Perhaps one of the biggest question marks heading into this summer’s movie season is that of James Mangold Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. It’s the latest installment in a beloved franchise, though its predecessor, 2008’s Realm of the Crystal Skull, is seen by many as a stain on the series’ reputation. In addition, Dial of Destiny It’s the first in the franchise not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, and those two factors combined, lead to uncertainty over whether the new movie could bring back some of the property’s glory. While star Harrison Ford is adamant that this is his last as the iconic archeologist, the stakes are high. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny It doesn’t quite match the heights that came before it, but with assured performance at the heart of the Ford, it’s still an entertaining and nostalgic ride.
Dial of Destiny Begins in the past, as a prologue set in 1944 reveals the first brush with Antikythera, the latest MacGuffin of the Indiana Jones (Ford) franchise. He stumbles upon it while trying to recover another artifact stolen by the Nazis, and his discovery brings him into conflict with Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a scientist fascinated by the opportunities Antikythera offers. Created by Archimedes, this mysterious dial is said to be able to change time. Years later, in 1969, Indiana is approaching retirement and facing a world where everyone is looking to the future instead of looking back to the past. His now-tranquil — and admittedly lonely — life is turned upside down by the arrival of his goddaughter Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), who once again wants to reclaim Antithykera, though not for the same reasons as Indy. As Voller, now working for NASA’s space program, is still looking for it, Indy and Helena must race to find it and stop his destructive plans from being carried out.
The plot of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny offers mixed results