Before the release date, the internet was awash with meme after meme around why Brendan Fraser was not starring in the reboot of The Mummy. The film dropped and the tones of the memes instantly changed to Fraser gloating about not being included. It’s the film that has took an absolute spanking from the critics and so it’s time for your favourite show to review and share their thoughts…..
First of all we will hit you with the premise – Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.
Sounds intense right? Well I can honestly say that I have never been so disappointed after watching a film. I love the original series, I love Tom Cruise (through all the scientology craziness) and I really love the idea of the creation of The Dark Universe – Monster Franchise. So again my expectations were fairly high; however, they were not even close to being met.
Instead of getting an edgy action-adventure-thriller type film, we are met with some dreadful and at times cringe worthy humour crossed with some uninspiring action followed by some standard Tom Cruise running. You do, however need to concentrate whilst watching and not because the plot is hard hitting and intense. It is simply to decipher if you are watching a reboot of The Mummy or in fact you are watching Ethan Hunt in the latest instalment of Mission Impossible. One scene in particularly – involving a plane – which is toward the start, is very much MI esque and is more to showcase Cruise’s ability to perform his own stunts.
Stories have emerged since the release, which state that Cruise had excessive control on set and was making decisions way above his ridiculous pay grade. The movie can’t establish itself in any genre and flickers back and forth between a serious action-thriller and a slapstick comedy. One bathroom scene in particular just left me gobsmacked at the ridiculous humour that was trying to be built in the dialogue between the two characters. It was as if you were watching the outtakes, when you sometimes see serious scenes but the actors involved add some inappropriate humour to make the set more light-hearted before doing the scene properly. However, with the reboot of The Mummy, they decided to actually put this into the final cut of the movie!!!
I remember in the 90’s that just hiring yourself a big movie star would pretty much guarantee you a smash hit. Whereas now we live in a world of CGI heavy productions with, at times, relatively unknown stars taking centre stage. Could we be seeing the end of an era?!?
Well this movie had two superstars in Tom Cruise but then also Russell Crowe. Now Crowe, brings a lot to his character and to be fair I did actually enjoy his performance. However reflecting on it, he was playing Dr. Jekyll & Mr Hyde, it was very random for this character to be involved at this stage. I appreciate that they are trying to build a new universe and much of the success of the MCU and the DCEU is because of the excitement of cross over characters; however, for me, Dr. Jekyll is a character that has been portrayed too many times and without much success. The standout performance for me was in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but that wasn’t even enough to make this character a must see.
Overall, I am still excited about this new Dark Universe, however, I will quickly lose interest if the next instalment provides such a poorly executed action-comedy. What doesn’t fill me with hope is that it looks like they are looking at Hollywood A-Listers solely to portray the characters. Stars already confirmed are Johnny Depp (The Invisible Man – which will no doubt be a cross over between Captain Jack & every other character he has played) Javier Bardem (Frankenstein) and rumoured to sign is Angelina Jolie (Frankenstein’s Bride).
All we can do is hope that the directors take full control and bring some stability, but most importantly, great plots and a specified genre, back to the forefront.