Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…
After the huge success of Raiders of the Lost Ark a sequel was inevitable. Following the formula of Star Wars, George Lucas wanted to go in a darker direction. The story would involve Indiana traveling to India. Lucas was inspired by the classic 1939 movie ‘ Gunga Din’. He wanted to incorporate black magic to push with the darker content. Lawrence Kasdan who had worked on Raiders refused to return because he felt the story George had come up with was mean spirited.
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom
Steven Spielberg was happy to push forward and direct the sequel but felt the darker side of the story was too much for him and injected a lot of humour into the script.
Once it came out it was very successful, breaking box office records but recieving mixed reviews mostly because it was ‘too violent’, especially for a PG-rated film and its stereotyping. Temple of Doom still causes debates today and Spielberg isn’t fond of the movie.
Let’s have a look back at this classic film and see why people have issues with it and if it still holds up today as a solid sequel to Raiders Of The Lost Ark.