Indiana Jones & The Dial of Destiny REVIEW - NO SPOILERSJun 30, 2023
Indiana Jones on the Destiny
dialis more like Indiana Jones and his devastating personal life, this one is bleak, you know, I happen to watch Indiana Jones and Mission Impossible back to back, you know, night after night and I was really excited about it. , but it turned out to seem like a horrible idea because they are very similar structurally, long, intense sequences of trains, hectic car chases, and an older city abroad, and the bridge Phoebe Waller and Hayley Atwell basically play the same character. I mean, I know no one wants to show their cards, but I think the studios have to start talking to each other because this is getting a little ridiculous with Spider-verse and Flash very similar too, but overall, when all was said and done done and finished the Destiny movie, I would do it.
Let's just say this new Indiana Jones actually reminds me of another movie and that's a light year away. I know, let me tell you where I'm going with this, but in the sense that Disney has taken a happy, optimistic, fun character and decided to rip it up. down telling a grim story of how his life didn't really work out, alas, when I said, alas, I was quite surprised to sit back in my seat, but to be fair, I think both the light year and the Destiny
dialare really well done, uh , I think this movie in particular really shook me to my core, but that's not what anyone wants, whether these franchises you know you're going to see Toy Story, you're going to see Indiana Jones and they do the old Switcheroo, uh as if this isn't a fun popcorn movie this is almost trying to be like an awards contender and you're like what I blame Kathleen Kennedy once again she's trying to turn a popular franchise into something that doesn't is what should never have been, but also Waller Bridge is, uh, Phoebe Waller.
Bridge is a pest in this movie who has Kathleen Kennedy's fingerprints all over him. Kennedy also put Waller Bridge in Solo, where Bridge Waller Bridge was equally horrible, but fortunately her role was quite small here her role is very large and it's absolutely horrible. error uh, we'll talk a little more about Waller Bridge later in this
review. I have some. I have a fan. I'm a fan. It's hard to be a fan after this movie, but I also think the problem is James Mangold, he's a great writer. director, but he doesn't fit very well with Indiana Jones.
Indiana Jones has always been positive and optimistic that he can win the day when good will prevail, but not here without
spoilers. I think the best example I can give is his archeology class, so in the big Last Crusade scene, his classroom was absolutely full, several of his students had crushes on him, but here his class is poorly attended and the that have appeared do not respect Dr. Jones or the material. Why are you here? Indiana Jones is a world famous archaeologist. He had a university where the school and the students also valued him. What about the conference circuit?
Why isn't he on the speaking circuit? And what happens to all his friends at the museums he visits? He was giving her things over the years, doesn't he have connections there? I mean, it's almost like the movie wants him to be totally alone instead of making any sense for him to be. I mean, they gave him a reason to be depressed like you. I'll find out, so I guess it worked, but I wish I'd seen the moments that brought him down. I think maybe the movie would have earned more, whereas instead it was just alluded to and you saw the consequences of that I think maybe it would have been something that they already know, it's again, don't say it, I don't know why so many people in the industry don't seem to know that, especially with years and years of experience, okay, so this Dr.
Jones has been forgotten as has his work and archeology in general, especially with a new frontier that just opened a space that was actually a smart thing to do. Also, Indiana Jones' personal life, like I said, completely fell apart when our movie begins, he has nothing to reference. another Pixar movie, Carl from Up now and I didn't like that movie either, so maybe some of you will like this Bleak stuff now, like I said, that's not to say these aren't interesting observations and choices, there's a lot what can we do. Dive into the spoiler
reviewand the movie gives you a lot to think about.
I'm still thinking about it, but Indiana Jones is a fictional character, his life can change anyway, the creative people working on the movie wanted to do it and Indiana Jones is not the character to tell this story with uh shattered gravitates toward a Grim story, some of them have been pretty good like I said. I'm a fan of James Mangold's work and the visual style of him, although he's very cold and distant, while Steven Spielberg, who directed everyone else. The films in this franchise deal with hope and wonder in a warm and inviting visual style, and as I said, it turns out that Mangold couldn't have been a worse choice for this material, although Spielberg isn't blameless either because, of course, delivered the disastrous Crystal Skull um, this movie is better than Crystal Skull but it's an Indiana Jones movie, I mean, again, just like Kathleen Kennedy James Mangold has taken a beloved character and run in a direction that interests him personally and I don't really think that with the franchise fans want, that's a real shame and I don't know why he was allowed to do that.
Because I researched it and significantly trashed it. We wrote this script. I think for your interest, at least Spielberg and Harrison Ford are similar. He is old and I don't think Spielberg feels that his life is over, so I don't think he would apply that same feeling to the Indiana Jones character, but we all know that Harrison Ford has become a big grump and just like him bad . influenced the fate of Han Solo's hair, which she shouldn't have been able to do. Ford's bad attitude in real life. He has been allowed to seep into Indiana Jones.
Harrison Ford has never been a writer, director or producer and he should not be allowed to do so. creative decisions about the films he is working on is an actor, a very good actor, very nice at least he used to be. I think he still has a little bit of that left in him and he should stick to it and he should stop this curmudgeon. What it's not his brand, I mean, is that he's made it his brand, but that's why it's not as popular as it used to be. We already have Clint Eastwood. We don't need two.
There are many twists and turns in this movie. What an ending that is turning out to be quite divisive. I won't spoil it here, but I'll tell you what I think about it, so in this spoiler-free review let's break down the movie as best we can, which is why a lot has been said about it. the opening of the film with the elderly Harrison Ford and it's a very long sequence and the visual effects are pretty good, but they didn't. DH Harrison Ford's voice, which instantly breaks the illusion every time he opens his mouth, so I'm surprised I didn't think to do that because they can do audio manipulation too.
I think you only did half the job, uh, and so did I, Ford on that note has lost the lightness of the original portrayal of him and plays even the younger Indiana Jones. As a more serious and pessimistic person, one of the best things about Harrison Ford is that Indiana Jones was his facial expressions and he would always like to be a little sarcastic, he would be a little ironic, but he was always optimistic. He was sure he was having fun. This Indiana Jones doesn't seem to be having fun at all, although the younger person sequence is quite well done and I think he would have enjoyed it more if he hadn't seen the mission impossible train sequence. the night before, which, frankly, is even better.
I mean Mission: Impossible, it's good, but the Mission: Impossible train sequence is even better, it's amazing. Destiny's train sequence dial has charm, especially since you know it's like Harkens' return. to Classic Movies and it has some awesome moments, there's a moment with this giant like it's called a Gatling gun or something. I thought it's cool, uh and also a greater sense of general danger, not just for Our Heroes but also for World At Large because of course the train sequence takes place during World War II, uh, but the body count throughout the entire movie it is high.
I thought, wow, I don't think I've ever seen a higher body count in an Indiana Jones movie. It was like people were dropping like flies, man, it's nice to see Indiana Jones again and what, and I guess that added to the desolation. You're like shit, you know, this got real, it's nice to see like I said Indiana. Jones again and find out what happened to him, even if he sucks. As a huge Indiana Jones fan, I love the original trilogy. I'm glad I saw this movie and would recommend it to other Indiana Jones fans, potentially even big ones. screen uh, it was also cool to see Indiana Jones in the late 1960s.
I think they recreated it pretty well and I think it fit, you know, and other times you go ah. Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones is clearly a character from the '30s and '40s. How can you tell that in Crystal Skull he didn't seem to quite fit in the '50s, but here I think he was in the '60s, so it was pretty neat the ticker tape parade sequence, including the elaborate Subway Chase ending which is very well done and achieves something quite unique these days and that's unique for this film, it doesn't feel like it's borrowing much or a rehash of another film , you know, if Tom Cruise didn't go through a ticker tape parade, thank God and Mission Impossible, so I was. like it's a really cool one-off sequence that I've never seen before and can be something special for this franchise.
There are also a lot of fun references to the previous Indiana Jones movies that you'll get if you're familiar with them. The one franchise in particular is a very clever way to get back your fear of snakes. I was like Oh, that's great, but with the movie, like I said, Phoebe Waller Bridge was so good in Fleas. I was a big fan of hers. After that show, I mean, she deserved every award she got, but here she's just horrible and ruins the whole movie. To begin with, the role is unlikable and annoying on the page, but Waller Bridge just leans in and does much worse. and like I said, Haley Atwell basically plays the same character over and over again in Mission: Impossible and she shows you how to do it.
I mean, not only did Waller Bridge do a horrible job but she really hurts that you can see someone do something like that. much better work simultaneously on a film that is released at the same time. I will, it's strange how similar her characters are. I will say, however, that Waller Bridge has a monologue in the third act that she really does a good job with and somewhat redeems her performance. I think the reason she works is because for the first time in the movie her character Helena finally lets her guard down, too brash, too brash and just being mean.
I don't like. I'm not a fan of bad and her. Teddy, his teenage sidekick, well let's just say he's not a Short Round and it's as annoying as Waller Bridges to have Indiana Jones running around with two people who have no loyalty to him and don't even respect him again, it's just a shame, it's unnecessary. You're alive, leave these people, Indy, they stink. Mickelson plays yet another villain and you know he's always good, but can we get someone else right now? I mean, it's too much. Boyd Holbrook always stands out, but he once again is. He doesn't have much to do, but at least he has more to do than Antonio Banderas and John Rhys Davies.
It's great to have him back, but now they're both criminally underused. How's that ending again? No
spoilers, but when I was watching it, you know? it had been leaked, it had been leaked, so I knew it was happening, but when it happened it was so surreal that I really thought, however, I think it fits not only with the franchise and what this movie is trying to do. What to say, but with the fanbase, especially the guys, as I'm sure you'll have noticed that men in particular seem to really love the Story, including Indiana Jones himself, so in that sense the ending is a bit intelligent.
I thought, oh, I can see. What you're trying to do here and I think it's really interesting. I also felt, thanks to Mangold's style, that the ending, although fantastical, mythical and surreal, still feels real, which makes it very jarring, as if it were strange. This feels very real, very unnatural and strange, but it did, therefore, it became hypnotic. I didn't love Destiny's dial, but I have to admit that it stuck with me, or maybe an even better way to say it is that it haunts me. Do I want an Indiana Jones movie to haunt me? Not really, but here we are of what became of Indiana Jones.
It's like the future man of the Christmas Ghost and what he witnesses in the third act. He was shaking like Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford. He did a very good job with the acting again. I didn't want Indiana Jones to continuethis path. I didn't think I should have, but they did a good job with it, so I have to give the movie some credit for taking me away. In that same emotional journey and by making me have the same experience, in fact, they were able to put me in the shoes of Indiana Jones and I hated it as much as he did, but as a fan of the franchise, I have to say that is not the case.
This was a mistake and I really think it is very similar to light year people, even if you can appreciate it intellectually. I think emotionally you're going to say: What did you do to me? So that's my review of the Destiny dial and I. I mean, again, I guess it's subverting expectations. They never walk on a Destiny Indiana Jones fan dial, I think you should watch it. I think I would recommend it in theaters because you know you could see it if you're going to see it, but try not to watch it too close to Mission: Impossible because I think it might diminish both experiences and I really love you. to enjoy Mission Impossible because it's such a spectacular movie and also with Indiana Jones, be prepared for that somber tone, so maybe it won't hit you as much as it did me, but if you're not a fan of Indiana Jones, I mean.
Why would you watch this? Go see Mission Impossible. You know it's really just for Indiana Jones fans and then you have to ask yourself if you want to go on that journey. Well, that's my spoiler-free review of the Destiny dial. Share your own thoughts below, no spoilers, save them for the spoiler review, subscribe today and of course, as always, you can watch more videos right now.
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