It was a huge reception for Harrison Ford at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as he walked the red carpet for the world premiere of Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Destiny. Not only did the countless fans enter a constant state of jubilation, but the 80-year-old actor also received an honorary Palme d’Or and standing ovations inside the Palais du Festival. “It’s an incredible reception that makes me feel good,” Ford said.
The “good feeling” serves as the fifth and presumably final part of the “Indiana Jones” series with the subtitle “The Wheel of Fate”. The film will be released in cinemas around the world next Friday and should become the big blockbuster of the summer for the Disney studio. Ford once again reprises his signature role as Dr. Henry Jones Jr. – this time the archaeologist and adventurer, who is actually long retired, discovers a round sculpture that can change the weather – this wheel fate in the wrong hands could lead to disaster. So the villain, played by Mads Mikkelsen, is about to turn the world into a single Nazi state.
The fifth part of the series is the first film not directed by Steven Spielberg, but by veteran director James Mangold (“Walk the Line”, “Wolverine”). However, it stays true to the adventure genre and pushes all the buttons to deliver the visuals fans have been waiting for on John Williams’ famous score, complete with a grand, almost magical, time-traveling finale.
Technically, the film is state-of-the-art. Harrison Ford was digitally rejuvenated to age 40 for a flashback, a technique Martin Scorsese had recently used for “The Irishman.” This time, the technology is even more sophisticated: it really does feel like 40-year-old Ford is playing here. “This is what I once looked like,” Ford says. “It’s not magic or CGI, Lucasfilm has hundreds of photos of me filmed over the years, and it was the result of library science review. But I don’t look back and wish I was that guy again. I’m very happy with my age. I could be dead, after all, and I’m still working.”
Of course, these new technologies must be used with care, Ford is convinced. “You won’t use this trick if it doesn’t serve the story. It would hurt if you didn’t use it proportionately and honestly.” In “Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Destiny”, he was finally convinced by the scenario: “At the beginning, I had not even thought of replaying Indiana Jones, says Ford. But then, I discovered things in the Storylines that were new to the character Awarded Aspects: You can see how Indy struggles with age, how he struggles, and that’s what ultimately made me want to do it.
With emphasis on adventure
It was important for Ford to say goodbye to the screen as Indiana Jones with great pomp: “Under Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, I was able to deliver great films over a period of more than 40 years, and now it’s not going to end with a moan, but with a big bang – that was my number one goal for this adventure.” That can be revealed: it’s actually a worthy ending to the franchise.
The question remains, which of his two iconographic figures would Ford prefer if he had to choose: Han Solo from “Star Wars” or Indiana Jones? “Han Solo has a good heart, but I think he’s a much less interesting character than Indiana Jones,” Ford says. “The usefulness of his story was never very great. He was the counterpart to the others in ‘Star Wars’, he stood between the wise old warrior and the young hero. Indiana Jones, on the other hand, is a uncompromising adventurer. That was always an aspect of him that I admired.
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