as the adventure he is given to undertake. Dodging the Nazis while searching for religious artifacts worked before and after this movie, but running from voodoo practitioners and being hypnotized into nearly throwing a comrade into the core of the earth is not what I had in mind for an Indiana Jones adventure. The villains are memorable, but for all the wrong reasons. And his sidekicks are utterly obnoxious. It is hard to tell from this movie that Kate Capshaw is a talented actress. Her squealing and whining goes a long way and really fast. And it is no big wonder why Jonathan Ka Quan, as the little kid, never had a kickoff career. Yes, he was just a kid when making this picture, but there is none of that real spark the audience looks for in a character we're meant to root for.
August 1, 2017
Big fan of Raiders. But I can remember seeing this movie as a teen and walking out of the theater disappointed. Poor sequel by Spielberg. Missing a lot of the charm and comedy of the first movie. Missing a lot of the thrilling action too. I think Spielberg was too infatuated with his new bride to realize how bad this movie sucked.
½ July 28, 2017
The second film in the series is rather dark and very controversial but has excellent music by John Williams and is very exciting.
It takes Indy, his young sidekick Short Round, and glamorous singer Willy on a journey to recover a village's sacred stones and rescue it's children from the mysterious Thuggee cult and its high priest, Mola Ram. On the way they encounter a boy ruler, interesting cuisine, a frightening ceremony, and the mines where the village children work as slaves.


The film has some of the most bloodcurdling scenes in the series, from the insect chamber to the battle on the bridge. The film also has some very good characters, such as the young but tough Short Round and Mola Ram, who uses dark magic and might be the most terrifying villain in the series.


The film really picks up at the end as the heroes are thrust into a roller coaster style mine cart chase with the Thuggees and end up fighting them on a suspended rope bridge over crocodile inhabited waters.

In conclusion this entry in the series might not be the best and isn't for the faint of heart, but is very enjoyable and exciting, with great music and special effects.
July 26, 2017
Just like it's predecessor, Temple of Doom manages to take the audience on an epic adventure with Indiana Jones even after going for a more darker tone. This film definitely took a page from Star Wars Empire Strikes Back in that the film is a lot darker than the first but it never loses its core values which is what made me fall in love with the original. There's action, comedy and adventure that follows the same formula from the Lost Ark but the filmmakers still manage to deliver it with originality that leaves you wanting more. So many memorable moments that you will struggle to decide which Indiana Jones movie you love more. If a film can give you that sort of debate then you know its a classic.
July 25, 2017
Not as great as the first film but still a great adventure film that doesn't disappoint.
½ July 8, 2017
Though darker than the first, Temple of Doom is still a gem within the adventure genre.
July 8, 2017
un film slab, m-am plictisit dupa prima jumatate de ora, si nu am mai vazut.
July 2, 2017
It is such a fun adventure movie!The "Indiana Jones" movies are the epitomy of adventure movie,they translate like a theme park ride on screen. This movie was so much funnier than the first one, but the story had some weak spots. The middle act was for me a really weak act, but on the whole the movie was really entertaining. The characters were much more exciting than those of the first movie, with little Jonathan Ke Quan stealing the spotlight. My personal view is that Ford had a better chemistry with Capshaw, at least because their comedy felt better. Spielberg knows what he's doing and it's showing!
June 28, 2017
great classic movie dark and scary
June 21, 2017
It is certainly an amazing movie filled of thrilling adventures and action scenes. The acting is perfect; Harrison Ford did a great performance as Indiana Jones, and Kate Capshaw was well chosen to perform Willie Scott. This movie is a little darker than his precedent, but I think that makes the movie even greater.
June 20, 2017
Mostly for nostelgia
June 11, 2017
Classic, childhood favorite...possibly better than the first
May 30, 2017
Decent sequel. Harrison Ford is great in this like the last one.
May 27, 2017
Gripping start. Weird and disjointed middle. Redeeming finish.
½ May 27, 2017
As the successor to the phenomenal Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom was always going to have a hard time. This film does have its moments - for me the raft going down the mountain and minecart scenes are both as iconic as any other Indy shot, but Temple of Doom is also dogged by annoying characters (yes this is directed at you, Willie). While I didn't mind Shorty, the stereotypical dumb blonde Willie was incredibly annoying, and played into that dumb blonde role quite well. For example, complaining about chipping a nail or getting dirty, being attracted to rich men and diamonds, and almost allowing Indy and Shorty to die because they were in a cave full of insects, and she was too cowardly to go and help. It was a real shame, because in Raiders, yes Marion was saved by Indy numerous times, but she was also feisty, and willing to stick up for herself and fight, and help Indy out. Some other viewers may also be put off by some of the dark themes in this one and over-the-top violence, which again I didn't really mind. Again though the signature fighting sequences and classic escapes make this definitely a dazzling Indy film, and the action is just as good as that found in Raiders. It's just what happens outside of the action which lets Temple of Doom down in some areas. Harrison Ford's acting though is once again top-notch though, as is the superb score (courtesy of the legendary John Williams), and for me Temple of Doom's positives do largely outweigh its glaring flaws. Another good, albeit not excellent, Spielberg Lucas combo.
½ May 19, 2017
I really like this one; and I really did not mind Willie.
May 16, 2017
The John Williams score is epic as always, Harrison Ford still gives a great performance, most of the fight scenes are still plenty of fun to watch (even if some of the fighting moves displayed are pretty dumb), and the villain is admittedly badass. Despite all those advantages, the story is very stupid and nowhere near as exciting or as meaningful as the ones presented in the first and the third movies, both of the main character's sidekicks are really annoying (especially that useless blonde chick who overreacts to everything she encounters), and the acting on both of those sidekicks is just obnoxious. As much as I hate to admit this, the bad stuff in this movie is actually bad enough to outweigh all the good things it has going for it, resulting in the worst Indiana Jones film of all-time (yes, even worse than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
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