Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a decent movie. However, the adventures feel forced, and it isn’t as thrilling as earlier adventures.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie. It’s fun; it’s wacky; it works. But I couldn’t get over how bad younger Harrison Ford. Digital de-aging isn’t working, and Disney should get over it.
So, putting that aside, the film has enough throwback charm, humor, and attention to character that it comes close to earning its spot in a franchise that frankly should have ended with Indy riding off into the sunset in Last Crusade. We didn’t need this movie, we didn’t ask for it, but here we go.
The acting throughout is solid, and the special effects are, as expected, state of the art (except for the bad de-aging). In fact, I really enjoyed seeing older Indiana again, discovering how his life went post the last movie. In addition, Phoebe Waller-Bridge started the movie as a great addition and counter-character to Indie. However, halfway thru the movie, she turns into a typical trope that was just annoying to be honest.
Plus, the third act sounds like a Marvel movie. Did we really need to add time travel to an already busy movie? No. Did the time travel affect anything? No. So why did we add it? Director James Mangold should have cut it and kept the movie under two hours.
This a movie for the nostalgia-minded, not the new fans.
Should You Watch It?
With plenty of entertaining action and a few surprising twists, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny ends the series on a decent note. For heaven’s sake Disney, stop forcing sequels.
Where Can I Watch It?
You can stream Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny exclusively on Disney+ everywhere.