The Indiana Jones franchise might be out of time, but maybe that’s why the fifth and final entry, Dial of Destiny, is about time! And it’s about time we review it. Harrison Ford returns, naturally, as the titular adventurer, now in his golden years as the series enters 1969. But you know who doesn’t return? Steven Spielberg! Or George Lucas. Since its premiere at Cannes, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny has certainly divided critics and longtime fans alike. But we’ll do our best to excavate our own thoughts on a movie that may or may not belong in a museum.
Dial of Destiny was directed by James Mangold, who co-wrote it with Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and David Koepp. In addition to Ford, the cast includes Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, John Rhys-Davies, Karen Allen, and Mads Mikkelsen. The film opened nationwide on June 30 through Disney and Lucasfilm and has a 154-minute runtime.
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Synopsis for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny:
A LEGEND WILL FACE HIS DESTINY. Finding himself in a new era, approaching retirement, Indy wrestles with fitting into a world that seems to have outgrown him. But as the tentacles of an all-too-familiar evil return in the form of an old rival, Indy must don his hat and pick up his whip once more to make sure an ancient and powerful artifact doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. [Source: Letterboxd]