Review by Paul Salfen
This is Paul Salfen with your KLAK Movie Minute. In theaters this weekend is Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the big goodbye to Harrison Ford as our beloved Indy – and it’s a fitting farewell. Ford, now 80, has become more gruff and grumpy, which serves as some fun comic relief but of course, the real draw here is the action – and there’s plenty of it right from the start. Director James Mangold fills in the massive shoes of Steven Spielberg and he does a fine job steering the ship. But just as our star slows down, so does the movie. It does drag in places and at 2 and a half hours, it could have been a tight 2, which is strange to say less Indiana Jones might be needed but may be an issue for some. Otherwise you get Indy in the usual situations: going on a quest for something, losing the prized possession, fighting Nazis, going through terrible time doing it, and ultimately getting the girl. So does it sound like it checks the boxes? It sure does. Does it break new ground? No, but it’s a better close to the series than the last film and just a fun time at the movies. This is a good reminder of why we love going to see big popcorn movies, even when they’re not perfect. That’s it for this week. Join me next week and every week for another Movie Minute right here on 97.5 KLAK, AMFM Magazine, and RECRD.