Every movie today has to have a built in audience ready to buy tickets. That’s why they make so many sequels and remakes – because they know a fan base will go and see it regardless. And isn’t that just a little sad? Blizzard says, not so much.
After all, did Lord of the Rings win all those Oscars?
But let’s take a look at the other side of that coin, shall we? Anybody remember Wing Commander? How about DOOM – the movie? And let’s not forget the worst of all – Super – Mario – Bros.
WOW WTF? Half nekkid nigh elves do not a movie make.
#24 – The Mummy
Being an adult is serious business. Often, it’s tough just getting our friends to take us seriously, much less the rest of the world. It’s because of our desire to come across as “adult like” and not “childish” that makes us turn our backs on things that make us happy. When we were kids, we laughed at Star Wars and Chewbacca putting his hands behind his head at the thought of ripping droids arms off, especially those that do let him win. But as adults, too many people are afraid to admit what they loved.
I was an adult when The Mummy came out in 1999 and like many adults I couldn’t help but think to myself, “This is no Raiders of the Lost Ark”. And it’s not. But the Mummy is a remake of a monster movie with a lot of action and a bunch of humor. It’s easy to think that the best way to get kids excited about being scared is to whip out a copy of Nightmare on Elm Street and start the kid out right.
But swimming pools have shallow and deep ends with the thought that not everyone is ready to watch REC. The Mummy is the story about an insane man who isn’t going to let something as stupid as death keep him from the woman that he loves. And anyone who gets in his way, can go to Hell. (Egyptian Hell which is a lot freakier than you would think.) And THIS is just the story of the bad guy. It doesn’t even get into the hero or the young and irresistible Rachel Weisz.
Yes, at times it feels more like an excuse for a lot of crappy CGI, but get out your brush and dust this movie off. There’s horror, and romance, and action, and insane Egyptian priests, and curses, and the book of the dead, and so much that there’s no way a kid wouldn’t love this film.