"The Mummy" is rebooted as a "Indiana Jones" movie with more comedy and effects overkill in a film that takes no time to let it's action and effects breathe and be digested. John Hannah is excellent in a thankless supporting role and Rachel Weisz is breathtaking screen paint, but main hero Brendan Fraser misses many times with his comedic timing and is a terrible lead.
Nostalgia may cloud my judgement a bit, but this has to be one of the best action thrillers of the 90s. Groundbreaking visuals, fantastic action set pieces, and an incredibly charismatic cast all spawned from a funny and clever screenplay. I'll never forget how floored I was seeing this back in 99'.
The Mummy has amazing costume and set design, as well as special effects. The movie is based in 1920's Egypt and its old-fashioned costume design, style of cars in the background, and the Egyptian artifacts really showcase that. The design of the mummy has to be the best part about it. Imhotep's grotesque and mummified look really adds to the appeal. The authenticity of the set design adds to the realism of the film.
It's one the most entertaining movie in THE MUMMY franchise. For a movie with some "mummy" elements in it should be a horror/thriller movie. But f*ck it! I need some entertaining movies. Director Stephen Sommers knew how to make a fresh reimagining from the 1932's version. So he mix Egyptian mythology with Indiana Jones-esque theme in his movie. It turned out to be great. It's better than Tom Cruise's Mummy. Awesome!
Three years after the fairly misguided pulp throwback of "The Phantom," writer/director Stephen Sommers made a far more successful attempt. While the over-reliance on digital effects and comic supporting characters can tax a modern viewer's patience, the film is held together by Brendan Fraser at the peak of his stardom - as handsome and dashing as a matinee idol, but with the natural hilarity of a comic performer.
Romantic with a capital "R." 18 years later it's hard not to feel that Sommers & co. have been taken for granted. While there might not be much in the way of rich subtext, the lush visuals, beautiful score, and lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry of the cast gives the sense that everyone loved being a participant in this. It makes the gritty tone and muted palette of the upcoming reboot all the less exciting to me.
the 2010s equivalent of "all the good jokes were in the trailer" is "you've already seen all the good jokes in gifsets on tumblr". I knew not to expect a really forward-thinking plot or anything but man, who thought the sequence where everybody in Cairo except a couple white people turns into mindless zombies was a good idea?