Does this movie deserve the 3.5 Icees out of 5 that I give it? I know that I have never started off my review with a question before, but then again I’ve never seen a movie quite like this before. This movie can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be in the genre of horror, adventure movie, or camp. It’s almost a bit frustrating that it doesn’t really fit well into any of these and if I were to rate it as any of them, it would fail miserably. My guess is that is what most of the professional critics have done since it has a whoppin’ 17% on rottentomatoes.com.
But what I am trying to do here is rate it for what it is, which is a different type of movie. I’m not a fan of horror movies so I’m glad it really doesn’t fall into that genre. Yes, there are horror-like elements to it, but they are so tame it would really be more like horror-lite… and that’s ok. There are some great funny lines in the movie (mostly by a supporting character that I can’t really explain because then it would be a spoiler) but it doesn’t come close to the campy Mummy movies of almost a decade ago starring Brendan Fraser. There is some adventure to it, but again, not quite enough call it an adventure movie. See my quandry?
So why did I give it 3.5 Icees? Well, to put it simply… I enjoyed it. It was different in that there wasn’t a really a hero fighting a bad guy (or in this case, gal). It was just a story. An odd story granted, but a story nonetheless. This movie has some good special effects, a flowing plot and an ending that you don’t quite expect. It’s unusual, and I kind of like that.
Not all audiences are impressed. As of the time I am writing this, on rottentomatoes.com the audience has only given it a 45% rating. Perhaps I am the only one out there that liked it? No, I know that’s not quite true because there are some professionals that did too (example: the USAToday critic gave it a 3 out of 4). I think too many people came into this movie with expectations. Perhaps they thought this would be a typical “Tom Cruise is a hero” movie. Maybe they thought it would be a campy version like the ones with Brendan. Maybe they thought it would be more of a horror movie. If you come into this movie with any preconceived notions, you’ll be disappointed. This movie is just all over the place and I guess people don’t like that. Well, except me and my lovely wife of course (she liked it better than I did).
Tom Cruise does a good job as an anti-hero forced into a unique situation. He isn’t the one with the witty lines though as those go to Chris Vail in a supporting role. The role of damsel goes to Annabelle Wallis (she was in a couple of Fast and Furious movies) whose character probably was the most typical. There there is Sofia Boutella, who you may remember from Kingsman. With the range she is given, she nails the character perfectly. At some point, I would like to see her in a movie where she has more lines so I can tell if she actually can act, or if she just fits into the odd roles she is placed in. Maybe I’ll get my wish when Atomic Blond comes out later this year. All in all, I think the cast does a good job.
The Mummy is supposed to kick off Universal’s, “Dark Universe” which is scheduled to have appearances by The Invisible Man, Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein and has such big names as Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Johnny Depp and others. However since this movie is getting destroyed by professional critics, if it doesn’t do well in the theaters the universe may come to an end before it really takes off. That would be a shame because this is a series of movies that I think I would enjoy, especially if it were like this one.
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