The Jewel of the Nile (movie review)

The Jewel of the Nile is the sequel to Romancing the Stone, released just a year apart in 1984 and 85, respectively. This second film features Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito all reprising their roles. Much like its predecessor, it’s heavy on the Indiana Jones formula – perhaps more this time than the first.

While the surface conflict between Joan and Jack doesn’t make a lot of sense (they separate because Jack wants to continue vacationing in Greece while Joan pursues a career opportunity in… I dunno. Egypt? I was unclear where that portion of the movie took place. Was that a fictional country? Anyway, the point is, Jack is a moron for giving up on Joan just to keep on chilling in Greece instead of going with Joan to… Africa. (BOOM! Africa loop hole!) Greece isn’t going anywhere… dumb ass.

Anyway, once they end up in Africa (loop hole!) and the plot gets moving, the comparisons to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom are undeniable. If you haven’t seen either movie, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but the Stones and the children in Temple of Doom are akin to the Jewel of the Nile. For good measure, Jack and Joan are at one point tied up back to back just so we can have a bit of Raiders of the Lost Ark thrown in there for good measure.

The Jewel of the Nile isn’t a bad movie, but I prefer Romancing the Stone. I’m giving this flick a 7 out of 10; it has potential, but it feels a bit rushed and underwritten.

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