After a lot of negative reviews by press and audiences alike, The Mummy is set to be one of the big flops of 2017. This is where they went wrong.
The biggest problem with Tom Cruise’s The Mummy starts on the front page of the script. The title instantly references the goofy, fun action flick from ’99, and with that you expect to experience that nostalgia from (the target audience’s) childhood in the “remake”. Disappointment hence follows when the similarities between the two films just about ends there.
It was a poor marketing idea to call the film The Mummy to begin with when it bares very little resemblance to the original. Poorer still to actually call it a remake and instantly have people trying to make connections and comparisons between the two.
Universal have done themselves a horrible disservice by trying to connect these two films when in all honesty the film’s failure was most likely highly attributed to this reason.
Take that link away and you get what do you get?
The Mummy could have been a successful action/horror starring an A-lister, with franchise potential. While the film may have had some weak points and unnecessary reveals, it was still a solid story and built a foundation for a supernatural world we can feel a part of.
Taking itself a little to seriously at times, The Mummy tried its best to be a semi-serious action film set in a world of evil. Unfortunately the much needed comic relief was sparing and a much lighter overall tone would have been most welcome.
While Universal may think they have struck a chord by casting two good-looking leading ladies, they truly missed the mark. The evil Egyptian princess barley spoke (in English) and the Blonde sidekick proved to fall right into the useless damsel in distress category with about as much personality as a wet blanket.
There was a lot of potential in The Mummy. It would have been great to explore the characters further and the world of evil surrounding them. Tom Cruise wasn’t a convincing thief and the wooden Annabelle Wallis served very little purpose other than translator.
I wanted to like this movie so badly, but every direction they took was the wrong one and they ended up getting lost amongst trying to make a film vs trying to make a remake.