Friday, July 14, 2023

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny - Spoiler Alert

Late Friday afternoon, Sharon and I went to the Country Club Cinema to see Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The movie is a sequel to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as well as the fifth and final installment in the Indiana Jones film series.

The film stars Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, and Karen Allen reprising their roles as Indiana Jones, Sallah, and Marion Ravenwood, respectively. New cast members include Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas and Mads Mikkelsen. I thought that Waller-Bridge [Fleabag, No Time to Die] did a nice job in the role of Jones' goddaughter.

Set in 1969, the film follows Indiana Jones and his estranged goddaughter, Helena Shaw, who are trying to locate a time-travel device before J├╝rgen Voller (Mikkelsen), a Nazi-turned-NASA scientist that plans to use it to alter the outcome of World War II. The time-travel device is based on the Antikythera mechanism found among wreckage of a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera in 1901. It is believed that it is the oldest known example of an analogue computer and was used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses decades in advance.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. I recommend it. Nevertheless, I am not enthusiastic about books and movies that use time travel as a plot vehicle. As Sharon's brother Tom said, at least they didn't have Jones stay in the past or resurrect his dead son.

We saw the fourth movie fifteen years ago. [Note to self], watching this film does motivate me to want to go back and watch the first four films again.

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