The Dark Universe reboot of The Mummy recently debuted to lackluster reception from both critics and audiences. Now insiders are pointing fingers at who's to blame, singling out Tom Cruise for micromanaging the film's production.
So now is the perfect time to look back at the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies and try to figure out what they got right in comparison. Even the second film, The Mummy Returns, suddenly looks so much better in retrospect.
The Balance Of Comedy And Horror
One big reason the Brendan Fraser films kept audiences entertained was the creative humor. They are fun to watch. Unlike Tom Cruise's new movie, Fraser's #TheMummy and #TheMummyReturns don’t take themselves too seriously.
Sure, you have many horror elements, but the comedic timing is what makes them highly re-watchable. For example, in the first film, it was hilarious to watch Fraser's Rick O’Connell banter back and forth with Beni Gabor (Kevin J. O’Connor) such as when he decides to throw Beni off the boat. Or when Beni thinks he's outmaneuvered O’Connell but instead finds himself on the wrong side of the river:
The Double-Decker Bus Scene
This tremendous action scene is easily one of the best parts of the film. O’Connell has fought these mummies before, and he lets the audience and those around him know it as he voices his displeasure. When Imhotep is revived once again, Imhotep sends out his personal guards to destroy O’Connell and his crew once and for all.
Not enthused in the least, O’Connell states “Oh no not these guys again.” It’s a nice little quip for those who really enjoyed the first film. Rick also states how much he despises mummies right before the battle on the bus.
It's A Great Popcorn Flick
While it’s not nearly as good as the first film, The Mummy Returns is a decent sequel that will have you thoroughly entertained. Though the film is regarded as having one of the absolute worst CGI creations in all of cinema, it's still a great popcorn flick — unlike Tom Cruise's The Mummy, it's never tedious. It’s truly the characters that keep audiences coming back for more.
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