Hey, here is a clever idea!
Take most of your classic monster characters and breath new life into them by targeting them to today’s millennial moviegoers.
Which is exactly what Universal Pictures has up its sleeve.
It’s called Universal’s universe of (their) monsters for modern audiences.
And they’ve got plenty of them.
From Dracula, Frankenstein and The Invisible Man—all Universal monster classics— foreshadowing possible 21st century resurrections.
Or as I like to think of them: Popcorn thrillers with classic roots.
Kicking off the renewed franchise Universal Studios pays homage to its original 1932 thriller THE MUMMY which starred Boris Karloff.
In this 2017 reincarnation, a U.S. Army soldier (of fortune) and his buddy accidentally awaken Princess Ahmanet who was buried alive in a stone coffin for crimes committed against her family in Egypt some 5,000 years earlier.
She’s played in rather bizarre fashion by Sofia Boutella who you may remember from THE KINGSMAN and STAR TREK BEYOND.
Welcome to a frightening NEW world of gods and monsters which now hits Tom Cruise and company in the worst imaginable ways.
From the sands of the dessert to modern day London, things go from bad to worse—only to encounter the slightly off-center goings on of eccentric Doctor Henry Jekyll and ultimately his alter-ego, Mr. Hyde.
Both are played by Russell Crowe.
Hmmmmm, now to connect the dots without losing his head in the process….that’s what’s going down here for Cruise.
So far, so good.
However it’s really not that good despite the heavy CGI effects-laden action.
The story line seems to go all over the place and I found myself not caring what happens—and to whom.
Mr. Cruise’ acting comes across as sub par as he seems to find himself in endless peril.
Frankly, I had expected more substance to this starter film in the series and felt the audience never really got into it either.
At the end of advance screenings there is either applause or silence depending, of course, on the film’s subject matter.
But there’s nothing worse than hearing just two or three people applauding at the end—-and that’s what happened at THE MUMMY.
Draw your own conclusions.
Brendan Fraser’s 1999 version all of a sudden doesn’t look so bad anymore…….
My grade: C
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings during Kansas City’s Morning News on 98.1 FM, KMBZ.