When I first heard that a movie called The Mummy was coming out, I was appalled. Although I’m usually optimistic regarding potential remakes and reboots, a line must be drawn somewhere. Ready to loft my pitchfork, light my torch, and blast “The Mob Song” from Beauty and the Beast at the idea that anyone could remake the iconic 1999 Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz film, I sat down to watch the trailer. Two minutes and change later, I found myself confused rather than angry.
October is knocking ever harder on our doors with cold weather and an abundance of pumpkin flavored goodies, and I think we’re all well aware of what that means.
Okay, maybe not specifically that. However, though his filmography seems to argue otherwise, Tim Curry is one of the actors I most associate with this spooky time of year. Honestly, he’s the only one. Something about his presence seems to scream to me “Halloween”. As such, what better way to prepare myself for the oncoming slew of costumes and trick-or-treaters than to indulge in some movies starring my favorite stage ham? None. There is no better way.
I spoke briefly about Labyrinth during my last Fanfiction Friday, and how it’s one of the most important movies in my life. Perhaps it comes as no surprise, then, that I also have a sort of sweet nostalgia for Ridley Scott’s Legend. Having come into possession of the director’s cut, I was pleased to discover that Scott was finally able to “restore [his] original vision for the film” and that he now considers Legend complete. I haven’t watched this film for several years, and even then I watched the toned down for TV version, so I was pleased to finally have the opportunity to sit down and watch it in full. Was this fantastical love story, entwined between a battle for light and the ultimate darkness, as good as I remembered?
Who thinks Tom Cruise still has it in him to be an action star?
Not me! He’s never had that vibe about him to start with, and now it just seems like he’s trying too hard. He’s always struck me as a guy who should be doing rom coms and not action. I put Tom Cruise in the same category as Pierce Brosnan (if you aren’t up on your actor names, he was the previous James Bond). Granted, Brosnan’s singing was terrible in the Mamma Mia! movie, but it seemed like a better role for him acting-wise.
Also, is it me or does Morgan Freeman look really steampunk? I’m not sure he can rock that look, and there are very few things Morgan Freeman can’t rock. Round sunglasses just don’t look nice on his face; I think they confused Freeman with Laurence Fishburne.
I don’t think the plot looks too interesting either. It’s like a cross between The Matrix and Prometheus without the female characters. I got the vibe that we aren’t going to have strong female characters, which makes me sad. The two featured look like talking mouth-pieces.
Anyway, that seemed like a very stream-of-consciousness post. Who wants to go see this without me?