The Mummy Movie Review

Today Tom Cruise’s latest flick, The Mummy hits theaters. And as expected, it’s been getting a lot of flack. There’s even a #NotMyMummy social movement happening to go against the reboot of the original franchise of The Mummy, which began in 1999 (can you believe that was 18 years ago?!).

I caught a screening earlier this week and to be honest, was feeling pretty skeptical going in. Admittedly, it’s been ages since I’ve watched any of The Mummy movies, but I do know that back in the day I LOVED them. And as a Universal Orlando pass holder, I make it a point to stop for The Mummy ride every time I’m at the park!

The Mummy Poster

The Plot

You know a mummy and Tom Cruise are involved, but let’s get to the details.

Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise) is an American soldier in the Middle East who frequently goes hunting for artifacts to steal and sell off to the highest bidder. But while trying to track an ancient site down with his reluctant partner Chris (Jake Johnson), they come under attack and accidentally unearth an ancient Egyptian tomb, where Ahmanet, has been buried for thousands of years.

The Mummy

As a result, Morton himself becomes cursed and finds himself trying to remedy the curse and reel Ahmanet in, who begins to wreak havoc in the streets of London. In this quest, he meets Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe), who has dedicated his life to researching and stuyding the “monsters” of the world (which seems to be a foreshadow of what’s to come next for Universal’s Dark Universe film production company), and deals with the battle of good and evil.

Is This Movie Worth Seeing?

It’s not one I’d recommend running to the theaters for (it can totally wait until Redbox/Netflix), but in my opinion, yes. With the caveat that you need to block the original franchise of The Mummy out of your head, because that will totally cloud your judgment. And maaaaaybe blocking Tom Cruise’s crazy real-life antics out as well.

Overall, it was much better than I was expecting.

Tom Cruise in The Mummy

The cast was really great and the film was much more “modern” than the original franchise, which made it easier to separate the two (I will say that I was disappointed that there was NO Brendan Fraser cameo – I thought there’d for sure be some kind of easter egg with him in it). The mummy’s “minions” if you will, were more of a version of The Walking Dead zombies and there was a lot of humor infused into the film via Jake Johnson’s character.

The monster sub-plot seemed to take an odd turn for the film as well, but I think it was our hint that we’ll be seeing a lot more of those classic Universal horror characters soon from Dark Universe, which I can’t wait for!

 

What are your thoughts on The Mummy reboot? Is this something on your list to see?

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  • I love Tom Cruise so I might have to see this!

    • I hope you like it, Laura! Do you have a fave Tom Cruise movie?

  • I must admit… I wasn’t sure what to make of this reboot. I’m a fan of Tom Cruise’s films, but The Mummy without Brendan Fraser? Hmmm… Plus, the trailer I saw didn’t seem very Mummy-esque. I might wait until it lands on Prime or Netflix :)

    • I know.. very weird! It was pretty easy for me to separate the two – this reboot had a lot of new pieces that they’re going to incorporate in other Universal “monster” movies. I don’t think waiting to Netflix or Prime it is a bad idea!

  • Not a huge Tom Cruise fan with all I’ve heard about him and his dealings in Scientology. I never saw the original film so I would probably watch that one before anything with TC.

    • Oh definitely watch the original ones with Brendan Fraser! Those were the good ol’ Mummy days :)

  • Denay DeGuzman

    I am so looking forward to seeing The Mummy with Tom Cruise. But it is disappointing to learn that Brendan Fraser didn’t have a cameo in this film. We are holding off and waiting to see The Mummy until we arrive at our second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in two weeks because they have an awesome VIP movie theater with the big Lazy Boy style seats that recline all the way back (you can go almost flat) and are set up two by two, with tables with lamps on either side – AND there’s waiter service right at your seat with a full menu like Pina Coladas, Frappuccinos, ribs, sushi, crepes, chicken wings, burgers, curly fries, etc. The movies are offered in both English and Spanish (just different show times). It’s such a treat to see movies in Paradise!

    • I hope you like it, Denay! That trip to Mexico sounds SO fab and I’d definitely wait for it too. I’m not sure I’d ever be able to go to the regular movies again after that kind of experience :) Have a great time!!

  • Nazrin Miah

    I’ve heard mixed reviews about this film and also have mixed feelings about watching it! I have watched every other Mummy movie and have enjoyed them massively! I really don’t want to be disappointed!

    http://www.nmdiaries.com

  • When I heard he was doing a mummy reboot my first thought was ‘already?!’ I didn’t realize the first one came 18 years ago!

    -Alix

    • Right?! Or that we’re old enough to remember something that was 18 years ago, haha. Not ok!

  • tannawings

    I am not rushing out for this one. I think it is one of the few Cruise movies I might not care for. When it comes out on DVD we might rent it, or maybe not. I liked the old version and in general do not like remakes.

    • I totally get that. I really had to separate this one from the rest of The Mummy franchise. It was interesting how Universal tied in the other concepts/characters they’re going to be introducing soon too!