I thought that the trailers for this film made it look like it would be a travesty. It looked far too CGI-dependent and I wasn't exactly sure if the military aspect was totally necessary. I also have fond memories of the Brendan Fraser series, so I was hesitant.
The writing is certainly problematic. The issue that I thought I would have with the military aspect was not existent. The military parts only took up a small percentage of the films. The film was enjoyable, but not as comedic as the Fraser series. Tom Cruise has some good comedic abilities, as does Jake Johnson (whose character is horribly underused), but they are given very little time to shine those comedic chops. The film instead takes a focus on the action and the sci-fi universe building. My biggest issues came in with the fact that they were trying too hard to start the Dark Universe. Without going into detailed spoilers, the main conflict of the film is turned away from Sofia Boutella's character, and I didn't like that. I think that her eponymous Mummy should have provided the main conflict. The part in establishing the Dark Universe that I did like, though, was the character of Dr. Jekyll. I thought that the reimagining of this character was very interesting and I would like to see this storyline developed more over the course of future films in the universe. On the other hand, I'm not sure about the way that they set up the "Mummy" storyline to continue.
The CGI and cinematography are actually really good, as can be expected of a film with a $125 million price tag. The acting is surprisingly solid. Tom Cruise fits his role really well, and I think that Russel Crowe actually gave a great performance as Dr. Jekyll. Sofia Boutella was good as the Mummy, but not great, and as mentioned before, Jake Johnson was good, but didn't have much to do. The set pieces are also really impressive, especially the "headquarters" that will come to be the foundation of the Dark Universe.
Overall, I didn't think that "The Mummy" was a horrible film, and in fact, it was quite enjoyable. But for the most part, it tried too hard. I feel like "Dracula Untold" may have been a more natural opener to this series, and this entry may have even worked if it wasn't trying to spin off both the Dark Universe and a "Mummy" series on its own. Still, I hope that this film makes enough globally to find out what Universal has to offer.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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