Indiana Jones has returned. Harrison Ford has sported his brown fedora and leather vest for a fifth and unquestionably final time, 34 years after the movie that was intended to be his farewell outing—it even featured the word “Last” in the title—and 15 years after he made a comeback in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
But on this occasion, he is 80, and the movie isn’t being made by the co-creator of the series, Steven Spielberg, but instead by James Mangold, so Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is likely to be a disaster.
This Is Indiana Jones’ Last Movie
It’s an honorable and capable contribution to the series. The disappointing part is that it could have been better to have a catastrophe. The Dial of Destiny spends the majority of its runtime ticking off everything you’ve already seen in other Indiana Jones movies but with little of Spielberg’s sparkle.
It does, however, take a sudden, bold, and certain to cause controversy to swerve into bizarre frontiers in its final half-hour. Indy Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the franchise’s fifth entry, has its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. After that, the initial reviews appeared, praising the stars of the action-packed sequel.
“At eighty years old, Henry Ford himself gives it his all, even though the role originally needs him to look like he would rather be anyplace else,” wrote Robbie Collin in a review for The Telegraph. He also noted that co-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, of Fleabag acclaim, is “perfectly adequate in [her] character — and every bit as much the protagonist of the piece as Ford.”