The end of the classic action icon after 42 years

Avatar of Martin By Martin Dec24,2023 #action #classic
The end of the classic action icon after 42 years 5
The end of the classic action icon after 42 years 5

First appearing in 1981, Indiana Jones quickly became a favorite pop culture icon in America, serving as inspiration for a series of entertainment products that followed.

This year, the franchise returned to the silver screen after 15 years of absence with part 5 titled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

The film’s story is set in 1969, exactly 12 years after the events of part 4 Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Before the great advancement of technology, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) wants to retire but unexpectedly meets his goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

However, their journey faces many challenges when they are constantly blocked by their old enemy: J├╝rgen Voller (Mads Mikkelsen), a former Nazi soldier who is plotting to change the outcome of World War II.

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) unexpectedly reunites with his daughter (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) in the movie.

The film’s script is simple, following the familiar motifs of the brand.

In the movie, the main character has turned 70 years old and is no longer an ambitious young man with many ambitions.

Since the late 1970s, before the first part Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was released, producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg had been planning to make a long-term series.

However, it will not be until 2016 that Indiana Jones 5 is scheduled for production.

One of the factors that helped the Indiana Jones brand succeed is the talent of director Steven Spielberg – who helmed all four previous installments.

Replacing Spielberg is James Mangold – famous for many action movies such as 3:10 to Yuma (2007), Knight and Day (2010), Logan (2017)… With many years of experience, the director handles action scenes well.

The crew focused on the effects and context, recreating many majestic ancient scenes, increasing the appeal of the chase and fight scenes.

The end of the classic action icon after 42 years
The end of the classic action icon after 42 years

Image from Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

To fill the time gap, James Mangold incorporated many details to create a brand impression, helping fans feel like they can relive their childhood memories.

The filmmaker favors yellow tones, covering the work with nostalgic colors.

In particular, the appearance of Harrison Ford is very important, the soul of the whole film.

He performed well in dramatic action scenes, while also bringing a lot of emotions in psychological scenes.

In some scenes, the crew used de-aging technology (rejuvenation using special effects) to help the actor look no different from 40 years ago.

Before its global release, Indiana Jones 5 debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May but did not create a good effect.

The work only received 66% positive comments from experts on Rotten Tomatoes, reaching 57/100 points on Metacritics.

The end of the classic action icon after 42 years

Actor Harrison Ford was `rejuvenated` using computer effects.

Many fans also think that the film loses its quality because of the lack of guidance from Steven Spielberg.

The script has not succeeded in building brain-balancing puzzles.

The duration of 154 minutes makes the film long, but the director does not handle the rhythm well.

Basically, Indiana Jones 5 has not yet escaped the familiar formula of action blockbusters.

However, the work still succeeds in evoking viewers’ emotions.

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