“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (Disney)
By OSV News
Fifth and presumably final outing for the adventurous archeologist of the title (Harrison Ford). Mostly set in 1969, a dozen years after the events of its 2008 predecessor, the plot finds the digger-turned-professor drawn out of recent retirement by the resurfacing of a magical gadget with which he had been mixed up during his World War II heyday. Possession of the device soon becomes the goal in a three-way scramble pitting him against his Nazi adversary (Mads Mikkelsen) from the earlier period, now a NASA scientist, and the daughter (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) of one of his best friends (Toby Jones), a colleague who had become obsessed with the gizmo.
Breezy and at times rich in creative spectacle, director and co-writer James Mangold’s actioner may lack the staying power of some of the earlier chapters in the franchise (all helmed by Steven Spielberg) which succeeded in making the protagonist an iconic figure in contemporary culture. But this drop of the curtain is an amiable diversion whose mayhem is bloodless and whose vocabulary rarely goes astray.
Stylized gunplay and physical violence, at least one profanity, about a half-dozen milder oaths, a few crass terms. The OSV News classification is A-II – adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.