First off, I just want to state that the Mummy (1999, starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weiss) is one of my favorite movies of all time. It had everything I could ever want out of a movie: romance, action, adventure and a MUMMY! I’ve written whole articles on how Rick and Evelyn’s story was the greatest love story of all time. So, least to say, I was a bit hesitant entering into the movies for this remake. For months I would watch the trailer to this movie, turn to my boyfriend and state “I can’t believe they are remaking this! I refuse to watch it!”. My boyfriend would then calmly turn to me and say with complete and utter confidence “Vanessa, it’s a movie about a female mummy. You are going to watch it”. Of course, at the time I didn’t want to admit that to him but as time went on I became intrigued with the premise and my love for Sofia Boutella outweighed my dislike of Tom Cruise (the person – not the actor, I still tend to enjoy some of his films).
I walked into the theater with no expectations whatsoever. I really wanted to like this movie. I was horribly disappointed. There were a total of two scenes that I actually enjoyed. The first being the scene in the beginning where Ahmanet (played by Sofia Boutella) called the god of death to her in a ritual. The second was the scene where Dr Henry Jekyll turned into Mr Hyde. That was it. The only two redeemable scenes in this mess of a movie.
The entire story, including the romance, was incredibly rushed. This break neck speed that’s kept up throughout the film doesn’t allow the audience to form any sort of emotional attachment to any characters. Not to mention the lack of character development and backstory. I found myself rolling my eyes more times than not throughout the film. I really wasn’t a fan of Jenny’s character (played by Annabelle Wallis). Jenny was the ultimate damsel in distress. Constantly running into the dangerous situations without any redeeming qualities. Her character doesn’t serve any real value at all until she is used as collateral damage in the end. I found myself comparing this movie with it’s 1999 counterpart for the entirety and found it to be severely lacking.
Overall, I am disappointed with the film but I can’t say that I am surprised. This rut that Hollywood seems to be stuck in is an unfortunate one. We don’t want remakes of childhood favorites, especially not with new content being created everyday. It doesn’t inspire much confidence with this film supposedly just being a jump off for recreating the entire monster universe.