US critics much fonder of ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ than Cannes crowd


When it premiered at Cannes a few years back, the general overall consensus was that Lucasfilm had really bungled Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny. Most hoped that it was merely overreactions form a traditionally picky audience and that the general populace, even stateside critics once they got a chance to see the latest – reportedly final – film in the long-running franchise would be much more receptive to James Mangold’s film.

If the reactions from tonight’s premiere of the film in Hollywood is anything to go by, the Hollywood-based press – and others lucky enough to snag a ticket to the June 30 tent-pole – were definitely fonder of the highly anticipated fifthquel (?). While reviews still aren’t glowing as much as they likely were back in 1989 when Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade premiered, those that genuinely enjoyed the film were quick to point out that it’s a much better film than the critically-torpedoed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

On the other side of the whip though, quite a few hated the film with a passion – going so far as to call it dull.

The balance is there though, where it wasn’t at Cannes. For every negative review, there’s a positive one – not unlike the critical reception to The Flash, actually.

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