“Let me get this straight. They ripped out your guts and they stuffed them in jars?”
In 2012 I did a cinematic advent calendar of twenty four films. These were films that I really liked and have enjoyed at the cinema. This year on a similar theme I will be posting a movie advent calendar of twenty four movies.
This remake of a classic 1932 horror film actually is nothing of the sort. This is not a horror film, this is much more an action adventure film with both comedic and horror aspects thrown into the mix. It is a great pieces of escapism.
I actually do like the film, and I take it at face value, as an action adventure comedy. I think Brendan Fraser does a good performance in the lead role playing the character of Rick O’Connell. Likewise Rachel Weisz’s character Evelyn Carnahan is not the simplistic female characters of the 1930s film. However my favourite character is the bumbling Jonathan Carnahan played by the excellent John Hannah.
The cinematography is really nice and the effects (for 1999) are rather good. One of the standout elements of the film is its sense of fun. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way.
I never watched the 1932 film, but I suspect the 1999 version is nothing like the original.
Overall, The Mummy is a fun and thrilling ride that fans of the genre will definitely enjoy. It may not be a masterpiece, but it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours.
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