The Reel Review


This fifth and final installment starring Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones action/adventure saga has the now newly-retired archeologist on another daredevil quest for a relic – this time, a legendary dial capable of creating time travel. Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) co-stars as Jones’s fortune hunter goddaughter, with Mads Mikkelson (Another Round, Arctic) as a mad Nazi scientist seeking the relic to change the outcome of World War II.

Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

While the film is a nostalgic throwback for Indiana Jones fans, it also has a stale been-there, done-that feel to it. Characters are very reminiscent of prior films and the storyline is very predictable. That said, the film does kick off with some shockingly impressive de-aging CGI to transform a now 80-year-old Ford into a younger Indiana Jones during a rousing, 20-minute, WWII-era flashback action sequence. The film’s frenetic and at times cartoonish action from director James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari) harkens back to 1940s-and-50s-era Saturday matinees.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

It’s when the story reverts back to 1969 that the bloated, convoluted story starts to creak. Cameos from beloved franchise characters help distract a bit, but at nearly two and a half hours, the increasingly silly story is at least 30 minutes too long. Composer John Williams returns with his iconic, rousing score, and Ford and Waller-Bridge, with her deadpan, Fleabag-type humor, have great chemistry – at least giving Indiana Jones a sweet and fitting send off.


• Harrison Ford has stated that this will be his final film as Indiana Jones and that the franchise will end with him.

• This is the first film in the franchise not directed by Steven Spielberg nor written by George Lucas, who served as Executive Producers.

Harrison Ford and Karen Allen on the set of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark and right, Allen at the 2023 premiere of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

• Karen Allen, who won a Saturn Award for her role as Indiana Jones’ love interest in 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, continues to work as a stage and film actress and director. An avid knitter, Allen, 71, also owns a textile factory in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.



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