One thing was for certain with my summertime adventures, at some point, there would be a release of an Indiana Jones film hitting theaters. Knowing that Indy would take me on an adventures that could only be lived out in my wildest dreams was a thrill ride I was always willing to take. Yet this time, the question is poised as to what one would do if you could back in time to change your life and the history of the world? Would you do it or would you let things be?
With the franchise that made him into global phenomenon, Harrison Ford grabbed that whip and hat for one last adventure with Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny. This film is quintessential Indiana Jones and wastes no time getting into the heart of the matter. What makes this chapter unlike its predecessors is that Jones is now an aging professor on the heels of retirement, when an unexpected, yet familiar presence appears thrusting him right back into action.
Directed by the magnificent James Mangold, Jones finds himself racing against time to retrieve a legendary dial with the ability to change the course of history. Accompanied by his goddaughter (Phoebe Waller Bridge), he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a former Nazi who now works for NASA.
One can always expect danger, intrigue, a femme fatale-ish character, a young kid, an old friend and a clever solution to whatever predicament Jones has found himself faced with. What wasn’t expected with this chapter was going into the backstory of Indiana Jones’ personal life, loss and his psyche adjusting into an aging adventurer. This provides the film with heart and a perfect exit for a beloved character and franchise.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, like her predecessors, was crafty, comical and physically adept to handle the craziness of the stunts coming along with the territory. She literally was the perfect addition and would be great great to see it move forward with her in charge. One can wish, right?! It goes without saying that Harrison Ford has morphed into this character over the decades and handles each adventure with a child’s heart, curious nature and enthusiasm making him worth the ride…ALWAYS. Scenes on top of trains, in moving vehicles and of course in a cave somewhere are always stressful, yet fun to watch, as they are staples of any story centered around our hero.
Just in time for the holiday weekend and produced by 20th Century Studios, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is in theatres NOW!