Saturday, 9 April 2011

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - REVIEW

Film of the Day #45/ 300

Everyone complains about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Many critics argue that Temple of Doom is their least favourite, and the worst in the Jones trilogy. To me, there is NO question that Raiders of the Lost Ark is the far superior Indiana Jones film. However, Temple of Doom had so much to live up to after the first film, and instead of trying to re-create Raiders, Lucas and Spielberg decided to take the franchise in a new direction. In my opinion, this was a great idea. The films accommodation of darker themes and explicit imagery came as something of a shock to many however, the sustained furore of humour, visual panache and headlong momentum makes dazzling cinema. Temple of Doom may be a bit gloomy, puts children in danger, and confines its action primarily to one spot, but it still has everything you want from a good movie. John Williams' score infuses the sacrifice sequence with a sense of building dread. The chanting, the heavy drums all building into a wild climax of heart burning and lava filled mayhem. The mine car chase is wild fun and Indy's bridge manoeuvre is one hell of a climax. The Temple of Doom may not be Raiders but it’s still an entertaining film and possibly one of Spielberg’s most underrated.