Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was presented at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2008 .
Exactly fifteen years later, on May 18, 2023, the fifth installment of the saga, Indiana Jones and the Quadrant of Destiny , was presented in Cannes as a world premiere , arriving in our cinemas on June 28. For the occasion, the protagonist Harrison Ford received a surprise Palme d’Or:
Surprise ahead of the premiere as Thierry presents Harrison Ford a golden Palm of honor. Ford says he’s “deeply moved” and humbled as he’s visibly emotional (and nearly in tears.) #Cannes2023 pic.twitter.com/qdAHSSouYT
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) May 18, 2023
With the premiere also came the first reviews, which highlighted a clear split in the critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film currently has a percentage of 50%, there are those who were particularly satisfied with this latest Indiana Jones adventure and those who, on the other hand, did not find the conclusion of this saga satisfactory.
Here are some excerpts:
“Indiana Jones still has some old school class.”
– Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
“James Mangold brings the character’s adventures to a satisfying conclusion.”
– James Mottram, South China Morning Post
“In the end it looks like a counterfeit of a priceless treasure: the shape and the glitter might be superficially convincing for a while, but the poor craftsmanship becomes more and more evident as you look at it.”
– Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK)
“It is funny; it’s extravagant; works.”
– Stephanie Bunbury, Deadline Hollywood Daily
“No one with a brain could ever compare Dial of Destiny favorably to the first three films.”
–Donald Clarke, Irish Times
“A film that exists only to settle fan grievances, ‘The Dial of Destiny’ is a globe-trotting adventure film that plays so safe that even its 80-year-old hero never seems to be in significant danger.
– David Ehrlich, IndieWire
“If you join him on the journey, it makes for a fitting farewell to cinema’s favorite archaeologist-adventurer.”
— John Nugent, Empire Magazine
“Harrison Ford is the hero of the moment. He plays even the weakest scenes with conviction and humor. His performance holds up throughout the film.
Starring Harrison Ford as the legendary archaeologist hero and directed by James Mangold ( Le Mans ’66 – The big challenge, Logan – The Wolverine ), the film also stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge ( Fleabag ), Antonio Banderas ( Dolor y glory ), John Rhys-Davies ( Raiders of the Lost Ark ), Toby Jones ( Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom ), Boyd Holbrook ( Logan – The Wolverine ), Ethann Isidore ( Mortal ) and Mads Mikkelsen( Fantastic Beasts – Dumbledore’s Secrets) .
The film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Simon Emanuel , with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas serving as executive producers. The soundtrack is once again composed by John Williams , who has scored every Indiana Jones adventure since the original Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981.