Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny – One Last Ride
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny is a wonderful and heartfelt sendoff to one of cinema's greatest heroes. It makes bold narrative decisions and gives us an Indy who's a man out of time. That may sound depressing—and there certainly are tough moments—but it's not.
The heaviness of Dial of Destiny's story is what makes it work. It can be extremely compelling to see our heroes vulnerable, watching them rise to the occasion and rediscovering themselves.
Throw in wonderful performances from Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Indy's goddaughter, Helena Shaw, and Ethann Isidore as Teddy, her loveable sidekick, and Dial of Destiny is a welcome return to form for the franchise. The hallmark magic of the series is alive and well. Despite Spielberg's absence, James Mangold skillfully handles the directing duties.
Sadly, Dial of Destiny has failed to hit it big at the box office, grossing just over $337 million thus far. On a budget estimated to be north of $290 million, that just doesn't cut it. That said, unlike Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—which divided series fans—audiences who have seen it seem to love it. So it's only logical to assume people will discover it when it lands on-demand.
Now, sit back, spice up your morning with a Mooby’s Chronic-Con “Superficially Mandated Beer” IPA by Societe Brewing, and feel free to punch some Nazis! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Chumpzilla, Capt. Cash, and Bling Blake are breaking up illegal auctions with the crack of our whips!
This Week’s Segments:
Introduction/Plot Breakdown – A legend will face his destiny! (00:00)
Lingering Questions – The Double Turn Podcast barters for a championship belt in Tangier, and then we discuss what we loved about Indy's final adventure. (43:10)
The "Give 'em Hell, Indiana Jones" Trivia Challenge – Chumpzilla challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (1:01:41)
Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We kick off Hops and Summer Camp Flops with Sleepaway Camp! (1:15:13)