Stereoactive Presents: ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ // a movie discussion

The latest, likely final, installment of the Indiana Jones series, starring Harrison Ford.

Stereoactive Presents: ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ // a movie discussion
Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge in 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'
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Back in 2005, J. McVay went to a midnight screening of ‘Raider of the Lost Ark’ at the Paris Theater in New York City. Karen Allen was there and talked about how a fourth Indiana Jones movie was finally about to happen and she'd heard that Natalie Portman was in talks to play the daughter of Indy and Marion. 

A few years later, the movie she seemed to describe was out, but with Shia as their son, instead of anyone as their daughter. And now we have a fifth movie in which Indy has a daughter figure. Perhaps this was a course correction to whatever developments Karen Allen spoke of… or perhaps not. Who knows?

‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ is more than capably directed by James Mangold. That said, Spielberg’s absence is somehow felt throughout. After all, it seems a bit odd that a film that almost certainly will be the last in the series due to its star’s age doesn’t doesn’t just…  have the same director as the four that came before it.

Harrison Ford is reasonably believable as an octogenarian action star, and the film does embrace his aging, but it’s all an odd choice for a character that, River Phoenix and Young Indy aside, seemed in some ways ageless. In the end, it’s hard to see this as a necessary installment in the franchise. 

J. McVay and Charles Hinshaw discuss the latest – and, most likely, final – installment in the Indiana Jones series… 

Directed by James Mangold, ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ stars Harrison Ford, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Antonio Banderas, John Rhys-Davies, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, Ethann Isidore, and Mads Mikkelsen. It’s now available to watch on Disney+.

Episode Credits:

  • Producer/Host: J. McVay
  • Guests: Charles Hinshaw
  • Music: Hansdale Hsu
  • Produced by Stereoactive Media

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