It may be called Star Wars Celebration, but Indiana Jones is a master of showing up where he doesn’t belong. Amid the movie announcements and TV show teases was a trailer for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the upcoming final adventure of one of cinema’s greatest heroes. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny finds Indy and his goddaughter racing with a new group of Nazis to find a mysterious dial that does… something supernatural, I guess. The legendary Harrison Ford plays Indiana Jones once again, and John Rhys-Davies returns as his friend Sallah, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge as his goddaughter Helena, Toby Jones as an old pal (and, seemingly, Helena’s father), plus Mads Mikkelson and Boyd Holbrook as the villains. Directed by James Mangold, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will hit theaters on June 30, 2023, and you can see the new trailer below:
Why did they go with “Sympathy for the Devil?” I love the song, but it’s completely out of place. Aside from it not fitting the tone of an Indiana Jones movie, Indy is the hero; he’s not the kind of character you introduce with a sinister song about the Devil. And that’s only the first weird musical choice this trailer makes; why are they so averse to playing the Indiana Jones theme music in all its glory? Why is it always a slow, choppy version? Are they trying to remind everyone that Harrison Ford is almost 80? It seems like it, with that opening shot of him asleep in a chair in his underwear. This is not how to sell the movie; they need action, adventure, wonder, excitement, and Indy being Indy. And, to be fair, the new trailer has some of that later, but set to the slowed-down theme song. It’s like they’re trying to tell people this is a movie for your grandpa.
It’s also got Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whom the first trailer hid as much as possible, and I can already tell she’s going to be insufferable. That crack about capitalism is obnoxious, and I hope it’s not a portent of this movie being a wokefest. Indy is a guy who fought the communists, according to the last film (and national socialists, according to the first, third, and this very one); having his goddaughter go red would be an interesting idea, but I’d bet money that isn’t where they’re going with that. She’ll be the noble activist who hates America and capitalism, even though she doesn’t seem to know what it is, and she’ll either receive no pushback from Indy or put him in his place for opposing communism. This, plus that Batman crack in the Blue Beetle trailer, plus the socialism nonsense from Hank Pym in Quantumania, feels like Hollywood is forming a united commie front right now. The best part is that they’re railing against capitalism while asking us to give them money in exchange for goods and/or services; do they wonder why more and more people are saying, “No”?
As with the first trailer, Sallah is the best part. “Give ‘em hell, Indiana Jones!” I hope so, old friend.