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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 Paws

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm and Paramount Pictures present a PG-13, 154-minute, Action, Adventure, directed by James Mangold, written by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and David Koepp with a theater release date of June 30, 2023.

The story opens to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) surrounded by Nazi Germans during war. Jones is out to capture a certain object that is carried on a train held by Jurgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen). The same train filled with Nazi’s that is holding Basil Shaw (Toby Jones) a scientist that is friends with Jones. Fast forward to America, Jones has aged quite well, a bit cranky to his young neighbors, separated from his love Marion (Karen Allen) and about ready to retire as a college Professor.

But retirement is not in his cards especially when he gets a visit from his Godchild Helena Shaw (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). It seems she is looking for a device that is being hidden by Jones that dates back to the Roman times and its creator, Archimedes. This clock comes in pieces and Jones only has one piece of the puzzle so to speak. Well, that is until Agent Mason (Shaunette Renee Wilson) shows up with her goons after the exact object that Voller and Shaw want. Voller wants it to travel through time but Shaw wants it to pay off her debt.

Yet at a private auction across the world, everyone shows up, Shaw and her little friend Teddy (Ethann Isidore), Voller and Jones, all feel that this historical piece of gold belongs to them. So, the journey begins with each of the persons fighting and traveling for not only the one piece they already have but to find the other pieces that complete this device. Certainly, though if it falls in the wrong hands, it could change the course of history forever. It takes Jones, Shaw and Teddy to team up against Voller and his henchmen to not only find the other hidden parts but to keep them out of the hands of the Nazi’s.

I really enjoyed this film it really brought back memories of all Ford’s past films he did as Indiana Jones. Great direction but I think the writing could have been a bit shorter making the story 120-minutes rather than the length it is. Great cinematography, score and wardrobe all add up to a great journey filled with action, fantasy and of course adventure. I did notice one blooper though when Helena is doing a card trick with Renaldo (Antonio Banderas) on his boat, pay close attention to the deck of cards. Overall, I welcome back the franchise and at his age Ford still kicks butt. Obviously, Ford is older but I don’t think he needed to point it out but he does as a bit of humor. He is great in everything he does and in case you wonder about his son from the past, Jones will explain what happened. I liked Waller-Bridge, not at first but she grew on me especially when she teams up with Jones’ character. There are some cameos by some actors from the past movies along with a great supporting cast. As for animals in this story, creepy crawling insects, dogs, horses and eels to name a few. All except for maybe the horse scene seemed safe, I ‘m sure the AHA kept their eyes on some of the stunts the horse performed. Indiana Jones back on the big screen for a whole new generation, it’s pretty cool.

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