While most fans of the Indiana Jones franchise label Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as their least favorite and refer to it as the worst in the series, there are a select few that give that title to Temple of Doom. The second installment in the series of films has always been third on my list (actually it would be second, because I can never decide which is better, Raiders or Crusade, it has always been a tie), and the lists of most people I know, with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull being last. As it turns out, one of those select few I mentioned happens to be director, Steven Spielberg, who says Temple of Doom is his least favorite Indiana Jones film.
This interesting bit of information comes from Susan Lacy, a filmmaker who spent over 30 hours interviewing Spielberg for her new documentary, ‘Spielberg’, premiering October 7, on HBO.
Spielberg is known for being able to look ahead during the filmmaking process, but it may have been difficult for him to use his visionary tactics with Temple of Doom, simply because of the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Trying to top a movie of this magnitude, and deciding where the story can go from here can be extremely stressful and may be a reason why film is set at an earlier time than Raiders of the Lost Ark, and is actually a prequel. He was quoted in 1989 as saying “There’s not an ounce of my own personal feeling in ‘Temple of Doom.’” This is surprising as Temple of Doom is still a good Indiana Jones movie, and a great 80’s movie
I will absolutely be watching this documentary, what are your thoughts on Spielberg, and where does Temple of Doom rank on your Indy list? Let us know in the comments down below!
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