Movie #207 2021: The Mummy (1999)

No, modern classic The Mummy is not a horror movie. It’s not even a Halloween movie really. Mostly, it’s just a love story that happens to be based around some mystical, supernatural forces. But you know what? It’s called The Mummy and there are some oogedy boogedys in it so… it fits in with my Halloween theme just fine in my opinion.

So many people my age look back on this movie with fondness, but I’d never actually seen the whole thing from beginning to end before… until now. If, like me, you’re around the age of thirty and have never seen it either, then you won’t know that it’s set in modern day Egypt, in the ruins of ancient city Hamunaptra. Brendan Fraser plays dashing adventurer Rich O’Connell, who seeks to find hidden historical artefacts amongst the wreckage. With the help of librarian Evelyn (Rachel Weisz), a mysterious ancient evil is unleashed in the area, and it becomes apparent that they must do what they can do stop the evil Imhotep from destroying them all.

Firstly… Can someone please remind me why Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz aren’t married? It makes no sense to me. Their chemistry? Iconic.

Without further ado, this movie is completely frantic, messy and all over the place… and I loved that about it. So much of the plot is absurdly chaotic, and frenzied action descends on the viewer with such little warning, but to me, that’s what made it entertaining. Every single character makes terrible decisions and I’m here for it.

The Paradox of Rachel Weisz in 'The Mummy' – Film Daze

Visually, especially for a movie that was made in 1999, the CGI isn’t actually half bad and the film’s high standard of production values mostly hold up well even to this day. Yes, it’s all a little grimy and a bit dirty, but it all has this sort of nineties Indiana Jones vibe to it that you can’t deny is extremely charming. You know when a movie isn’t technically good but it’s so entertaining that you don’t care? Yeah, that. That’s what this movie has.

On the other hand, my main issue with The Mummy is it’s length in all honesty. It’s really easy to lose interest in parts just because of how long-winded it is. However, Fraser and Weisz pack enough charisma into their performances that you actually care what happens to them in the end. So despite my attention wavering here and there, the conclusion is satisfying enough that it all comes full circle in the end. Plus, unlike many other movies, you don’t really have to hang onto every single word to still understand what’s going on. Therefore – for quite a long movie – it makes for pretty easy watching.

All in all, it’s clear to see why people of my age specifically have a nostalgic love for this movie. It’s consistently ridiculous, but mostly good fun, so who cares about what it does or doesn’t achieve? When it comes down to it, there are worse ways to spend an evening than watching Fraser and Weisz in all their glory.

The Mummy is available to stream on Sky Cinema and Now TV in the UK.

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Overall Enjoyability Rating: ½

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