5 things to love/hate about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (movie review)

I go back on forth on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – lots of people love it, lots of people hate it. I used to fall solidly in the latter category, but now, the more times I watch it, the more I get split on the subject. Therefore, I’m prepared to speak on both the good and the bad: here are five things to love and five things to hate about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

Let’s get the hate out of the way:

Short Round
The best thing I can say about Short Round is that he’s not a karate master. If this movie came out now, he’d kung fu-ing it up all over the screen. It would have been great to have him just in that first sequence as the driver. “Why is there a kid driving the car?!?” That’s all the short round I needed. I HATE the poker scene, but that’s not entirely Short Round’s fault. “You cheat, Dr. Jones! You cheat!” Ugh. Hate that!

The best thing I can say about Willy is she’s different from Marion from the first movie. Otherwise, she’s just super obnoxious and I hate her. Every time I watch the movie, I keep hoping the snake from the poker scene will kill her, but it never does. I just can’t stand her constant screaming and complaining. It’s like C-3PO on steroids. At least they could turn C-3PO off in The Empire Strikes Back. I’m sure there’s some “Indy should chop his Willy off” joke I’m missing here…

You can say this movie isn’t racist all you want, but that won’t change the fact that this movie is racist. I’d say that the best example is the dinner scene. “People from different cultures eat different things!” Yeah, that true; but it’s all in the way you present it, specifically concerning your heroes’ reactions, photography and music.

The Plane/Raft Scene

I know, I know: the fridge in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is ridiculous and everybody hates it. But this is kinda ridiculous, too, no? I mean, if you were Lao, wouldn’t it make more sense to have the two pilots kill Indy, Willy and Short Round while they were sleep and just throw their bodies out of the plane? Why fly them all the way to India and then sacrifice your own plane? And people are OK with surviving the falls on the raft, but not the fridge? It’s all ridiculous to me.

The Bad Guys
What do the bad guys want in this movie? The rocks? Because… why? They give them power to do what? Get away with child slavery? I have no idea what the bad guys are doing in this movie. I don’t even know why they’re mining. It’s just hard to enjoy a movie when the bad guy’s motivation isn’t clear. It just feels like they exist to give the heroes something to do.

OK, enough complaining – let’s get to the good stuff!

Harrison Ford is always awesome. I especially love the way he plays that opening scene; it’s a spectrum of emotions: cool, calculated, angry, desperate, fear… it’s a well crafted scene, no doubt about it. Harrison Ford is the reason why they’ll probably never reboot this series; he’s just too iconic.

Short Round
Yes, I both hate and love short round. He’s funny, but he’s just in too much of the movie. And his relationship with Indy is a little weird. It also bothers me that he’s never mentioned in the series again,but that’s not this movie’s problem. Short Round is fun, but he’s over exposed.

You can’t go wrong with John Williams’ Indiana Jones score. It’s great in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I feel that it’s even better here.

I love the images in this movie and the way the camera moves. Steven Spielberg doesn’t screw around!

This movie has tons of good old fashioned stunt work. Sure, Short Round’s height changes a lot during the mine cart chase, but that’s life in the world of practical effects.

It’s no Last Crusade, but Temple of Doom will do. I give it a 7 out of 10.

About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on April 11, 2014, in lists, movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on ajdes05 and commented:

    sorry but next to ‘Crystal Skull’ this is the weakest of the series for me… if only because thanks to it everyone though my family ate snakes and monkey brains!

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