Disney and Lucasfilm threw us the whip as they finally released a trailer for Indiana Jones 5, which now has a title: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. The first in the series not to be directed by Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is helmed by James Mangold and finds Indy on a new adventure involving Nazis, the space race, Operation Paperclip, and his goddaughter. Harrison Ford once again plays his most iconic role, Indiana Jones, with Mads Mikkelsen, Antonio Banderas, Thomas Kretschmann, Toby Jones, Boyd Holbrook, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge joining the cast, while John Rhys-Davies returns as Sallah. John Williams is also back to score the film, as he did the previous four. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will hit theaters on June 30, 2023, and you can see the long-awaited trailer below, along with the new poster:
I’ve been pretty down on this movie, and I still don’t have a whole lot of hope for it (if only because of Phoebe Waller-Bridge), but taken on its own, this is a great trailer. I love the way Indy is treated like a legend, with his adventures living in the memories of his friends in the same way they live in ours, despite Indy having accepted that he’s past his prime. Then… he grabs the hat and the whip, and we’re off! Let’s be real: they needed to get people excited about this film. In times past, just saying a new Indiana Jones movie was on the way would be enough, but we’ve been burned too many times for that to work anymore. This trailer is exactly what it needed to be in that respect; it’s fast and fun, nostalgic while emphasizing the next adventure, and the focus is squarely on Indy. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is here, but she’s barely in it; Sallah has more of a presence than she does. Speaking of which, I’m glad Sallah is back because, like everyone else on Earth, I love that character. I’m not crazy about the way the theme is played a little slowly; it’s fine, and probably just for the trailer, but I’d have preferred to have heard it in all its glory. However, I love the way the younger Indy looks; it’s just a quick shot, but it’s maybe the best of these digital de-aging instances I’ve ever seen. The final shot of Indy cracking his whip at that room full of bad guys, only for them to pull a whole mess of guns on him, is a funny inversion of the famous Raiders of the Lost Ark scene with the sword, but what really sells it is Harrison Ford’s perfect reaction. When he plays this character, no matter how bad the movie is, it’s magic, and he still loves Indiana Jones at least as much as we all do. This could still go horribly wrong – the trailer for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was great too – but this trailer is fantastic.
The title is kind of mediocre, though. It’s not terrible, but “dial” isn’t exactly an exciting noun.
What did you think of the Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny trailer? Has it changed your feelings for the movie? Is a “don’t touch that dial” joke inevitable? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Geeks + Gamers for more on legends proving their immortality!