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GO TO: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) dir. Steven Spielberg

11/26 @ Coolidge

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Don’t let the opening tap dance number fool you–Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the second installment in the franchise, sees plenty of action sequences with its titular character at the center.

Temple of Doom serves as a prequel, with Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)–college professor by day and tomb raider by nights, weekends, whenever tomb raiding comes up–stranded in India and on a mission to retrieve a sacred stone stolen from local villagers.

He isn’t alone in his quest, joined by child sidekick Short Round (Ke Huy Quan) and nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw). The unlikely trio venture to the nearby Pankot Palace where the stone is believed to be. Naturally, chaos ensues, with evil forces at play and a bevy of creepy crawlies.

Temple of Doom is filled with impressive visuals and inexplicable action sequences, but that’s what makes it fun. This installment leans more heavily into some darker elements, including ritual sacrifices and child slavery. The over-the-top action adds levity to the movie’s more gruesome plot points. If you are a fan of the franchise, and love seeing everyone’s favorite whip-wielding archaeologist with ophidiophobia, this one is definitely worth the watch.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1984
dir. Steven Spielberg
118 min.

Screens (on 35mm!) Saturday, 11/26, 11:59pm @ Coolidge Corner Theatre

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