Indiana Jones: The Temple of Doom (1984) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

No time for love Dr Jones!

9 August 2017

Warning: Spoilers

Dr Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones is back – albeit in a sequel that acts as a prequel to “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It’s 1935, teaming up with a club singer called ‘Willie’ and a twelve year old boy (Short Round) after a deal gone wrong Indiana tries to uncover the secrets of, and escape the temple of Doom. Queue another great and epic adventure filled with excitement, action, thrills, spills, laughs and a bit of romance too.

Again directed by Spielberg with a John Williams score the audience is treated to a thrill a minute. I’d suggest that the pace of this film is sharper than “Raiders of the Lost Arc”, and the content a tiny bit darker too, especially towards the end when it looks like Indy has turned heel. Censors at the time used this movie to bring out the PG-13 classification because it was a little too dark for young children. It’s still really enjoyable though and modern audiences wouldn’t bat an eye lid at the content on screen. While it’s not the favorite Indy film for some reviewers it’s still amongst the best adventure movies ever made and is as good today as it was at release. Perhaps the negative reviewers expected too much when in fact the film was still trying to establish the archaeologist turned adventurer to the masses by telling a back story. OK, so some elements of the film live out stereotypes which by today’s standards could be misconstrued as sexist or racist, but rather than look for meaning that deep just view it as a comic adventure like it’s supposed to be. The film isn’t a critique about skin colour, gender, or greed, it’s a start to finish adventure straight from the pages of a childlike and innocent mind.

If you want to watch a fun movie then you need look no further. Close the curtains, get the popcorn ready, crank up the volume and enjoy a fantastic movie which will entertain and thrill from start to finish!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (8/10)

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