Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ★★★★

Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom is a pre-quel to Raiders in that it's set a few years before he reunites with Marion to chase the ark. It's also very unfortunate because I can't stand his new love interest Willie. She is the quintessential "damsel in distress" in that she constantly needs saving and can't do anything for herself. She wines about everything, cries when things don't go her way, and almost lets Indy and Shortround die. Why they went from Marion, a kickass female who is always trying to outsmart everyone, to Willie an almost unbearable person.

The film itself is fun, though I've always though it to be the odd one out as while it has many iconic Indy moments, it feels off. In the first film we have the Ark of the Covenant, in the third film we have Holy Grail, and in this film we have Indy up against a bad guy who pulls out peoples hearts and has slave children. It's an odd film, but this one is still so much fun that it buries all it's problem with the likable Harrison Ford, the wonder John Williams score, and the incredible directing by Steven Spielberg.

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