It’s official. It’s a “flopbuster.”
The new “Indiana Jones” film has been panned by critics and reviewers and is expected to tank at the box office.
At 80, Harrison Ford played a more seasoned version of the daring archeologist Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr., in the sequel to 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
The final installment in the series debuted to a disappointing $60 million at the domestic box office. According to the publication, “Dial of Destiny” has a massive budget of $295 million plus millions in P&A. Thus, a cinematic miracle is required for ‘Dial of Destiny’ to profit.
The BBC also viewed the picture at the Cannes Film Festival in France, drawing parallels between it and other recent box office bombs that disregard the franchise’s history and fail to connect with viewers.
Like another “legacy sequel” in which Ford featured, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” this one brings back old characters and includes handing the mantle to new performers, as pointed out by BBC writer Nicholas Barber.
Seeing Indiana Jones as a broken, weak old guy who retreats to a corner while his annoying goddaughter is front and center is as depressing as it sounds, but that’s what we’re given, noted Barber.
A review published on the popular culture website AV Club called the film’s conclusion “more of a whimper than a bang.”
It was pointed out that the actress playing Jones’ goddaughter “consistently undermines any likability” she has with the audience by making “unfunny quips,” and she often steals the spotlight in a movie that should belong to Indiana Jones,” making him feel “oddly secondary” in a story that is supposed to be his swan song.
The real news website Not The Bee, the antithesis of The Babylon Bee’s satire news site, called it another beloved series that Disney ruined to push a woke girl-boss agenda.
They said they trash and debase legacy characters “we all love.”
One can only imagine their regret at having tried to reverse events when they see the nine-figure loss coming their way.