REVIEW: ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ a summer must-watch

A nice bow at the end of the Indiana Jones series

An official poster of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.


An official poster of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.”


Don your brown fedoras and head for your local movie theater; the latest Indiana Jones movie is worth a watch.

If you have read any of my previous articles and top ten lists, you might notice that I am an avid consumer of 1980s culture. Seeing Michael Keaton don the hood to become Batman in “The Flash” and Harrison Ford branding the Indiana Jones moniker again in “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” was a cool experience for me.

I vividly remember sitting on my break at my high school part-time job when I saw the announcement for the then-untitled “Indiana Jones 5.” I was over the moon. Then it was delayed a bunch of times … but here we are! It has finally come out.

With how much critics have lambasted this movie, I was equally nervous and excited walking into the theater. I know that a movie critic’s job is to be critical, but I know there is some truth in what they observe.

I do not know what movie other critics watched because I personally really enjoyed “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” Is it the best movie in the Indiana Jones franchise? No. But I truly think that “Raiders of the Lost Ark” is the best movie in the action-adventure genre, so being the best is a nearly impossible task to accomplish.

The first 15 or so minutes include some incredible animation of Harrison Ford, harking back to Indiana Jones’ appearance in roughly the “Last Crusade” era. Using some de-aging technology that I cannot begin to explain, the movie puts on a really convincing show of Indiana in his 30s or 40s.

While there is a fair share of high-adrenaline action sequences in this movie, the most important theme throughout “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is the importance of accepting the past and moving on.

The first couple of the movie’s sequences are actually pretty heartbreaking; seeing a character who I idolized growing up seem completely lost in the era that he is living in was tough to watch.

The bulk of the movie takes place in 1969, and there was something about seeing a character like Indiana Jones as an old man watching the Moon Day parades as the United States reached the moon that made me kind of sad.

I always picture Indy as a mid-20s to early-30s man that is full of energy and spirit, so watching him teach a class of uninterested students using a projector instead of a chalkboard pulled on my heartstrings.

I do not want to give too much of the plot away, but this movie was fun. It does not matter that it was not a cinematic masterpiece or that it did not have a cryptic ending that was up for interpretation. I understand that those kinds of movies have their value, but a high-thrill movie that is able to tug your feelings and make you introspective is a good time for me.

It makes me sad that this is the last Indiana Jones movie, but it really should be; the creators tied a really nice bow at the end of his story. I hope they do not do any spinoffs, TV shows or “young” versions of Indy because those can get messy and start to dilute the characters or story.

There are some unexpected turns, some fun laughs and some good old-fashioned chase scenes. “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is a must-watch this summer; do not listen to the critics (besides me).