“Indiana Jones and the Gun of Destiny: Harrison Ford’s Highly Anticipated Premiere in Cannes and Mixed Reviews”

One of the most anticipated premieres of the year was scheduled for the festival in Cannes, France, on Thursday evening. The 80-year-old American actor Harrison Ford inaugurated the Hollywood film Indiana Jones and the Gun of Destiny here. In the fifth part of the adventure saga, which will be shown in Czech cinemas on June 29, after a fifteen-year hiatus, he once again portrayed a brave archaeologist with a hat and a whip.

Everyone interprets the audience’s reaction differently. Variety.com magazine writes, that the new Indiana Jones, which lasts 142 minutes, received a five-minute but lukewarm applause. The audience showed no enthusiasm for either the action scenes or the quick verbal exchanges, and at times the audience could be heard whispering to each other in boredom, the magazine claimed. On the contrary, magazines Hollywood Reporter or Deadline.com they report that the novelty was an unequivocal success and the crew was thrilled with the reception in Cannes.

In any case, the arrival of the stars on the red carpet caused a definite interest. Hundreds of spectators came out to greet the American guest Ford. A few even had hats and leather jackets like Indiana Jones wears in the movies. His representative, Harrison Ford, walked with his wife, actress Calista Flockhart, in front of the cameras, reports the AP agency.

Already inside the hall, he received the honorary Palme d’Or for lifelong contribution to cinematography from the festival organizers, who excluded the new Indiana Jones from the competition. On this occasion, the organizers screened a montage of Ford’s most famous roles, from Star Wars over Blade Runnera after Air Force One.

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“They say that before you die, your whole life will flash before your eyes. So I just caught a glimpse of it,” Harrison Ford joked, then turned serious. “I am touched. You really made me happy. This life was made possible for me by my beloved wife, who supported me every step of the way. But I love you all. It is because of you that my life had meaning and meaning,” added Ford to the audience and received applause.

The new film takes place in 1969. Indiana Jones, a retired university professor, is unexpectedly visited by his goddaughter Helena Shaw, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge. He is looking for an object strikingly reminiscent mechanism from Antikythera, half of which was once entrusted to the archaeologist by her father. According to legend, the item enables time travel.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Helena Shaw and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. | Photo: Lucasfilm Ltd

The girl steals it with the goal of selling it on the black market to the highest bidder. But Jones can’t allow that, so he goes on one last big adventure after his goddaughter. Hot on his heels is a former Nazi and current employee of the US space agency, portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen.

According to AFP, the story will take the heroes to Tangier, Morocco or Sicily. The music was again composed by John Williams.

The film includes a flashback scene that takes place during the Second World War, in which the creators had the eighty-year-old Ford digitally rejuvenated to look a quarter of a century younger. The film had a budget of 294 million dollars, which in conversion is almost 6.5 billion crowns.

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Britain’s Guardian film newspaper granted three out of five stars. According to him, Ford has not lost his sense of humor or his characteristic smile. Likewise, Phoebe Waller-Bridge gives a great performance as Jones’ unruly goddaughter, despite being the type of character the protagonist would have messed with in earlier films. The fifth episode is funny until the wild finale and will definitely entertain the audience, summarizes the Guardian.

Deadline.com magazine highlights action scenes featuring trains, cars, planes, horses and motorized tricycles called tuk-tuks. There are just enough gimmicks, the rejuvenated Ford looks believable, and even when the viewer of a certain age hears the easy-to-remember music of John Williams again, he feels that everything is as it should be in the world, summarizes the magazine.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny will be released in Czech cinemas on June 29. | Video: Falcon

On the contrary, the Telegraph newspaper is more critical. According to him, the film, which he gave two stars out of five, lacks spark. It just repeats what the audience is used to from before, without a single shot or idea really exciting, summed up the critic of the Telegraph.

Indiana Jones and the Gun of Destiny is the first installment in the saga not directed by Steven Spielberg. He was replaced by 59-year-old James Mangold, known as the director of the racing film Le Mans ’66 or the musical Walk The Line. “It’s a really good part of Indiana Jones. I’m proud of the work James has done,” praised his successor this week Spielberg.

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The intrepid archaeologist, whose hallmarks include a hat, a whip and a panicked fear of snakes, was portrayed by Harrison Ford for the first time in 1981 in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark. Two more parts followed in the same decade. In 2008, the series was revived by Steven Spielberg with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which, while receiving mixed reviews, was a commercial success worldwide, grossing $790 million. This fourth part already premiered at the Cannes festival.

The saga, which George Lucas invented with Spielberg, has so far earned around two billion dollars worldwide. The current fifth part was announced by the creators in 2016, the last time it was postponed several times due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana Jones and the Tool of Fate is also the first title created under the banner of the Walt Disney Company studio. It bought the rights to it and the Star Wars brand in 2012 from Lucasfilm. In recent months, Variety.com speculated that the future of the saga in the hands of Disney could be a new TV series about Indiana Jones. Harrison Ford already though ruled outthat he would act in it.

2023-05-19 04:33:25
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