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An 80’s classic!
on 9 March 2018
An underrated gem of the 80's, An amazing adventure not to be missed and indescribably classic in every sense of the word. I’ve recently become a huge fan of the Indiana Jones franchise and unlike most fans, consider Temple of Doom to be an integral part of the series and one of my partners favourite films ever!
Set one year before Raiders of the Lost Ark (In 1935), Temple of Doom's plot doesn't revolve around the Nazis and takes a darker route. This time Indiana teams up with a club singer named Willie and ten year old, Asian boy named Short-Round. After a treasure deal goes wrong the three escape in a plane which turns out to be a trap, causing them to do a death defying escape which ends them up in India. When the poor village people their warn them of the mysterious temple, missing stone and the horrible loss of their children, the three set off to discover the temple. The plot just gets darker and more action packed from there!
Harrison Ford returns in his signature role as Indina Jones and is still the tough as nails archaeologist he was in Raiders. Short Round is a lovable and has great chemistry with Indy, and during the film he becomes one of the most memorable sidekicks ever. Willie, is a typical damsel in distress, who spends the movie screaming, shouting, complaining and moaning, but this is just a throwback to the 'B' movies, the Indiana Jones films are inspired by. Bollywood mega villain Amrish Puri portrays the role of the creepy Mola Ram and is fantastic in this International feature.
From start to finish the film is filled with tons of exciting & memorable moments, classic set-pieces and amazing stunt and camera work. With a snow ball pacing that gradually gets bigger and better as it goes along, the movie is pretty much impossible not to enjoy. The score is a rather good mix and with the creative and memorable camera work makes the film even better and gives an exhilarating experience.
I can't stress this enough, but Temple of Doom is a must see for any fan of film series. Some say it's too dark (The heart scene)and the sillier moments ruined it, (The exotic but revolting dinner scene), but the experience for me was never spoilt and the dark/revolting/shocking moments just made the movie better. With an exciting feel, great action, fast pace, amazing set-pieces & effects and timeless feel the film getsa very high recommendation. Not to be missed!