Movie Review: THE MUMMY Disappoints
I'm a Tom Cruise fan. I love the Mission: Impossible series (with the notable exception of the odious M:I2), Jack Reacher is a blast, and his 80's and 90's output is great.
I'm also a huge action and horror movie buff. I love the classic Universal monster movies and want nothing more than to see these classic monsters succeed and thrive on the big screen so that younger audiences can become fascinated by these characters and seek out the older films.
Unfortunately, The Mummy fails to deliver for fans of Tom Cruise and/or monster movies. It's not an awful movie, but it's certainly not a good movie. The Mummy is simply mediocre.
Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, a military man who steals ancient antiquities while on missions. Nick is a scoundrel; a roguish thief character similar to Nathan Drake in the Uncharted video game series, or even Han Solo. This is not the type of character that Tom Cruise plays. We instantly know that the character will be heroic based on his casting, and his delivery of jokey lines fall flat. Tom Cruise is a good actor, but he has pigeon-holed himself into stoic roles or action movie characters that show little humor to them. This role called for someone more in line with Chris Pratt or Nathan Fillion.
The miscasting of Tom Cruise would be forgivable if the movie delivered on rebooting the Mummy franchise. It does not. This is a film that is trying to establish a larger universe where all types of monsters exist, such as Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. As such, the movie spends more time focusing on the secret team that studies monsters than it does on the Mummy's own plight. Greater emphasis is also spent on the monster growing within Tom Cruise's character.
in other words, the studio put the cart before the horse. They want to create an empire of monster movies and crammed so much into this film to flesh out that world so that they can churn movie after movie that are interconnected a la the Marvel movies. In doing so they lose the focus of the movie. It's the Iron Man 2 of monster movies- overstuffed and undercooked.
Further, the film (in 3D at least) is entirely too dark- I could not see much of the action because of how dark the screen is. The action is very reliant on quick cuts, so the action scenes did not work for me.
I was really disappointed with The Mummy. I wanted to like it, but I walked away from the theater thinking only "meh". What this means for the pending series of monster movies in this Dark Universe franchise is uncertain, as rumors indicate that many of the announced films like Bride of Frankenstein may be scrapped if The Mummy underperforms. That would be a disappointment, as I want to see these films. But they should focus on the individual stories themselves, and let any interconnectedness between films grow organically as opposed to being forced into a film to try to establish other franchises.