Director: Stephen SommersWriters: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin JarreStaring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold VoslooStreaming: HBO MAXRelease Date: May 7, 1999 The Mummy is an absolute delight. This is […]
Director: Stephen Sommers
Writers: Stephen Sommers, Lloyd Fonvielle, Kevin Jarre
Staring: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo
Streaming: HBO MAX
Release Date: May 7, 1999
The Mummy is an absolute delight. This is a summer blockbuster action movie. This is what movies should strive to be.
The comedy in The Mummy is more uproarious than I remembered my first time watching it. John Hannah as Jonathan is wonderfully blissfully ignorant of everything around him, and Brandon Fraser is working his facial expressions on a Jim Carey level. Also, a quote that I will be using now in my every day life is when Rick O’Connell yells at Beni (Kevin J. O’Connor) “LOOKS TO ME LIKE YOU ARE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE RIVER!”
On a personal note, I have always been a fan of Rachel Weisz and it may have started with The Mummy. I have to believe that her character of Evelyn Carnahan is based heavily off of Marion (Karen Allen) of Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981). A beautiful adventurous women who may be a bit in over her head but uses her smarts to succeed, all with a bit of spunk. I mean Marion is captured by the bad guys, and so is Evelyn.
The best think to say about The Mummy is that it is a high-brow comfort movie. It made me want to watch the sequel right away.
- Fun fact, The Mummy was nominated for one Oscar: Best Sound.
- Stephen Somers has had a directing down turn from this movie…The Mummy is the best movie he did, and since then the only two movies I’d rewatch are The Mummy Returns (2001) and Van Helsing (2004). I know that Van Helsing is not a good movie, but it is entertaining as heck.
- I completely forgot about the Americans that O’Connoll and crew were racing against and eventually kind of working with. Just slipped my mind until this rewatch.
- The heat check award for this movie has to go to Omid Djalili as Warden Gad Hassan. He was very funny in his short screen time. The scene of him getting casually teased by O’Connell with the whip had me chuckling.
Stanko Rating: B+ (4.0/5 Stars)