The new Indiana Jones film is defended after criticism at its end.
The fifth film in the series entitled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destinywas released last week, a month after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Harrison Ford returns as an archaeologist, whom he first played in the 1981 film Hunter of the lost treasurefor a new adventure alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Mads Mikkelsen.
*Spoilers to follow – you have been warned*
The film sees Indiana Jones square off against Mikkelsen’s villain Jürgen Voller, a Nazi trying to rewrite history so that Hitler wins World War II.
To achieve this, Indy wants his team to track down a device that will allow him to do this. This is how time travel is introduced to the franchise.
The introduction of this concept has been criticized by some viewers, who consider time travel an “unrealistic” step too far for the film series. However, many others point out that the Indiana Jones franchise hasn’t always been afraid to make bold twists and that the twist is consistent with the spirit of the previous films.
Happy, sad, confused Podcast Jost Josh Horowitz wrote on Twitter: “Has anyone talking about this DIAL OF DESTINYHave you actually seen the “Big Swing” ending in an Indiana Jones movie before? The ones where the Ark melted people’s faces, a man pulled out the hearts of living people, and an ancient warrior guarded the Holy Grail for thousands of years? Aliens too.”
Horowitz’s “Aliens” comment referred to the fact that aliens were controversially introduced in the 2008 film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Giancarlo Sopo added: “It was funny to see people saying the end of DoD is too fantastic in a franchise where the Ark of the Covenant melts Nazi faces (but you survive if you close your eyes), a man has his heart ripped out of his chest, and gunshot wounds are healed with water from a fictional mug. “
Twitter user @Tidmore added, “There have always been movies based on reality with a HUGE dose of supernatural/sci-fi.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Brizuela argued, “These movies are meant to be silly. Did anyone pay attention to who made the last four?”
This is the first Indiana Jones film not directed by Steven Spielberg. The filmmaker retired from the project in 2020. However, he stayed on board as a producer and months before the film premiered shared his post-screening verdict with him.
Meanwhile, some viewers of the film were stumped by a major “plot hole.”
Find The Independent‘s review of Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny Here.