BBC is reporting sad news. The critics think The Mummy sucks. While I will wait to declare anything until I watch it (tomorrow), I have to admit I’m a little disappointed The Mummy couldn’t at least get mixed reviews. Yes my horror-film-friends, pretty much ALL the critics say the movie sucks.
Some review quotes:
“For all the huffing and puffing and digital desperation from overworked computers, this reboot lands onscreen with a resounding thud…Tom Cruise should have played the Mummy – that way his face would be swathed in bandages and his fans wouldn’t have to see him sweat so hard to get this lumbering loser off the ground.” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
“The problem at its heart is that the reality of what the movie is – a Tom Cruise vehicle – is at war with the material” (Owen Gleiberman, Variety)
“This has some nice moments but is basically a mess. The plot sags like an aeon-old decaying limb: a jumble of ideas and scenes from what look like different screenplay drafts.” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)
“The stunts are by far the best element here…Whether it’s planes being torn apart, Cruise and Wallis driving through the woods with the Mummy in pursuit or the very spectacular finale, the visual effects are first rate. Whenever the action stops, though, the film becomes derivative and empty headed.” (Jeffry Macnab, The Independent)