Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

[4.5 stars] [IMDB Link]

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People are disrespecting this movie. It seems to be pretty far off from blockbuster status. But Pun Son and I went down to the Regal Cinema on a humid Saturday night, reclined the comfy seats, and had a great time.

My only gripe: it's a little long. Not that I have any ideas about how it could have been made shorter, but IMDB says: two hours and 34 minutes. And (not a gripe) it faithfully follows the Indy formula: an opening thrill ride flashback contending with Nazis in the closing days of WW2, followed by the main plot, set in 1969. Again, with the Nazis. And you're never more than a few minutes away from chases, fights, discoveries, and peril.

Harrison Ford is miraculously de-aged in the WW2 sequence. Worked for me.

People seem to be especially irritated by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays Helena, Indy's goddaughter. Ignore them, she's fine.

And Karen Allen is in it. And there's a very lovely homage to the first movie.

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