Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Written by Potential Kermode on February 13, 2017

The best film in the series

Raiders was great but suffered patches of slowness where the momentum was damaged - I know people who actually fast forward Raiders when Indy and Sallah discover the Well of Souls and begin watching the film again at the plane fight sequence.

Temple of Doom, however, is a non stop rollercoaster ride - a thrilling, violent and funny adventure. Spielberg's best action film, in my opinion. Violence, horror, sentimentality, thrills, comedy - Temple has it all! And more!!!

John Williams provides a superb Indian infused score performed beautifully by the ever reliable London Symphony Orchestra probably my favourite musical score of the series too. Indy takes a severe beating in this adventure, famously losing his shirt sleeve in the process - whereas in the toned down Raiders rehash, Last Crusade, he merely gets a bit of dust on his hat.

A great whirlwind of energy this film is. Love it!