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(Hi Gasmi, last weekend I watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was some kind of awesome. Then I watched today’s movie, Indiana Jones in the Temple of Doom, which was also very entertaining. Just in a very different way. Let’s take a look)
Our movie starts with a big budget 30’s style Busby Berkeley type musical number, which I guess is in the movie, because Steven Speilberg went to film school, so he has range. And also a final cut on the movie, but it’s kind of fun, so we go with it and get through the opening credits.
We find ourselves in some fancy nightclub in 1930-something Shanghai. Indiana Jones is there in a white dinner jacket looking to trade some precious moments figurine for a big piece of costume jewelry . Sorry I mean the last remains of the first Emperor of China for some big honking diamond. Trust me, if we don’t start suspending our disbelief now, we’re going to be an extra long couple of hours here.
So Indy is trading something for something with some shady Chinese gangsters. Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) also shows up right about this time to be Indiana Jones romantic interest for the picture.
Hey remember Karen Allen in Raider’s of the Lost Ark? Strong, yet vulnerable, able to take take of her self in a pinch, but still looks good in an evening gown? Yeah, the creative team behind this movie went in a different direction then that sort of character. What sort of direction did they go in? Well do you remember how Lucy would always cry when Ricky wouldn’t let her be in the show on I Love Lucy? Let’s just say there is no shortage of “Ricky, WHAAAAAAAAAA!” in this movie. You know, if you keep making that face a bird is going to build a nest on your lower lip, and I’ve just gotten used to him nesting on mine.
Okay, back to the movie with Indy and the Chinese gangsters. It turns out Indy doesn’t trust the Chinese gangsters, which would be kind of racist if they hadn’t just poisoned him. Not to worry, because Indy kills the gangster with the worst teeth with a flaming shish kabob, and then goes rooting around on the floor looking for the antidote, which gets tricky because they dump a bunch of balloons and ice on the floor.
Indy can’t find the antidote, but he hides behind a great big gong to keep from getting machinegunned which keeps this from being a five minute movie.
Things start looking up because Willie Scott finds the antidote while she is trying to find the big honking diamond, and then Harrison Ford gang tackles her, and they both go flying through a window, and crash through a bunch of scaffolding to land in the back of some car that immediately hauls ass out of the scene before the audience’s BS detector can go off.