Okay so I have been fortunate enough to take a social media class at NYIT. The first couple of classes I was a little intimated not only by the professor but also by the work flow. We already didn’t get off on the right foot (in a friendly way) because my first blog post was about The Last Jedi and how much I didn’t like it. Also if you like that movie you need to re watch realize its bad and than atone for your sins.
Anyways it was only a couple of weeks in where one of his past students brought in a Star Wars print that was signed by JJ Abrams for him. I was immediately thrown out of my seat and astounded. I started to talk more in class thinking ‘man, what a cool professor” and that was the thought in my head until one day where it all went downhill.
I don’t necessarily remember the context, I think we were right about to talk about the midterm when all of a sudden he talked about how Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was a terrible movie. I tried to argue but ht wanted to get moving onto the midterm so we couldn’t say much. He said I was too young and that I still had time to realize my wrongs. So here we are today about 5 or 6 weeks later and as my final blog post I’ll be explaining why Temple of Doom is great.
The Raiders of the Lost Ark is an iconic piece of cinema without a doubt however the opening of temple to me is way more enjoyable. You see a more calm Indy, he’s not fighting Nazi’s here. He’s like an old action hero like Bond, and on top of that the very first opening with song of Anything Goes shows that your in for a different type of Indy.
Another thing to be loved about Doom is that it stands out. 1 and 3 are both fighting Nazis and preventing from reaching this ancient power. Temple of Doom is about finding an underground slave cult and preventing the leader from sacrificing people to the gods and attaining power through the stones. It truly stands out between the two and makes it feel more unique.
The film feels a lot more sinister and Dark. The enemies of Raiders and Crusade are both Nazi’s, worst comes to worst they’re still only humans. However the emperor Mola Ram although looks human, he wields a power and just has this presence on screen that makes you want to run and cower into a corner. When he rips the guys heart out or even when he speaks it almost makes you think if hes even human. Belloq and Donovan definitely do not do that for me.
Of course when talking about this film I can’t exactly ignore what people consider it’s most popular flaws. I have to be honest I don’t have a rebuttal for the raft scene. It’s not realistic of course and it is ridiculous. I wish I had an argument for it but it is really dumb. The second being Short Round. To be honest I love the kid. He adds a sense of humanity into Indy, he;s not some invincible manly action hero. He still his just a human and you see that when he talks about taking care of short round in the camp. He adds this sense of responsibility in Indy, and I never really found him annoying. I always thought he was adorable.
Temple of Doom is my favorite Indy film and probably be that way for a long time. Professor you are wrong and you will continue to be wrong until you atone. Even that being said, being in your class has been an absolute delight and a memory that will stay with me past graduation.