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Movie Review: “The Mummy” is a Mediocre Summer Blockbuster

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Just a heads up, this is NOT a reboot of the “The Mummy”(1999) film starring Brendan Fraser. Universal Pictures has relaunched classic monster movie characters as part of the Dark Universe franchise, beginning with “The Mummy” (2017).

Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, a US soldier in Iraq who in his free time steals priceless antiquities with his reluctant partner in crime, Chris Vail (Jake Johnson).

During one of their “hunts for gold”, the two men and archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) stumble upon the remains of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who was entombed for eternity after her treacherous acts of evil five thousand years ago. By uncovering her remains they have also awakened her spirit, allowing Ahmanet to finally finish out her plan to rule the world.

Okay, so the plot is pretty thin and hardly original, but the movie does have it’s entertaining moments thanks to Cruise and Johnson’s comic relief and the constant action-packed sequences.

The film also eases us into another Dark Universe character, Dr. Henry Jekyll, adequately played by Russell Crowe. Though his character was there to study Ahmanet, and be another obstacle for Nick and his quest to escape the supernatural madness, somehow Dr. Jekyll felt forced in this story. However, the possibility for an interesting Dr. Jekyll is there and I’m looking forward to seeing Crowe as the lead in a Jekyll and Hyde origin film.

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“The Mummy” as a whole isn’t much to brag about. The entire cast does a decent job, and the story is very basic. What we currently have here is an average, but fun fantasy adventure that has gotten the ball rolling on what is suppose to compete against Marvel and DC movies. Luckily, “The Mummy” has set the bar real low for the future Dark Universe films.

This film will probably get a lot of negative reaction as it brings nothing fresh beyond some jokes and cool CGI. Yet, I can’t help but see potential in what’s to come. Once the franchise finds its footing and brings this world together in a more natural way, it could be something special? Or maybe I’m just being optimistic, who knows!

In a summer filled with anticipated blockbusters it’s hard to say that “The Mummy” will rise above movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” or “Wonder Woman”. However, if you’ve already seen those two films and you’re looking for a quick thrill to satisfy you in theaters till “Spider-man: Homecoming” comes out, then “The Mummy” is worth a few bucks.

Rating: 3/5

“The Mummy” opens in theaters June 9.

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Interview: Elijah Wood & Rose Leslie talk “The Last Witch Hunter”

I sat down with two of the stars of the latest fantasy, adventure, The Last Witch Hunter. Elijah Wood and Rose Leslie discussed the greatest part of getting to grow old, memories they would want to relive, whose dream they want to dream walk into, and more!

The Last Witch Hunter opens in theaters October 23.

“The Last Witch Hunter” Interview with Elijah Wood & Rose Leslie

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

There’s action, there’s romance, and best of all there’s ELVES in the anticipated Hobbit sequel.  Now if only the film could have been one hour shorter, we might have had a consistently enjoyable adventure.

Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and his dwarf companions pick up right where they left off in the last film.  They continue their journey to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug the dragon(Voice by Benedict Cumberbatch) .   During this part of their quest there is more excitement and a bit more obstacles that occur.  Including giant spiders, imprisonment by elves (which brings us familiar faces), and a hefty amount of fish!  All while, Bilbo is still in secret possession of the mysterious and magical ring.

The Desolation of Smaug is far more thrilling than the last film.  There is much more action, better visual effects, more interesting sub plots, and of course there are elves in this film.  The only race that knows how to kick ass!  The first appearance of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) returning to the big screen caused applause in the entire theater.   And toward the end of the film, I wanted to applaud for any appearance of those smooth, deadly archery skills.  I wish the primary focus of this movie was the elves.  There was never a dull moment when they were on screen.  And I must say, Evangaline Lilly fit in perfectly with the Elven clan as the heroic Tauriel, who will seemingly be caught in an interesting love triangle.

The reason I didn’t absolutely love this film is not because it was 2 hours and 41 minutes.   Please, almost half the Oscar contenders I watch are that long.  It is because it felt like 2 hours and 41 minutes.  I can deal with a long movie that has a purpose for every scene, and needs to be almost 3 hours long to convey all the important details.  What I can not handle is unnecessary and dragged out scenes that make you loose the escape that a film like The Hobbit usually creates for its audiences.

Regardless of the irritating lag times throughout the film,  Lord of the Ring fans will still be pleased with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  And Peter Jackson leaves the audience with a hell of a cliff-hanger that will guarantee another box office hit for his future installment.

Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is in theaters now!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Official Trailer HD