The Dark Universe Introduction
Jake Johnson Humor
Tom Cruise's Scream
Half a Story
The Mummy 2017 Review (NO SPOILERS):
The Mummy is a 2017 Monster-Horror movie. It stars Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman 2015), Annabelle Wallis (The Tudors), Russel Crowe (Gladiator) and Jake Johnson (New Girl). Releasing in cinemas 09 June 2017.
This retelling of the monster movie property follows the story of Nick Morton and his buddy Sgt. Vigil, two Iraqi soldiers, and part-time treasure thieves. As Nick coaxes his partner on a wild adventure to find some treasure, they quickly get caught up in an ancient curse, a resurrected Mummy and a secret dark organization watching from the shadows, which tries to prevent monsters like The Mummy from destroying the world.
It’s also an attempt by Universal Pictures to kick off it’s Dark Universe franchise; essentially an entire universe (movie universes are so hot right now) of the original classic monsters: Dracula, Creature from the deep, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde etc.
What I Thought:
I try and not get caught up in hype or politically correct bias when it comes to movies, it comes down to a simple rule: Did I enjoy it, and from there, I try and tell you if you should spend your money or not.
My first thought after leaving the movie was: “Just forget everything you know about 1999 The Mummy movie”, and that’s true, it’s nothing like the 1999 Brendan Fraiser film. If you’re trying to compare the two, the new film will come off second best. The Mummy isn’t perfect and I wouldn’t say it was amazing either, it was average.
The story or at least the one the film was trying to setup started off with a simple idea, but as the movie progressed, I found that while I enjoyed the fact the creators were trying to develop this Dark Universe, The Mummy’s story itself is lost, cut short by the middle second act, to make room to start telling you a new story of this Dark Universe.
The action and humor were fine, but nothing to write home about (I did enjoy Jake Johnson’s character though). Tom Cruise, who has been hammered in early reviews for his poor performance, I felt didn’t do as bad as the early critics are citing, though I’ve never thought Cruise was the best casting choice for this movie, he’s a bit smooth American Spy rather than Indiana Jones.
The conclusion is also a bit of a bit confusing and I don’t think it’s sure if it’s a happy or a sad ending. It’s just confusing! (I thought to myself: wait what?)
Should you Watch It?
Overall, this is a great introduction into the Dark Universe, a universe that I hope to see and experience more of in future movies, though, The Mummy, is weak, it’s not horrible, but it’s not great, it’s half the movie it could have been.
I would pay for a ticket again to watch it, and yes, I’m actually happy I did, that Dark Universe is holding me in there, I think without it, my review would have been a little harder.
If you’ve seen the film, I’d love to know what you thought, let me know in the comments.
If you’re looking for a SPOILER REVIEW, check out our friend’s review at Desolation Morris.