What Did You Think of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”? (My Thoughts)

I watched the new (final?) Indiana Jones movie recently at the Alamo Drafthouse, which has some special menu items for the film, and I enjoyed it!

I particularly wanted to speak highly of the final hour of the film, which has an almost dramatic change of tone compared to the first 90 minutes. Without saying anything specific, the final hour featured everything I enjoy the most about an Indiana Jones film: archaeology, exploration, adventure, and something a little supernatural. It’s great, and I highly recommend it.

The first 90 minutes is fine. In my opinion, though, it almost feels like a different movie; specifically, an action movie. It’s almost one nonstop chase scene after another, with 80-year-old Harrison Ford bouncing around like a Ninja Warrior contestant.

The action is well done, and there’s some classic Indiana Jones comedy to keep it light, but it wasn’t until the change of location in the final hour that I realized what I was missing. The unfortunate thing is that the movie had a massive budget, and I imagine that at least $100 million of it was spent on all these big action set pieces that don’t hold a candle to Indiana Jones literally holding a candle as he weaves through a booby-trapped tomb.

Also, I really liked the actual Dial. It looked great, and it’s function is just close enough to reality to be believable.

We also happened to watch 2018’s Tomb Raider the same weekend, which echoes Raiders of the Lost Ark in many ways. It was another good reminder of how much I enjoy heroes venturing into long-forgotten dungeons and solving puzzles as they go deeper and deeper.

What did you think of the new Indiana Jones movie?

2 thoughts on “What Did You Think of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”? (My Thoughts)”

  1. I do not understand your complaint about action sequences. The original Raiders of the Lost Ark had zillions of action sequences, for example the iconic rolling boulder scene in its prologue.

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    • I would very much put that scene in the category of dungeon/cave puzzle; it’s only the ending of the scene that is primarily action.

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