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Temple Of Doom Fans

Discussion in 'Indiana Jones' started by Doom Trooper, Feb 2, 2021.

  1. Doom Trooper

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    Thought it'd be good to have a fan thread and haven for Temple Of Doom, which has never been the darling of the series but for me has always been my favorite. If it's also your favorite or at least cracks your top two and upper tier of the series, this is the topic for you. And I politely ask that please, no haters or dislikers of this installment in here. It gets hated enough as is.

    Temple Of Doom has always been my favorite Indy movie by a fair margin. While Raiders is also a timeless classic and one of the all-time greats (can't believe it'll turn 40 this year!), I find TOD to simply easily be the most entertaining and rewatchable of the bunch and it's always my go-to Indy for pure entertainment. I always enjoyed it's much darker, creepier and all-around weirder tone, and how at times it's so much like a Horror film and almost has the same aesthetic and vibe as a 1950s EC Horror comic. Of all the Indy films it's the one most like the vintage pulp magazines and adventure serials that influenced the character in the first place. It has arguably the best villains of the series, some of the absolute greatest setpieces and action bits of the series with moments like the epic mine cart chase and the showdown on the bridge, and scores of other memorable moments such as the spike/bug chamber and the human sacrifice. A lot of people dislike the lack of Nazis but I always felt it was refreshing to have a totally different type of villain and the Thuggees were memorable in their own right (and come on, who doesn't love Mola Ram? Hands down the best and most terrifying adversary Indy ever had). TOD was a departure with the lack of Nazis and more Christian-oriented relics, sure, but the good kind of departure. Plus Short Round is one of my favorite supporting characters and while I can see why not a lot of people would find her annoying, I never minded Willie Scott and she always gives me a good chuckle. And no proper discussion is complete without mention of John Williams' absolutely incredible score, especially the Slave Children's Crusade. What a beyond phenomenal piece of music.

    I hate seeing TOD get bashed on so much but it has it's share of fans and defenders at least, and it's one of those films I'll always happily defend to my deathbed. I hope Indy 5 is along the lines of it, as Indy definitely deserves a much more dark, bold adventure for his final outing. TOD has always been one of my all-time favorites alongside Raiders, and I can never imagine the series without it. I find it as epic and iconic as Raiders in it's own right.
     
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    I don’t love it like I love Raiders and Crusade, but it’s still a really good movie. Parts of it haven’t exactly aged the best, but it’s a solid film overall. It’s also very interesting to watch it when you know that the darker tone is reflective of the problems Spielberg and Lucas were currently facing in their lives.

    Everyone can (probably) agree that it’s at least better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which I don’t even dislike or hate like some people. And as much as I love The Last Crusade, it does retread a lot of ground set by Raiders of the Lost Ark, probably to compensate for some of the dissatisfaction with ToD at the time. (Sort of like what happened with the most recent Star Wars trilogy.) It definitely is the most unique of the four Indiana Jones movies; I guess we’ll have to wait and see if the fifth one takes that title if it ever actually comes out...
     
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