Has Indiana Jones worn out his welcome? Not for me he hasn’t, but others might disagree. Like many other fans, the fourth movie in the franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was a huge disappointment. It was the sci-fi alien ending that did it in for me. For others, they checked out even earlier. It’s a tough job trying to recreate the same movie magic that went into the earlier films without duplicating them. Audiences are fickle. We want something fresh and new but not too new. We simultaneously want and hate callbacks to the earlier films too. But here we are again with a new adventure. And I can’t wait to see it.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the 5th is the series since 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The timeline has moved up to 1969 and involves the Space Race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Rumor has it that for this new story, Jones (Harrison Ford) is upset with the U.S. government recruiting former Nazis in the moon-landing program. One of them is Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen) who wants to make the world a better place, but on his own terms. Boyd Holbrook plays Klaber, Voller’s right-hand man.
John Rhys-Davies will be reprising his role as Sallah, Indy’s old friend who helped him find the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail. Also, for this time around, Indy will be aided by his goddaughter, Helena played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Directed by James Mangold, the new adventure also stars Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Oliver Richters and Ethann Isidore. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are serving as executive directors and John Williams is providing the score as always.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny opens on June 30, 2023.
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