Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ★★★★★

maybe my favorite Spielberg at this point. top 3 at least.

- Capshaw is really great. a better role than Allen’s in the first film and a more impressive performance too. plays all three of the characters moods — repulsion, fear, desire — memorably.

- It’s all better in a theater, of course, but the scene that stood out to me as especially improved on a big screen was the opening musical number. next-level.

- I’ve been reading Carl Barks’ Duck comics over the past year, and the influence his work had on Lucas and Spielberg is crystal clear here. this is essentially their version of one of his Uncle Scrooge adventures, encompassing both what makes his work exceptional — memorable characters, humor, clear and exciting set-pieces — and what makes it regrettably imperfect — all the uncomfortable orientalism.

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