Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Movie Journal: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

What can I say; it's Indiana Jones. Only on steroids. After escaping an Asian mob boss and his henchmen by plane, Jones crashlands in India and is implored by a group of poor villagers to retrieve a magic stone that was stolen from them by a secret sacrificial cult. 

Leading lady Kate Capshaw's character is a rather obnoxious one, and Ford has to play a somewhat stereotypical hero this time around, but the young and goofy Asian sidekick "Short Round" brings out a side of Jones we haven't really seen before. Not only that, but Temple of Doom's action is so continuous and intense that by the end of the film you're left far more satisfied than by Raiders' inexplicable dropoff. Indy 2 isn't just a good time, it's a genuinely good movie, and deserves to be remembered as such.  

8 out of 10

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