Our favorite adventuring archeologist will be writing his final chapter in the fifth installment of the “Indiana Jones” franchise. Director James Mangold looks to be trying to return to Indy’s roots, adding practical effects and sets where applicable.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” puts Indy in the path of his god-daughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), as she searches for a legendary artifact that can supposedly change the course of history. One that apparently drove her own father to distraction and death. Naturally, every good “Indiana Jones” movie involves Nazis. So Mads Mikkelson‘s Voller will undoubtedly be as nasty as they come. It’s a race against time — possibly literally — if this Dial of Destiny is capable of changing the past.
Green-Screening Looks Obvious Next to Practical Effects
The clip sees Helena and Indy rushing through the streets of India in tuk-tuks. Happily, it’s evident that several external shots draw from the practical. Real tuk-tuks are peeling around corners and bashing into one another. Bringing back the feel of the original films in terms of action intensity. Unfortunately, the green-screening isn’t at all seamless. Shots of Ford and Waller-Bridge are very obviously composited. A bit depressing, really.
Understandably, safety of actors is a much bigger deal these days. And with Ford being 80, physical limitations are huge. But there has to be a way to make green-screening less obvious. The movie seems to be trying harder to remain true to the action-packed pulp of the original films. Regardless of the fakeness showing through. In that, we can at least appreciate the effort.
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” hits theaters June 30th, 2023.