Yes, this is a few hours later than usual. I’m still adjusting to my new keyboard, so the review takes longer to enter than usual. The weekly DVD picks will likely be postponed until tomorrow for similar reasons.
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw as Willie Scott
Ke Huy Quan as Short Round
Written by George Lucas, Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Complete information is available from the IMDB.
Past movie reviews can be found here.
Indy and company get sucked into a search for fortune, glory, and kidnapped kids.
The villain’s natural response to the threat against the stones on the bridge.
Fortune and glory? The last time I saw this character, he was in love
with an old girlfriend and was more concerned about getting his finds
into a museum than in making money off of them.
This felt less original than the previous entry. It had a
far more standard structure, and actually lost some of the
opportunities to maintain a unique format. (eg. The Marcus and Marion
characters, the sense of an archeological puzzle to solve, etc.) This
just became a standard action movie. I give it 3 out of 6.
The effects had worse blue screening than the first film, and
some occasionally lousy mannequins. Other portions, such as the heart
“surgery,” were well done, particularly for the time. I give it 4 out
The story had a major drive to include more action than the
first, leaving less space for actual plot. What plot there is works
well enough, neglecting the perpetual whining of the herione, and lack
of back story explaining what happened between the end of the first
film and the start of this one. I give
it 4 out of 6.
The acting from Ford is as good as ever. Quan is passable
for his age group, but Capshaw did a lousy job. I have to question
the director’s judgement on that choice, but as he ended up marrying
her, I’m not sure he’d agree. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response wasn’t as strong as it could have
been. There wasn’t a clear goal for the film until we were almost a
quarter of the way through, and the challenges to reach that goal were
all physical. This just didn’t engage me as much as the original. I
give it 4 out of 6.
The production is well done, as we’ve come to expect from
Spielberg. The staff he hires (Kahn, Slocombe, and Williams in
particular) are exceptional, and the movies comes together very
nicely. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, in spite of its inability to live up to the other
entries in the trilogy, it’s still a strong film, well worth checking
out. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom receives 28
out of 42.