Date watched: Friday 18th November 2016
Year released: 1999
First time watching?: No
From IMDb: “An American serving in the French Foreign Legion on an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Hamunaptra accidentally awakens a mummy.”
My wanting to rewatch this movie (which used to scare me a little when I first watched it) stemmed from a conversation we were having in the cinema waiting to watch “Fantastic Beasts” about Tom Cruise and the remake currently in production. I am in two minds about the idea of the remake; on one hand, it’s Tom Cruise and when he’s in a movie you kind of know what you’re expecting. On the other hand, its yet another remake. Of a remake. Hollywood really is getting tired.
Anyway, “The Mummy” is a movie I first watched over a friend’s at a sleepover, which of course at the time watching a scary movie seems like a really good idea. Arnold Vosloo as the titular mummy, Imhotep, just brought a sense of fear to the role that to my young teenage self led to a few sleepless nights. Now I’m a (tiny bit) more grown up (I’m 18 months away from 30 haha) I class it as a kind of …. horror-comedy. Brendan Fraser is possibly in his finest role in this movie, being hilarious in his role as Rick O’Connell while at the same time keeping the pace moving as the main action hero of the piece. Rachel Weisz as his love interest and the brains of the operation shines as she usually does whenever she’s on screen, and John Hannah as her oafish brother brings a great lightheartedness to the screen.
Years later from when I originally watched “The Mummy” the CGI is starting to look a bit rough around the edges in places, particularly during fight scenes between Rick and a whole army of mummies, however this is pretty much the only gripe I have with this movie years down the line. I still find the jokes funny, and the action entertaining, and although Imhotep no longer makes me hide under the blanket while I’m watching him, he’s still a formidable villain for our heroes to defeat.
This movie was never going to win any Oscars, but to younger viewers it’s a great scary movie to introduce them to the idea of watching something to get the adrenaline pumping, and to older viewers brings exactly what it promises; fun, action and adventure.
My rating: 7/10