(VVNG.com) Get ready to enjoy the two-thirds of this flick that are filled with amazing stunts, great acting, an intriguing story, explosive action and hella (I’m trying to sound hip, sorry) funny jokes… The other third… Kinda sucks!
Tom Cruise is as charismatic as always in this highly entertaining and highly creepy remake of The Mummy. However, as much as I like Mr. Cruise, the movie is not called The Tom Cruise and while I understand that you need a hero to go up against a baddie in this type of flick, it’s pretty messed up that The Mummy ends up being a secondary (sometimes tertiary) character in her own movie.
Frankenstein(‘s Monster), Dracula, Dr. Jekyll, The Invisible Man, The Wolfman and, of course, The Mummy, are some of the monsters that Universal Studios is planning on bringing together in one big cinematic universe called the Dark Universe. I am very excited about this and I can’t wait until they all get together and wreak havoc upon the world. It seems like Universal could not wait either.
Instead of just focusing on the Mummy and having faith that the audience will want to watch future monster movies, the studio decided to take the spotlight away from the tp’d Egyptian and introduce another character (won’t spoil who) in the middle of the flick.
The actual cameo (more like full on part) of the additional monster wasn’t bad or anything, it just felt like the filmmakers were very pushy with their future material. They were doing such a good job with the movie that when it got to that point, it was as if they were saying: “Hey so now that we have your attention, check this guy out, he is going to come out in another movie so don’t forget to give us your money when we make those other flicks, okay?”
I give The Mummy the “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance!” Like I said, the first two acts are great. They have a very good balance of action (the airplane scene is amazing), humor (kudos to Mr. Cruise, he was hilarious) and horror (too scary for kiddos in some parts), but I would have preferred to see a full-on Mummy movie with a cool post-credit scene announcing the bigger universe. Instead I got part of a great flick and a 30 minute commercial for upcoming films.
The decision to lose focus on the Mummy and concentrate on the Dark Universe lead to an incomprehensible continuity, irrationality and a very lame final showdown. It was very apparent that the story ended way before the flick did and that makes me VERY nervous for the future of this universe. Hopefully this isn’t the first and final nail in it’s coffin.
So, what did you think of The Mummy? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.