Harrison Ford, the Hollywood legend, demonstrated that even the most intrepid adventurers have a soft side. Ford was deeply moved and repeatedly fought back tears as “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney, and Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, were flown to France’s glamorous Riviera for the film’s world premiere. Although the James Mangold-directed summer blockbuster, which stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge, received a standing ovation, Cannes’ high standards made the applause seem forced rather than enthusiastic.
Unquestionably, the night belonged to Harrison Ford, who arrived with his wife Calista Flockhart to a hero’s welcome. The audience’s enthusiasm for the movie’s star was audible and obvious. The atmosphere was set for the evening by Ford’s arrival, and the tangible excitement permeated the audience.
Cannes Highlight of the Night
The surprise Palme d’Or award Ford received from Cannes festival director Thierry Frémaux was the night’s high point. Ford gave a poignant acceptance speech in which he thanked his wife for her continuous support throughout his career. Despite the movie’s lackluster reviews, Ford was clearly loved and admired since the acclaim for him overpowered all other clapping.
Ford announced before the film’s premiere that this will be the final time he wears the recognizable fedora. The movie is notable for being the first in the series to not be directed by Steven Spielberg; Mangold took over.
While the audience’s reaction to the movie’s high-octane action scenes and Waller-witty Bridge’s asides was less than thrilled, Spielberg had nothing but praise for Mangold’s efforts on the movie.
The build-up to Disney’s June 30 worldwide release of “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” is intriguing, what with Ford’s goodbye, Spielberg’s gushing praise, and the film’s divided reception.