Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny - the end of an era
The last chapter of the second most important saga envisioned by George Lucas is as divisive as the rest of the legacy sequels from recent years, but still makes for a very enjoyable ride.
There are two major flaws in Dial of Destiny. The first flaw, is that it is very clearly different from the Spielberg movies. James Mangold obviously could not refrain from making the film in his very own style rather than adhere to the style of the saga. It is not exactly a flaw as much as a lack of coherence for the film, that makes it very distinguished as a legacy sequel, a sort of epilogue rather than a more organic fifth Indiana Jones film. The second being that it focuses excessively on the dynamic action aspect of the saga, leaving around one third to the occult archaeological subtext: we barely see tombs, ruins and booby traps in the movie, sadly. This imbalance however is outweighed by the very subtle but interesting historical references: if the Spielberg movies invented practically the entire backstory for the artifacts and there really was no adherence to history, Dial of Destiny references extensively a real historical event, providing even a very imaginative (and obviously by no mean realistic) explanation for an actual metaphor used in the textual accounts we received about it, which is something no other film in the series really achieved.
On Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny weighs the uneasy responsibility of being a film that really concludes a whole era of filmmaking: not only it is the last Harrison Ford appearance as Indiana Jones, John Williams' final film score, the last of the direct sequels produced by Lucasfilm following the Disney acquisition. In that sense it is a film that, much like its direct predecessdors cooked up by Lucasfilm in the last eight years, will never manage to entirely satisfy everyone and have universal acclaim, even if accomplishes its goal of bidding farewell to one of the most beloved film characters of western cinema.