A rollercoaster ride of racism - that is to say, exhilarating and nauseous in equal measure. Should feature on the dictionary page for "problematic". But, taking the minecart ride sequence in isolation, I'll give it a guilty 3 stars, though probably shouldn't. At the very least, I won't be showing it to any of my kids. Not that I'm having kids.
Film as fairground ride (probably literally so in some US theme park). It's superbly assembled of course, but rather synthetic and leaves a slightly nasty taste in the mouth with rather too-violent detail. I'm not sure of the value in pastiching such adventure serial hokum but Speilberg handles these things with such skill that criticism should perhaps be aimed at lesser examples of this bloated genre.
While objectively not the "best" Indy film, it might well be my favourite and was certainly the one I watched the most growing up. I love it for being relatively dark, weird and scary and the Indian temple setting is a welcome break from fighting Nazis. I've never understood why this one is so derided.
I haven't thought about this film in a long time, and although I enjoyed it during my childhood, I still had more lasting impression from the two other episodes of the trilogy. Today I can say that, apart from a subject standpoint, this is a masterpiece, almost a song which never stops.