According to The Guardian, The Mummy is "a ragbag of action scenes which needed to be bandaged more tightly", while IndieWire declares it "the worst movie that Tom Cruise has ever made". The first in a planned series of reboots, in which everyone from the Wolf Man to the Hunchback of Notre Dame will live in a shared Dark Universe, "The Mummy" sets a tone of thematic confusion and box-office desperation. If you did not watch The Mummy yet, then you'll probably want to avoid playing the new mobile game based on the movie that will make its way to Android and iOS devices later this month. A new musical theme for the "Dark Universe", composed by Danny Elfman, will debut in theaters ahead of "The Mummy". The best part of the character arc comes at the end of the film and again sets up future movies. Or something else entirely? It also stars Courtney B Vance and Jake Johnson. On the advice of resident Hot Archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) - all "Mummy" movies are required to have at least one Hot Archaeologist - the mummy is transferred to London, which goes swimmingly well for all concerned. Not.
Critically, "The Mummy" movies, going back to when Brendan Fraser was starring in them, have never been appreciated by critics. Other characters step forward, including Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. When her tomb is unearthed by grave robber and Navy Seal Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), Ahmanet awakens and makes plans to unleash the Egyptain God of Death onto the world.
All in all, The Mummy was a satisfactory introduction for horror fans to enter a new world of cinematic monsters.
The obligation here is the launch of Universal's Dark Universe, because the Marvel and DC franchise pile-ups simply aren't enough for audiences to keep straight.
"You can't prepare for it and it's quite unnerving because Tom had never done anything like that before, the stunt team had never done it", she adds, "so it was unbelievable to go into an action sequence with the biggest action star in the world and for him to do it for the first time with me". The only character who has some sort of arc going is Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), but her main goal is to just have sex with Tom Cruise's Nick Morton (it doesn't bode well when the first word used to describe her is "beautiful").
Even with its conflicting tonality, The Mummy still works as an epic action, adventure movie. Let the Monster Maniacs know what you think in the comment section below. The rest of the action, even a highly touted airplane-crash stunt that Cruise insisted on performing himself, is mediocre, and without a truly threatening villain, none of it feels particularly consequential.