Grab your satchel and whip because it’s time to go on another adventure with Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The film is directed by James Mangold who is best known for Logan.
In this last installment, the story begins with young Indy (Harrison Ford) and his friend Basil Shaw (Toby Shaw) stealing a piece of the Antikythera (built by mathematician Archimedes) from Nazi archaeologist Dr. Voller (Mads Mikkelsen). The Antikythera is believed to have the ability to manipulate time by allowing anyone to travel to the past. Fast forward years later, we see an old Indy dealing with retirement and a looming divorce. That’s until Shaw’s daughter, Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), discovers where Indy hid piece of the Antikythera. What Indy doesn’t know is that the U.S. government has been seeking her out for selling artifacts to the highest bidder. Now that the government is on their tail Voller reappears to continue his quest to repair the Antikythera and change the course of time. This leads to a chase around the globe to prevent the possible chance of history being rewritten.
I had a lot of fun watching this film from the acting, storytelling, and action. Of course, the big standout is Harrison Ford who did not miss a beat when reprising his role as Indy. He still felt like the same Indy back when Raiders of the Lost Ark came out. The story was interesting and a lot better than the last film. Many of the action sequences did have CGI effects, but it wasn’t terrible. There are some moments that had plot holes which pulled me out a bit. I do find it difficult to give this movie an honest rating because this franchise is loved by everyone, especially me.
So, this film for me probably ranks second to last in the franchise, but that’s because the earlier movies (except Crystal Skull) were so well done. Dial of Destiny is a well-executed Indy movie that has all the characteristics of an old Indy movie. I do recommend seeing this at least once in theaters with your family and friends.
Rating: 3.8 out of 5