It almost seems weird to say, but a new Indiana Jones film is now in theaters. What started a half century ago has likely now concluded. With James Mangold taking over directing duties from Steven Spielberg, the franchise is ending with a bit of a new spin, though mostly with nostalgia for what’s come before. So, with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny out, an obvious Awards Radar Community Question presented itself. Folks, what did you think of Indy’s latest adventure?
In my review of the film (here), I opened with the following:
It’s kind of crazy that this movie even exists. Just think about it. Indiana Jones has been a big screen character for over 40 years now. Sure, Raiders of the Lost Ark got two good to very good sequels in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, but the long in development Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull underwhelmed, seemingly putting the franchise on ice. Now, Indy is back, not so much taking a victory lap as much as attempting to go out with more of a bang. The result is Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which won’t make anyone forget about the first three, but is a welcome step up from the fourth one. Mostly, if you enjoy this character, there’s more fun to be had with him, before hanging up the fedora for good.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a farewell to an all-timer of a cinematic character. At the same time, it’s an adventure fit for our hero. Not all of it works, but in comparison to the wildly uneven nature of his prior outing, this is mostly satisfying. Would it perhaps have been better to just leave Indy be? Maybe, but after continuing on from a really strong trilogy, it made sense to try and course correct here. What we end up with is no modern classic, to be sure, but an entertaining adventure with an old friend.
If you dig the flick, definitely say so. If you found it lacking, which a decent sized minority of viewers have found, that’s cool too. However you feel about Harrison Ford‘s swan song as Indy, we’re keen to find out. so, don’t be shy!
Now, it’s your turn to chime in on the movie. What did you think of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny? We’re all ears, ladies and gentlemen…
What are your thoughts on Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny? Let us know!