Thought it'd be good to have a thread for fans of Temple Of Doom. If it's your favorite Indy movie or at least cracks your top two of the series, this is the thread for you.
TOD has always been my favorite of the series. While Raiders is also a classic and another favorite of mine, I think TOD is plainly the most entertaining and easily rewatchable of the series. I always liked the much darker tone and more eerie approach it took and how at times it's so much like a Horror movie. It's got the best villains, action and music of the series, Indy at his most cutthroat but also heroic, and some of the best and most iconic moments of the series are in TOD. Can't hate the movie that gave us the likes of the spike/bug chamber, the sacrifice, the mine cart chase, showdown on the bridge, etc. and some may not like the lack of Nazis as the villains but I always thought it felt fresh having totally different enemies and this movie showed Nazis aren't always a necessity for the series.
I hate the bashing and hate TOD gets so much but it's good to see it has it's share of fans and defenders. Truly one of my all-time favorites alongside the original. The series as a whole is excellent and I'd always be very hard-pressed to imagine it without TOD. Plus of all the films it's the most pulpy and feels most like the vintage adventure serials that inspired the series in the first place. The pulpy, EC Comics-like feel was sadly lost in the subsequent movies, and for me that was a big part of what made the first two so special.
Post by twothousandonemark on Feb 21, 2018 5:54:57 GMT
A+ Raiders. B+ all the 3 sequels alike for me, each with unique highs & lows.
Temple is my #2 fav behind Raiders - Harrison Ford at his physical peak, Temple is even more 'Indiana Jones'ish' than even Raiders because gratuitous fun & stunts. Willie & Shortround are actually kinda tolerable as I get older. Alas, the opening scene & the dinner scene at the palace are weak points... which sucks cuz both prime expositional moments I'm tuned out of.
Alas, the opening scene .... weak points That's my favorite scene ... when they are chasing the diamond among the ice cubes ! Smacked of the opening scene of Raiders with excitement that turned out to have nothing to do with the rest of the story.
Since this thread is for fans of the film ... I am done now ... it's my least fav of the series
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I like it a lot. Though I don't think it's quite as good as Raiders, it was the first one I've seen and I go back and fourth between this and Last Crusade for the best sequel. It has perhaps the most fun factor of the 4 and yeah I also liked how they made the race of villains different for this series. I don't see many people hate it TBH.
Depends largely on whether the mine ride and the ice/diamond chase can over come the child slavery, torture, the ripping out of living hearts and being served food that the host knows will be found repulsive ...
It gets hated a lot if you look, and there's times it arguably is more disliked than even Crystal Skull. Not uncommon for a lot of people to say it's the worst even with the fourth movie into account.
I'd never argue Raiders being the best, but I think TOD is by far the most entertaining and even though it's very different from Raiders at the same time it has the same adventurous feeling to it.
I know I may have heard a few say it's their least fave, but for the grand majority, it's always Crystal Skull that's said to be the worst.
I guess it depends where you look and who you ask, but TOD gets a lot of disliking and I know of plenty who even with Crystal Skull in the mix cite it as the worst.
While I like Last Crusade, I'm in the small minority of fans who cites it as their least favorite although I still enjoy it very much. To me there's no such thing as a bad Indy film. The initial disappointment I felt over Crystal Skull went away with rewatches.
I think Temple of Doom is very good, I’m unsure why it gets a lot of hate. It has some of the best sequences in the franchise IMO : the mine cart chase, the final battle on the bridge, the opening scene in the club where they are trying to get the diamond and the antidote. I also liked the darker, more horrifying feel of the movie.
On the negative side, I did find Willie irritating and I didn’t care for the palace scene with all the bizarre food, it just felt over the top and pointless.