Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny – Movie Review

The Dial of Destiny is the final Indiana Jones story.

The Indiana Jones franchise features exciting adventure films that allure viewers with their action-packed plot and charming protagonist. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by George Lucas, these films follow the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones, portrayed masterfully by Harrison Ford. A fifth and final movie will be released on June 30th, 2023.


Daredevil archaeologist Indiana Jones races, against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Accompanied by his goddaughter, he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi who works for NASA.

Right from the start, Dial of Destiny dives into the story and excitement. The beginning scene, starring a youthful Harrison Ford, is one of the most thrilling moments I’ve ever seen. This movie successfully merges history, mythology, and action like the original trilogy. In this fifth installment, Indy sets off on another exciting quest to locate a remarkable artifact that is superior to the one found in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. However, Director James Mangold didn’t take enough risks, and the plot dragged on without enough exhilarating action scenes.

(L-R): Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Although the supporting cast is impressive, some of them seem to have only brief appearances. It appears that the filmmakers chose to focus mainly on Ford and Waller-Bridge, who both deliver excellent performances. Unfortunately, Mikkelsen’s portrayal of the Nazi villain is rather unremarkable, and even Jones and Banderas have limited screen time. Fans of the franchise may also be disappointed by the underuse of legacy characters like Sallah and Marion. An appearance at the end by Ke Huy Quan would have blown this movie out of the water.

Doctor Jürgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen) in Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Still, this movie brings back the old Indiana Jones vibes many people grew up with. The movie was mostly held together by the powerful score composed by the brilliant John Williams, who makes this his last. His music creates a strong feeling of nostalgia during Harrison’s final performance as Indy.


I give Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny 4 out of 5 stars. At almost 81, Ford remains an irreplaceable actor who still has what it takes to captivate audiences. It’s exciting to hear he’ll join the Marvel universe soon, playing General Ross in the upcoming fourth Captain America movie. Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Sean Tajipour is the Founder and Editor of Nerdtropolis and the host of the Moviegoers Society Podcast. He is also a member of the Critics Choice Association. You can follow on Twitter and Instagram @Seantaj.

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