At The Movies: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

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Verdict: 3.5/5

Over 40 years since the first movie hit cinemas, Indy is back for another globe-trotting adventure in the highly-anticipated ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’.

The movie sees Harrison Ford return to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for the final instalment – or so they say – of the iconic franchise.

Right from the opening scene, which is one of the best moments in ‘Dial of Destiny’, the movie’s action-packed sequences leave you on the edge of your seat. From fights on the top of a moving train to grand escapes, the heart-stopping moments are amplified even more when you see the physical toll it takes on the much older Indy.

There’s some great new additions to the cast, most notably Phoebe Waller-Bridge of ‘Fleabag’ fame, who brings her distinct comedic timing to the unpredictable character of Helena Shaw, goddaughter of Ford’s Indiana Jones.

There are plenty of call-backs to the original trilogy, some that are delivered in witty one-liners that make you laugh, and others that are more sentimental in nature.

Where it does fall short is the tail end of the movie. Despite it allegedly being the final chapter of the franchise, ‘Dial of Destiny’ goes out with a spark rather than a bang.

The final battle is still good, but it just doesn’t quite hit the mark of being great and the twist is sure to leave audiences divided.

All in all though, ‘Dial of Destiny’ is still an enjoyable ride and miles ahead of ‘Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ – not a difficult feat – but nostalgia can only carry a movie so far.

See this movie at Hoyts Penrith.

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