Unpopular opinion time: I love the two sidekicks. Willie is helpless but is genuinely funny and charming and Shorty a very capable street smart kid with a really endearing relationship with Indy. Plus, this movie has one of the best action/adventure scenes in cinematic history, the scene in the mine is genuinely exciting. Liked it better than 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'.
This sequel has some great action set pieces and such a good opening sequences that the movie never manage to top it again. Harrison Ford is still perfect in the role, but Spielberg adds his own wife to play the most annoying "damsels in distress" women I have seen on film making me miss Karen Allen even more. Annoying kid actor too and the material is too bleak with hearts ripped out and disgusting food tasting.
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.