[Netflix] the mummies on the British Museum in London truly scared me to death. Cos they're no fossils, you can see the expression of pain on their faces! Haven't seen this many ominous birds since 'The Birds'. The film ticks all the right boxes and it's very entertaining. Mixes genres and while that may frustrate audiences I actually liked this for it. Wish Bush-era soldiers had kept the taliban away from monuments.
Tone deaf, unable to nail chemistry, and proving if nothing else that Tom Cruise is dangerously close to being too old to play a cocky maverick, The Mummy makes remarkably little sense for a movie that spends half its runtime explaining itself to you. Cruise looks about 30% sure he knows what the rules are, and, sadly, the Dark Universe means that even if an annoying character dies, they can always come back.
Universal's answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with this shameless Tom Cruise vanity project. It's a severe enough misfire to make me question Cruise's creative instincts outside of his "Mission: Impossible" wheelhouse. A high tolerance for PG-13 tentpole schlock kept me in my seat, but I imagine Joe Sixpack will finish their popcorn and bolt from the auditorium long before the credits roll.
It straddles two templates for blockbuster filmmaking, the first a Raiders-lite goofy and amusing adventure tale, the second a self-serious CGI wreck. Cruise can do lovable jerk in his sleep but by the time Crowe gets his spiel this is in League adaptation territory. Cribbing the worst aspects of the MU isn't a good start, they should put this franchise to bed with a stake to the heart.
One extra star for Tom Cruise's irrepressible effort in every production he participates in. There's so much expensive guff around at the moment - just think what Hollywood could be capable of if profit wasn't the main incentive.
Universal's attempt to start the 'Dark Universe' franchise is somewhat a stillborn effort only hinting at the other possible 'monsters' and providing a hilariously over the top Russell Crowe as a certain mad doctor. Strip away that nonsense and you're left with a passable summer movie full of dazzling effects, a dashing hero and a villain with some true threat.
Probably enjoyed The Mummy's campiness much more than I should. It's just a fun, lazy Sunday watch. Tom Cruise is definitely out of place here, but he was still the best part of the movie, which speaks to his star power and commitment to entertain audiences and give them something they've never seen before. Crowe was surprisingly good as Dr. Jekyll. Would love to get that movie.
Air ball. Fumble. Pick your sports metaphor. It had some momentum at the beginning, but none of the chemistry worked. Not between Tom and Jake, not between Tom and Annabelle. What purpose was Jekyll and Hyde? No superpowers. Just an addict who goes wild seemingly every 30 minutes or so unless he gets his fix. As bad as it was, there may be more.