Published on November 6th, 2017 | by Richard Boom0
Review: The Mummy (2017)
Entertaining, action-filled, flawed yet exciting and filled with easter-eggs!
So Universal Pictures wanted to kick off it’s Dark Universe with this Tom Cruise vehicle. Originally it wanted to do this that Dracula Untold-movie, which was not a success enough I gather. Perhaps I am not the right person to do reviews indepth on these movies cause I really liked them all. It is action-packed, deals with the supernatural, has a well enough story and has amazing SFX to make me happy. Honesty dictates stating this is enough for me!
Sure I notice the fact that some demographics to not jive as much to this as I think it deserves and especially with the MUMMY it becomes apparent that a USA-underperformance in the box office, feels odd when looking at the global success of the movie. Apparently the audience in non-USA countries might just be the save for the Dark Universe coming to be eventually. It’s made over $329 Million total worldwide so far, compared to $80 Million in the US (making it rather successful, I would say!). This really speaks volumes to the appeal of the movie to different geographic demographics! At the end of the day it is like placing a bet and waiting for the results to come in, cause who will say what the big honcho’s at the helm of the movie studios will decide!
The question is really IF this movie is a BAD movie in itself.
If you compare it to the Brendan Fraser trilogy, some might think just that. Somehow those Fraser-movies have garnered a cult-status just like the Fox-movies “Back To the Future” but when you look at both trilogies now, they really are not thát good, really. It was the right amount of humor, action and ‘Zeitgeist’ which made up for over-acting or the odd situation.
Personally I just want to go to the movies to escape reality and the MUMMY makes sure of that in a big way! That is enough for me. From literally ALL the scenes with the Mummy to the flight-crash-disaster to the street-scenes with all them rats!! I loved it all!
One of the best parts of the movie is Sofia Boutella who really owns the character of Princess Ahmane. This was truly a role with the most conflictions, internal turmoil as well as devious “look at me” moments and Boutella máde this movie!
Sure it has flaws, like why is Dr. Henry Jekyll self-injecting on the very last second of his sane manifestation? And why is 54-year-old Tom Cruise the go-to actor for a movie this size? He manages to make it really worth the while but still, why not choose a younger lad, like Channing Tatum for instance. And it might have been better if visitors of the cinema had some more characterization to witness, to really hook them on the many characters, and all the absurd situations they find themselves in.
I loved the easter eggs! From those bottles (yeah I noticed that hand of the Creature immediately!) in the Jekyll stronghold to that book from the Brendan Fraser films to the way a dead friend returns to his cursed friend just like in An American Werewolf in London. There are articles abound on the internet on even more easter eggs, so venture out and google them, rewatch and relive this movie for another time (I sure did when I got a screener handed to me!) cause this is FUN FUN FUN all the way through.
I personally am eager to check out more on the Dark Universe, with Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Invisible Man that are planned. If they really can master this to be a Universe-movie like Marvel has been doing with such grand efforts, then yes please. Otherwise I still will love checking out these new reboots for the new age of SFX!!!
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Writer: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematography: Ben Seresin
Run Time: 107 m