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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Special Edition) (1984)

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The darkest Jones, but still a good movie

  • Jun 23, 2011
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+3
Temple of Doom is infamous as the darker Indiana Jones and for that reason alone it's quite controversial. Some hate it, some like it, few seem to actually love it. Sadly, what struck me upon rewatching it it how much the special effects have aged. Some of the scenes, particularly the water at the end, are clearly set in miniature models with the actors superimposed over the backdrop. Other scenes, like the crocodiles in the water look out of place and have a slightly cooler hue than the rest of the film. It's the sort of stuff that perhaps could be fixed for a blu-ray release, but as it stands these scenes really stick out.

Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott just doesn't add much to the film for me. She's annoying and always scared out of her mind. In short, she comes across as the typical bimbo in distress. I think this is supposed to be funny, and at times it is (like putting perfume on the elephant) but more often she's annoying. I don't think it's Capshaw's fault as I suspect that's how Lucas and Spielberg intended her character. Nonetheless, compared to Marion and Elsa, out of all the Indiana Jones women, she's probably the least interesting. I agree with Indy when he says, "The biggest trouble with her is the noise."

On the other hand, I love Short Round. He's got the personality of a 60-year-old cynic in a 12-year-old kid's body. He's the source for much of the film's humor and ultimately the film's hero ("Hey lady, you call him Dr. Jone."). For such a young kid, he's an incredible actor. The scene in which he plays poker with Indy is one of my favorite in the series ("I very small, you cheat very big!"). In short, he's a great addition to the Indiana Jones team.

Overall, this certainly isn't a bad movie, but it's probably the worst of the Indiana Jones series. It's dark and I definitely would recommend keeping kids away from it, but Short Round makes the story a bit more palatable.

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