Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
1984
The second film in the Indiana Jones series takes Indy, young sidekick Short Round and spoiled songbird Willie Scott to a remote fortress in India to find a missing magical stone. In the process, the trio stumbles upon a pagan cult.

Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

I cannot fathom what Steven Spielberg thought he was making with this movie, but I can understand his need to repent five years later with a more serious Indy film. This has to be one of the most shrill, irritating films ever to become a renowned classic. Where the original "Raiders" made you seize your date's forearm in excitement, this film can make you pull out your hair in aggravation: Whole scenes consist of Kate Capshaw running around in circles shrieking her head off. This is Spielberg with all of the talent but none of the taste, putting all of his directorial skill towards achieving an effect that feels like nails on chalkboard, and Spielberg nails the effect. By the time the action-filled final act began and the film found its footing again, it was far too late: In terms of tone and overall effect, this has to be one of the worst and most aggravating films I've ever watched.

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