INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY was like sharing an adventure with an old friend. It was warm, inviting, comfortable, a little snarky, and did I mention, there is an old brown fedora, a leather bomber jacket, and a whip involved. Priceless moments to be sure. And if that wasn’t enough, seeing an octogenarian without his shirt got my heart pumping. Who would dare to do this? The one and only Harrison Ford who said in a recent interview, “How can I deny the public this body?”
I can’t say I grew up with all of Indy’s previous movies. I was already an adult with two small children. But I can say watching Indy do his “schtick” on screen gave me so much food for thought. My imagination ran wild with dreams of finding such a man who was funny, flawed, frightened at times, and highly intelligent. Indy represents the best of humanity. He is so not a perfect character, yet he perseveres, recognizes when he is wrong, learns, grows, and loves deeply. He is a good friend and cares about the order and history of the world. It is important to his soul that the world stays intact and thrives to new heights. All of this was present in his final film of this spectacular series. Some were saved, and some were not. A new flashy character was introduced. It’s like the writers allowed for that final piece of punctuation at the last moment. A period. The end. What a perfect way to let the curtain fall. Thank you. Bravo.
When audiences sit in the movie theater watching Indy travel from country to country across his infamous map, there is one more amazing treat….the brilliantly famous musical score. Listening to John William’s masterpiece is always a gift. When the opening notes are played (dum de dum dum dum de dum), I am already jumping and tapping in my seat. This music will live on for all eternity. I like to think that people will still recognize that tune even a hundred years from now.
INDIANA JONES THE DIAL OF DESTINY was not perfect. For some, perhaps it was a tad long. I wish a few of the scenes were lighter for me and my terrible eyesight. I wanted to see every bit of the screen, but that did not bother my husband or others watching. So, I am letting that go. I want always to remember the incomparable Indy as he was. Larger than life…yet a man we can all strive to be. We will miss you. We will always adore what Harrison Ford created.
INDIANA JONES AND THE DIAL OF DESTINY is playing in theaters everywhere.