Mummy, The [1999]

Universal
1999
PG-13

“It is better to be the right hand of the devil than in his path.”

In the 1920s, a group of archaeologists led by adventurer Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) discovers the mummified body of Imhotep, an Egyptian priest who was cursed for falling in love with the Pharoah’s mistress. When they accidentally resurrect him, the battle for survival begins, as the mummy begins to use his powers to reclaim his long-lost love.

You know, in the ever-growing list of remakes that seem to not be slowing down any time soon, it’s the 1999 remake of The Mummy starring Brendan Fraser that seems to get the majority of the hate.  Bring this up, and you get an earful of how they turned at classic Universal monster movie into a big action flick, having more to do with Raiders Of The Lost Ark than gothic horror; how the CG royally sucks; how the slapstick humor and the choice of Brendan Fraser as an action star is something akin to an abomination, and so forth and so on.

I don’t get it, really.  All of those points of hate on The Mummy are exactly why I enjoy this 1999 remake myself.  The period piece setting, the over-the-top action, the camp and slapstick humor…The Mummy is pure fantastic popcorn flick escapism, pure and simple.  Sure, the CG is laughably obvious at times, and the plot holes are gaping as well, but for completely mindless monster-riffic fun, I find myself rewatching 1999’s The Mummy more often than not.  Call it a guilty pleasure.  And I think we can all agree that, deep down whether we want to admit it or not, Brendan Fraser is great in this role.  He’s certainly been in worse flicks than this one.

If you asked me, I’m thinking that a lot of the trolling about The Mummy has partly due to fans of the original Boris Karloff classic.  Yeah, I’ve seen that movie (naturally), and I’m not saying either one is better than the other, mainly because they’re two very different kind of movies.  I’m going to take 1999’s The Mummy as its own thing, and give it three and one-half stars out of five.  Pop it in, turn off your brain, and enjoy.