READ, WATCH, LISTEN: The Mummy – 5 Reasons Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) See it
Last night I saw Tom Cruise‘s latest blockbuster movie, The Mummy (2017), the reboot of The Mummy (1999), starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. It has a different plot (different characters and era), although similar story arch that connects ancient Egypt with the modern Western world through the story of violently created mummies.
I haven’t seen The Mummy (1932), from which the 1999 film loosely carved its plot, so you could say I am more an outsider looking in than a fangirl, but I was super hyped about seeing this movie, so wanted to share some reasons why you’ll absolutely want to see this movie, or just, yunno, not:
1. It’s an Action Horror Film
All of these movies are listed as action horror or pre-code horror films. So gals, be prepared. It’s M-rated for a reason. But somehow, I’d missed/forgotten the “horror” aspect and ended up spending a portion of the movie with hands over my face and leaping off the seat. So if you’re a fan of horrors, this has the perfect mix of action, plot, characters, tension, intrigue, a smattering of the cerebral, with just the right amount of horror moments that are not, in fact, too horrific. It’s the ideal first date movie if you want to cling to the person of the hour (but not your self-respect). But if ghoulishness leaves you a little dead inside, it may not be the movie for you.
2. It’s A Love Story
Come on… Tom Cruise is a seasoned love story pro! Of course there is a love story. Yeah, sure, he’s 54, and the objection of his affection is 22 years younger than him, in 32-year-old British actress Annabelle Wallis. And he’s “the chosen one” of 35-year-old actress Sofia Boutella, who dazzles on screen as fictional Egyptian princess Ahmanet. But it’s possibly more suited to a younger Tom Cruise. But hey, it’s the movies, suspend that reality, he still looks well put together, whatever his age. And gals love an action man.
3. It’s Good Vs. Evil And The Bits In Between
The Mummy is not evil enough to be evil, and the good vs. evil highlights more grey areas than absolutes. The Dr Henry Jekyll guy, played by superstar Russell Crowe is more tortured and obsessed by evil (no spoilers) and is quite literal as a character. And the movie ends with the start of The Mummy’s potential sequel, with the emergence of a new “monster”, which echoes the idea that we have a choice to be good or evil. So stay tuned for that one.
4. It Has The Stars And The Big Budget
This is big budget movie making – apparently to the tune of USD $125 million – so expect all the bells and whistles. I love the audio of a big movie, which in this case was all about building suspense in the classic horror style. Plus Ahmanet’s look, which no doubt was created by the best wardrobe/makeup peops in the biz, is so on point it hurts. If Halloween is all about gals having another chance to play at sexy dress up, then surely 2017 is the year of Ahmanet. As for the stars, when Russell Crowe is onscreen, I’m in. He’s not quite so complex a character in this movie as some of his others but as ever, he has the gravitas that belongs in the cinema.
5. It’s Set in England
I can never get enough of big budget movies set in London, or the English countryside. There’s something quintessentially harmless about them (except in an action horror movie). But in this movie, the crusader tomb and gothic Norman churches, and even the underground, make me feel weirdly, and inappropriately nostalgic and intrigued. There are some grisly scenes in this quaint motherland in The Mummy, and the spookiness wins out, but that English vibe just tones it down (in a good way). Filming actually took place in Oxford, Surrey with some epic birds-eye-view London flyovers, and yep… I just can’t get enough.
That’s my little bit. If any of that tickles your fancy, then seeing The Mummy at the cinemas is definitely for you!