Wow. This one really dropped the ball after Raiders. Tha's not to say it's terrible, which it definitely isn't, but it's quite possibly one of the most disappointing sequels in movie history. I should probably say prequels though because this takes place before the events of Raiders even though it was released afterwards. This film is disappointing, mostly due to its out-of-place story and supremely annoying love interest, but as movies go, it's definitely okay, hence the 70. I also gave it a fresh rating because Harrison Ford has not yet done wrong with Indy and I don't think he can.
The majority of the action takes place in India, where Indy, along with an annoying lounge singer and a little kid named Short Round, are asked by a village to go to a palace and find a stone that was stolen. In the palace, they find the secret underground headquarters of a cult that engages in heart-ripping-out ceremonies and child slavery. Indy appears to have been brainwashed by the cult, but he saves the day in time to prevent Kate Capshaw from being killed and Short Round from being...slaved. That all culminates into an epic chase that would make a wonderful rollercoaster ride. There's also some awkward sexual tension between Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw, but it's not too bad because Harrison Ford is awesome.
The story seemed a tad out of place for an Indiana Jones movie, and is actually rather poorly paced. However, when the movie hits one hour it does start to get a tad bit more exciting, with the movie coming back to what made Raiders so much fun. It provides with some solid action, although the action is nowhere near as good as Raiders. The ending chase scene was pretty fun, but again, Raiders is better. In terms of characters, Indy is still fantastic, the little boy Short Round is pretty good, and even the villain was pretty menacing. Where the real problems lie are with the love interest. Let's just say, in a cutaway gag from Family Guy where this is referenced, Stewie (as Short Round) says "Lady only here 'cause she humping director", and that's pretty much true. Kate Capshaw is pretty much only in this movie because she is married to Steven Spielberg. She's a terrible actress, her character is superbly annoying, and when Harrison almost rips out her heart, I wanted him to do it. Let's just say, she's no Marian.
All in all, the film was suitably entertaining, and well acted by most parties. However, it simply isn't as good as its predecessor. After all, 100% to 70% is a big jump, so one can definitely consider that a disappointment. Harrison Ford is still terrific, and the film has some good action, but it was disappointing. I would still recommend this, but to watch Raiders first, because it is better and just to get assimilated with the series. I hope to watch the other two in the series tomorrow and I have realized that this is one of my favourite film series of all time.