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!
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.
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.
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?