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'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny' (2023) Review

This 2023 film serves as the final chapter of the Indiana Jones franchise.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)

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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is the 2023 film in the series that serves as the fifth and final film completing the legendary series. Fans of the legendary explorer are excited for the smashing conclusion since the last film in the series was released in 2008.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Ethann Isidore as Teddy

Harrison Ford reprises his role as the famous explorer Indiana Jones in the final chapter as Indiana Jones reaches the brink of retirement in this film. Fans who grew up with the media franchise of the same name recognize the theme song, his whip, and his signature hat in this movie. For viewers who are new to the media franchise, Indiana Jones is a legendary archaeologist who goes on daring quests and faces danger at every turn.

There are many film elements that make the final chapter unique and blend in with other films within the media franchise. One unique feature is the film’s beige coloring. Beige film coloring is a film colorization technique where there is some color in a live-action movie, but not all color. This technique indicates to viewers the time period when the final chapter takes place: the 1900s.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena and Ford

The golden artifact found within the walls of the temple serves as the catalyst driving the plot forward and is the symbol of power, legacy, and wealth. When an old rival plans to steal the artifact, Indiana Jones must make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Compared to other films in the media franchise, the final chapter takes place in a new era, which is known to viewers as the post-era of the Indiana Jones legacy. Indiana Jones feels out of place as he discovers the world seems to be outgrowing him until he hears about the golden artifact.

Old and new viewers of Indiana Jones are encouraged to see the final chapter, though it is recommended to watch the first four films in order.