After my poor review of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" last week I was waiting for people to leave comments complaining. None came. That makes me feel justified in my criticism. It was a silly film which received completely unjustified praise. Based on the lack of contradiction everyone agrees with me. However, if there is one Indiana Jones fan out there who was too shy to respond to my article, I hope that my five star rating of "Temple of Doom" will make him happy. This film has everything that the first film doesn't. Right from the parody of the Rank gong in the first few seconds I knew the film would be something special. Then the Chinese version of "Anything Goes" left me wide-mouthed and amazed. And Harrison Ford's appearance in the bar like a 1930's James Bond. If the film had stopped there I would have been happy.
But the film didn't stop there. It was action all the way. When it comes to making action movies, Steven Spielberg is probably the world's best director. I wouldn't say that he's my favourite director. I mean that he's technically perfect. If there are rules that students learn in film school on how to structure a film, he follows every rule. He takes no risks. I prefer Quentin Tarantino because he takes risks and breaks the rules, but Steven Spielberg is so perfect that he couldn't possibly make a bad film.
Let's just forget that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was ever made. I'm not contradicting myself by saying it was a mediocre film. The problem was that it was influenced by George Lucas too much. That dragged the quality down. "Temple of Doom" is Steven Spielberg's film all the way.
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