How Come Temple's Got a Bad Rap?

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Posted by Andrea from on October 04, 1998 at 10:34:12:

Am I one of the few that believe Temple of Doom is arguably the best
in the series? Most completely disagree with me, which is perfectly

Still, I find Temple to be *ultimate* Indy: Ford isn't as wooden, the
action is larger than life (as it should be), the tone lighter (I
feel Raiders was taking itself a bit too seriously), the
characters humorous and the locations most exotic of the series.
Not to mention the risks Speilberg took with this one. I just hate to hear Speilberg apologizing for this entry in the series ["show a little backbone, will ya'?!"]

Crusade, by comparison, was quite a reactionary response to those
who didn't like Temple; in my opinion, it was extremely conservative
and thus by the numbers. It was safe. And this was the film experience
that convinced me to be a filmmaker!

Of course, Raiders started it all, and it's fabulous. But like I pointed out, I felt the tone was just a bit too serious. Hey, we're talking pulp here! Don't get me wrong, I love Indy, but it seems Temple always, unjustifiably, gets the bad rap.


P.S. For those of you not familiar with Pauline Kael, the former film critic for the New Yorker, I would strongly suggest you check out her review on Temple. It hits the nail on the head, in my opinion, and truly does the film critical justice.

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