The Mummy (2017)

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When I first heard about The Mummy, I thought ‘Oh dear, another remake of a classic!’.  This is not a remake of the 1999 film by any means so if you were expecting a family film you’ll be disappointed.

Tom Cruise plays the lead role of Nick Morton in this film and let’s face it he can do action roles pretty well… Unlike Wonder Woman I do have some complaints with the characters in this film.  Firstly, Jake Johnson’s character Chris Vail is that ‘funny guy’ that in my opinion after the first half of the film you just don’t need and seems to just get in the way (a lot). Don’t get me wrong, I like humor in an action film like most people but it just didn’t seem to work well in this one.  Then we have the Gladiator himself, Russell Crowe as Mr Jekyll and of course Mr Hyde.  His portrayal of this iconic character isn’t terrible but it isn’t brilliant either, I feel that Hyde could have been a lot better, I personally don’t understand how a cockney accent can make you more dangerous… I will be back to this in a future post as, after watching this film and being introduced into ‘The Dark Universe’ I really want to look more into actors that are being looked at or already now cast as other legendary ‘monster’ roles.  I do have to say though, Sofia Boutella plays Princess Ahmanet aka The Mummy, very well.  She’s very good at making you almost feel sympathy for her character but at the same time she’s just pure evil.

So, the story of the film is a princess that is set to rule has a baby brother and even though she is older and has trained to rule her whole life because he is a boy he will inherit everything. She makes a deal with the god of death and becomes an evil all-powerful ‘monster’ however, she is stopped and mummified alive then buried far from Egypt and erased from history. Then Nick Morton and co. discover her tomb/prison and he cleverly sets her free… Cue the curses and sandstorms and of course lots of scarabs (and spiders). The effects were pretty decent, clearly a big budget as with most Tom Cruise films.  The ending is the best part in my opinion and is something different which I liked.

Overall it’s a good watch, there’s not a lot you can do with The Mummy that hasn’t been done before but this film does try to give you something new with the Prodigium organisation which I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more of.

Perfect Popcorn Score – I’m giving it a strong seven, plenty of action and a good and interesting ending however, it could have had more of a scare factor in my opinion 7/10. 

Universals ‘Dark Universe’

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So as Disney obtained Marvel back in 2009 and in that same year Warner Bros. made a deal with DC Comics, we now have Universal Studios’ Dark Universe.

This Dark Universe will see those classic ‘Monsters’ brought to life again.  I’m a massive fan of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy and many other of the classic horror films and novels however, have they been done to death

We’ve seen these classics grace our screens in both film and television many times over the years so I’m curious to see what Universal is going to do different…  Just to make you all aware they’re not counting the 2014 film Dracula’s Untold.  The Mummy, will be the first film set in this universe and I will be seeing it and reviewing it very soon.

A cross over of these stories has only recently been done with Penny Dreadful, it started so promising yet, the ending in my opinion lacked sense. It didn’t tie up all of the loose ends sadly… Perhaps The Dark Universe will be better?

What we know so far… 

  • The Mummy will be the first in the series of films and it will also feature the character Dr Jekyll, portrayed by Russell Crowe.
  • Dr Jekyll will be part of an organisation called ‘Prodigium’, their mission is too track, study and if necessary destroy evil ‘monsters’.
  • The next film in the series will be ‘Bride of Frankenstein’, set for release around the 14th of February 2019.
  • Johnny Depp is interested in playing the part of The Invisible Man 
  • Javier Bardem has been cast to play Frankenstein. 
  • There has been no mention of The Wolfman in any of the interviews or articles relating to The Dark Universe. 
  • Nowhere has it mentioned Hammer Studios, the origin of these classics, perhaps a deal has already been made?

Overall I’m looking forward too seeing what Universal and their Dark Universe has to offer us.  As mentioned earlier, I’ll be seeing The Mummy very soon so look out for a review in the near future.

Wonder Woman (2017)

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I first learned that a Wonder Woman film was in the works a good few years ago as Joss Whedon was originally down to direct however, walked away from the project.  As much as I love Whedon’s work and he’s proven he can direct a strong female character very well, as he does in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, I’m actually glad he walked away. I feel that this film needed that female director as the one thing I was hoping wouldn’t happen in this film, didn’t.  We see female characters, not just superheroes in films and they’re sexualised constantly.  I mean take the disaster that was ‘Catwoman’, Halle Berry is an award winning actress yet this film was just her prancing around in a barely there outfit! Wonder Woman, on the other hand is strong, fearless and although she’s beautiful, not at one point does she use this to her advantage in this film and I think it’s brilliant and why this film works so well.

Gal Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman in my opinion.  I first saw her portray this iconic character in ‘Batman Vs Superman’ and she was the best thing about that film. Gal does all her own stunts, although during this film she was five months pregnant so I’m not sure if she did everything stunt wise for this film which is understandable.

Wonder Woman goes back to the events before ‘Batman Vs Superman’ and tells the origin story of Diana ‘Prince’.  We first see a young Princess Diana, a curious and stubborn child that just wants to train with the other Amazonian women however, her mother forbids her.  Luckily for Diana, the General has other ideas and agrees and trains to fight…

We learn that she is not like the other women on the island and seems to have some sort of mystical power, there is a lot of whispering going on and hints that there is more to Diana than meets the eye.

Throughout the film Diana learns what man-kind is like and meets some interesting characters along the way.  Chris Pine’s character Steve Trevor is brilliant, he’s the perfect companion for her.  He has his own story to tell and reasons for his actions and you learn this throughout the film. I really liked how although you know they develop feelings for each other, this doesn’t distract you from the main plot of the film and become one of those ‘action rom-coms’.  I think this film was cast perfectly, I have no complaints about any of the characters as everyone fits in the film and has their own part to play.  You feel different things towards these characters, although it’s Wonder Woman she doesn’t steal all of the screen time in my opinion which is refreshing for this kind of film.

The effects were perfect, I’m assuming this film had a massive budget though but it was money well spent. The iconic Wonder Woman costume is flawless, so much less ‘cheesy’ than previous ones and I feel this adds to the authenticity of the film.

Overall I personally this this movie stands out as we live in a world where our comic-book heroes are coming to life on a regular basis in both film and television.  Wonder Woman is probably my favorite superhero film to date, move over Marvel, DC has done it with this film.

Perfect Popcorn Score – It’s got to be a ten, action, romance and a great story… Not to mention a catchy theme tune! 10/10.