First Glance: “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

Very little in the realm of movies could excite me more than this – “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”. 2023 was already stacking up to be a stellar year for movie lovers. One of the biggest treats was a new Indiana Jones movie. Most of us had written off any chance of a new installment, especially after the woefully bad “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”. Yet here we are with a fifth Indy film on the way. And it’s once again led by the wonderful 80-year-old Harrison Ford.

As a die-hard fan of the first three films, of course I had concerns. But then I saw the just-released first trailer. Now I’m as giddy as 10-year-old me was back in 1981 as we left the Flick Twin Cinema after seeing “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. Everything about this trailer excited me – fabulous familiar faces, some interesting new ones, glorious callbacks, plenty of Indy-styled swashbuckling. It hit every mark it needed to. I love the look of it. And with director James Mangold at the helm, I think the property is in very good hands!

“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” hits theaters June 30, 2023. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

16 thoughts on “First Glance: “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny”

  1. Wow! This was a pleasant surprise, and the trailer was a fun watch. But the scars of “Crystal Skull” run deep, so I’ll keep my enthusiasm in check. But I’m glad they brought in James Mangold, a solid and underrated director, to helm this, as the franchise needs new blood. I”m of the unpopular opinion that they should’ve just gone full James Bond and recast the role. I”m hoping this will be an exciting swan song of Ford playing one of his signature roles. And yes, I’m definitely in the theatre on opening night!

    • I don’t know if I could have handled a recasting. Not of this particular role. For me personally it truly is too iconic. But I trust Mangold, and I don’t think Ford would come back if there wasn’t something he really liked about it.

  2. THAT FILM WITH SHIA LABEOUF AND THE ALIENS NEVER FUCKING HAPPENED! IT NEVER HAPPENED!!!!!

    Seriously, this looks good and I like where they’re going with this as it feels like the sequel we should’ve gotten. Please, let this be good.

  3. Yes, I will see it, and like you, I’m happy to see so many of the old faces and a few new and familiar faces. That said, Karen Allen ISN’T in it and that’s a disappointment to me. The old geezer guys are there why not the old geezer woman? (Rhetorical question.) I also see some digital enhancements going on similar to what I saw in The Irishman. That’s OK with me.

  4. I have to believe Ford has enough trusted people around him to ensure he wouldn’t have dove back into this role unless it came off great. The trailer is perfect. Opening it for the 4th of July. Yeah, I think this is gonna turn out just fine for moviegoers of all ages.

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  6. I may be the only one who didn’t totally hate Crystal Skull, at least the first 2/3’s of it (and it was better than Temple of Doom, which I loathe), but this trailer already looks more in the class of Raiders and Last Crusade. I love Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and I guess this is technically now a reunion of Han Solo and the Millennium Falcon.

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