Keeping your expectations in check, I think you’ll enjoy this one more than you think.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, I decided to watch this flick yesterday.
I had really wanted see this movie went it came out. Like everyone else, I had incredibly high expectations and was getting ready to be blown away. Too bad it flopped BIG TIME!
Honestly, I think this movie was as much a victim of the media machine as it was a mediocre film. The hype for it was insane and the bar was raised ridiculously high. Studio bigwigs need to pay more attention to content rather than their marketing tactics, or at the very least, stop killing their product before it has been released to the masses.
The Mummy (Release Date: June 9, 2017)
An ancient Egyptian princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Rating/ Runtime: PG-13/ 1hr 50
I decided to put my lofty, movie critic standards aside and give it a chance. I had wanted to see it but was put off by the reviews. And as I mentioned, I was really excited for it before it was released.
Let’s talk about the aesthetics first. I loved Boutella’s “Mummy”! She was equally beautiful and terrifying and I loved her look. She may not have been as awe-inspiring in terms of powers as Arnold Vosloo‘s Imhotep, but that’s because we had never seen anything like it before. At the time, the CGI was pretty impressive and was what made The Mummy franchise so successful. That said, I still enjoyed the cinematics and SFX in this one, even if they weren’t entirely original.
The plot wasn’t the most novel concept either, mind you it is a remake so there isn’t much room for originality, but I expected that. There were a few surprises and Russel Crowe’s intro as Hyde was pretty clever. I like the tie-in they’ve created for all of the unreleased movies. Similar to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in that it will be monsters fighting monsters.
In terms of the acting, I would say that the cast’s charisma carried this film. Particularly, Tom Cruise. I continue to be impressed by his willingness to perform a lot of his own stunt work and I really loved the dynamic between Cruise’s character “Nick” and his friend played by Jake Johnson. I only wish Johnson had more time on-screen as “Chris Vail”. You’ll see what I mean if you watch it.
Overall, it wasn’t the best effort but I enjoyed it. Popcorn fodder maybe, but it’s entertaining. At least I thought so.