The Mummy (2017)

Review: The Mummy (2017)

10 Jun 17

Plenty of action but...

This movie seems to struggle to find it genre. It's part Indiana Jones, part Mummy, part Scooby Doo. Unlike the earlier Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz which seamlessly mixed action with comedy, mainly due to the gung ho, can do attitude of the leads, this movie has a reluctant hero who is more often out of his depth, struggling to know what to do than anything else. And his heroine is likewise more helpless than helpful. We also get a dead best mate who pops up now and then with a mix of helpful and unhelpful advice. And we get a Russell Crowe version of Dr Jeykyll/Mr Hyde who is part save-the-world scientist and part mad scientist. The best character in the entire movie is the baddie, now cast as a female. She is consistent throughout, always endeavouring to resurrect her god.

The movie has plenty of action, most if it designed to make Cruise look decades younger than he is. But the humour sometimes seems out of place and is more forced than the Fraser/Weisz movies. Fans of Tom Cruise will love it, fans of The Mummy story are less likely to.