May 13th, 2008
When I was a kid Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom was one of the moreÂ goryÂ movies I had ever seen. Â Men having their hearts torn out while they were still living,Â alligatorsÂ (which were being portrayed as crocodiles) ripping flesh from bone in a death roll, and voodoo practicing children stabbing dolls. Â For a child, all of these are a little overwhelming.
As an adult I watch The Temple of Doom and chuckle. Â The “over the top” quality of this installment of the Indiana Jones franchise is much higher than that of the other two movies. Â I mean come on – the cart scene on the tracks? Â You just have to laugh.
The setting for this film, when compared to the other two existing films, is also light years different. Â In both The Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Last Crusade – Indiana Jones begins on an adventure, goes back to his job as a professor, and then joins the race against the clock to find something before the Nazis do. Â This format works best for Indiana Jones and I think that The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull will end up being a mashup of both of these formats. Â In all of The Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones is out of the country, with brand new people we’ve never seen. Â The time element is also non-existent.
Ok, the good the bad and the ugly. Â The good: The Temple of Doom is, again, a fun ride and has some of the best scenes in any of the Indiana Jones films. Â The scene from the Obi Wan bar is classic as is the journey to India. Â The bad: The Temple of Doom, in my opinion, pales in comparison to Raiders or Crusade. The ugly: None of the characters that we liked in the first two movies even make a cameo, oh andÂ Kate Capshaw.