This was supposed to be the start up for Universal’s “Dark Universe” world, which seems to have more promise than this movie could hope for. We can anticipate to be hopeful for more from this universe, including Bride of Frankenstein (with the monster played by Javier Bardem and directed by Beauty and the Beast‘s Bill Condo in 2019. The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp), and The Creature from the Black Lagoon (rumor has it Scarlett Johannson). Meanwhile, we have to initially greet the first installment, the ugly stepson with bad hair and jagged teeth, of the universe.
The Mummy attempted to do things right with its summer release, using Tom Cruise, and some fun action. It turned out to be a bad pairing with Cruise and Annabelle Wallis (from Annabelle 😎) with zero chemistry. And poor Tom, try as he may, just didn’t work here. The movie tried at comedic bits which didn’t seem to flow right. It’s action scenes, while fun, offered nothing new or memorable by the end.
Director Alex Kurtzman (whose only directing experience comes from 2012’s dramedy People Like Us) seemed to try his darndest. The zombie-like reanimated corpses and the trailer-famous plane crash were cool to watch. But bringing anything around with mummies may have still been too soon, even with 2008’s third Brendan Fraser/Mummy being not at the 20 year mark. And while Sofia Boutella did fair as this mummy, she ended up just looking like a hot pale woman waltzing around London half naked, which, to some, may be rewarding, but there’s porn for that. This movie put buckets of cash into its special effects; it could have used a CGI mummy look creepier before sucking all the life out of the living and, ultimately, this movie. 🥁🥁🥁
A critic from Arizona Republic sums it up brilliantly: “The Mummy winds up being not much its own movie as what, by the end, feels like the first episode of a show that’s already been renewed for several seasons.” 👏 get👏it 👏 gurlll