Movie Review: Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom - 1984
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
#IndianaJones & #TheTempleOfDoom is the second installment in the nostalgic movie franchise, starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg. I must say, while generally worse than its predecessor, this is still a fine film. As the childhood favorite of mine, I really can't say no to my personal love for this installment, and while it has a significant amount of flaws, it is still a very well made picture. The pacing is near flawless, delivering entertaining scenes and interesting plot points at almost all time. Matched with its solid screenplay, that gives some pretty well-founded dialogue and good new characters, it is definitely an enjoyable film to say the least. There are dull moments, but for most of its running-time, opportunities are taken and the action is simply glorious. Will overly long, the film still remains fun throughout, and to me, this is the most important aspect within a movie like this. The performances are fine, especially from Ford who returns to the character with even more charm and charisma. As for his co-stars, I wouldn't praise them to much, but no one fails entirely, and all performances work. I must say tough, the soundtrack might be even better than within its predecessor. The iconic theme is used at some of the best and most iconic moments of the franchise, and seeing Jones succeed, using the score to the scenes advantage is a big win that is assured to send goosebumps up anyone's spine. As for flaws, the tonal mistakes must be mentioned. The film is dark, yet also light-hearted. This doesn't always work, and some scenes still shock me as for how brutal they are, considering that jokes and fun gags are delivered at almost the same time. Surely, this doesn't ruin the film, and I still believe that it is a very good movie. It is easy to overshadow this installment, but for what it is, it is a damn fine movie that might not live up to the other 2 films (not counting the 4th) but still does it's job to a guaranteed level of solidness.
Final Verdict: 4/5