Indiana Jones has been a staple hero in many a Maltese kid’s childhood. The movies were ones we watched with the family, and they took us on a roller-coaster of thrills, suspense, good laughs, and plenty of fist-pumping moments. I mean, who can forget the epic finale in Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Ark of the Covenant kills the Nazi soldiers, or the excitement of the mine cart scene in Temple of Doom, or how our skin crawled when Indiana went down those rat-infested catacombs in The Last Crusade, or that scene in The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when the archaeologist survived a nuclear blast by hiding inside a fridge? Ah, good old Hollywoodian times!
Well, Harrison Ford is set to reprise his role as the legendary archaeologist one last time for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. In pre-production since 2016, this will be the first instalment in the series not to have Spielberg at the helm. In fact, it’s been directed by James Mangold, who is known for films like Logan and Ford vs. Ferrari.
This sequel is mostly set in 1969 – 12 years after the event in Crystal Skull – and sees Indiana Jones searching for Archimedes’ dial together with his goddaughter, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Of course, with the year being 1969, you can also expect plenty of references about the Space Race played out between the USA and the USSR, as well as an ex-Nazi who somehow finds himself working for NASA.
So far, the reception of the film, which premiered at Cannes, has been mixed but the $300 million budget does promise a feast for the eyes, at least. In fact, one thing to look out for is the opening scene, for which software was used to make Harrison Ford, now 80 years old, look young again…
As you can tell, we’re pretty excited to head to the cinema to see this one. If you are too, then we’d recommend setting a reminder for June 30!