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1. It's the last time Ford will reprise his signature role
At least, we're imagining it is. Given Ford has now entered his 80s, it's unlikely he'll be cracking the whip on the big screen again. That makes this a significant moment in pop culture history, closing the book on one of the greatest screen legacies in the history of cinema.
Forget Han Solo – the wry and rogueish Indiana Jones has always been closest to Ford's heart as an actor, channelling his laconic big-screen charisma and ability to land some of the best movie punches we've ever seen. The opening sequence of The Dial of Destiny de-ages Ford and promises to transport us back to the main character's youthful heyday.
In 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy bemoaned the weight of the mileage, as opposed to the years. In the intervening 42 years, Indy has racked up significantly more mileage and it's all laid out on the big screen in his latest adventure, which sees our title character washed up and becalmed during the 1960s space race.
However, the re-emergence of old Nazi enemy Kurt Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), now going incognito as a NASA scientist, forces Indy's hand and propels him into a world-trotting quest to hunt down the Dial of Destiny, which Voller is also seeking for his own diabolical ends.
2. Phoebe Waller-Bridge plays Indy's granddaughter
Don't expect too many winking, Fleabag-style fourth well breaks in this one. Waller-Bridge is set to bring her sharp-witted screen presence to her role as Helena, Indy's reluctant companion and the daughter of his late friend Basil (played by Toby Jones during the aforementioned opening sequence).
Word has it that Helena's motives vacillate throughout the course of the movie, as she also seeks out the mysterious Dial of Destiny and plays Indy and Voller off against each other. We can see from the trailer that she's not averse to getting her hands dirty, as attested by the frenetic tuk-tuk chase sequence.
3. It's the first Indy movie that's not directed by Steven Spielberg
Indiana Jones was, of course, Spielberg's baby, devised with his friend George Lucas out of their love for 1930s matinee serials. In fact, Spielberg had long desired to make a James Bond film. But Lucas had already devised his own character: Indiana Smith, later to become Indiana Jones, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Spielberg's witty and pacy direction cemented the OG Indy trilogy, comprising Raiders, The Temple of Doom (1984) and The Last Crusade (1989), as one of the greatest ever made, although opinion varies as to the merits of the individual movies. The trilogy exerted a huge influence on pop culture and helped romanticise the alleged bravado and derring-do of archaeology.
Come 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Spielberg was accused of dropping the ball somewhat, losing his focus in a blur of cheesy CGI set-pieces that betrayed the tactile feel of the earlier films. Spielberg then gave way to helmer James Mangold, no stranger to helming action set-pieces as seen in the acclaimed likes of Logan (2017) and Le Mans '66 (2019).
"It was about finding a reason for this movie to be, and something for it to say," Mangold told IGN. "And I think we did. And it's been one of the most miraculous journeys of my life. Not only getting a chance to collaborate with all those you mentioned, but also these guys (Waller-Bridge and Mikkelsen) and Harrison and John Williams and the miraculous crew behind the scenes working on the picture."
4. Composer John Williams is also likely to bow out with his fifth Indy soundtrack
One cannot separate the Indiana Jones saga from its music. Composer John Williams gives soul and spirit to Indy's adventures and has done since the first appearance of the majestically brassy Raiders March in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The theme is the backbone of the entire series, judiciously spotted and timed for maximum heroic impact, and it has intersected with countless other character themes in Williams' ineffable style.
Like Harrison Ford, John Williams is seeing the weight of the years bearing down on him and, poignantly, this is likely the final Indiana Jones movie that the composer will tackle. (It was rumoured that Indy 5 would be Williams' final movie full stop, although he's since reneged on that.) Experiencing the movie is a chance to not only salute Ford and Spielberg's legacy but also Williams' astonishing contribution to the series.
Showing no signs of resting on his laurels, Williams has crafted a spirited new theme for Phoebe Waller-Bridge's character Helena, which he premiered last year. We anticipate as to how this will weave around the placements of the Raiders March. Listen to it below.
5. It rolls up all the facets we've come to know and love from the series
Diabolical Nazis, hair-raising (and often physics-defying) escapes from danger, the John Williams theme, the travelling map graphics, exotic locations, whip-smart jokes – the Indy series has become famous for all these elements. And The Dial of Destiny promises to roll up all of these elements in the equivalent of a cinematic comfort blanket.
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