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Posted on 7/27/09 03:26 PM
It doesn?t get much more fun than ?The Mummy?. It has all the ingredients that are necessary for a good time. It?s a summer blockbuster with an A list cast, a big budget, and a fun story.
This movies cast is perfect. Evie, the central female character is a librarian who has an eye for artifacts and history, who is also very quirky and a bit clumsy. Evie is portrayed by Rachel Weis, who?s eyes, her accent and her natural charisma are perfectly suited for the role. At all times she says her lines with complete confidence, which is perfect because as a librarian one would expect Evie to be intelligent, and Rachel definitely makes it seem that way. She can also be very charming in scenes like when she?s reading on the boat while brushing her hair, or when she gets drunk after finding artifacts.
Brendan Fraser is not the ideal actor for this kind of film. He is not an action star. He?s no Schwarzenegger. He?s no Bruce Willis, and he?s certainly no Steven Seagal(he?s much better). In a role more suited for one of the previous mentioned actors, Brendan Fraser delivers it in spades. There isn?t a point in the movie when he looks out of place. He plays his character Rick O?Connell perfectly. He always looks determined to win and has complete confidence in himself to accomplish his task, except when the Mummy wakes up. It really shows Brendan Frasers diversity as an actor, as its completely different role from his previous hits like ?Gods and Monsters?, and ?George of the Jungle?.
I?d also like to mention that Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weis have very good chemistry together, and work well on screen. It?s a shame that Rachel didn?t decide to come back to the franchise for the 3rd one, although I haven?t seen it yet, so I can?t comment on her replacement.
John Hannah and Arnold Voloso are also very well cast. Johnathan is the awkward funny guy that you hate to have mooching off of you, and John Hannah makes the character very likable. Arnold Voloso just has the look that screams bad guy. He?s sinister smile, and his creepy eyes really help to bring Imoteps character alive.
The visual effects for the film are bloody awesome. I could barely tell that the citys were CGI?d or not, and the mummys look great. The coolest parts are when Imotep comes to life and theres meteors all over the city, as well as the sandstorm scene. Stephen Sommers is a director who knows how to use his effects to make a good time. His absence is another reason as to why I have yet to see the 3rd Mummy film.
The cast, effects, the locations and the pace of the film make for the perfect popcorn flick, that?s always a blast to watch and has aged gracefully.