I guess I'm more excited now? I don't know, as a brainless action movie, The Mummy looks fine enough. As a start to a new world of Universal Monsters? Not so much. Kurtzman in the director's chair doesn't inspire much confidence, and neither does the weird tonal clash that is constantly on display in this trailer. The Mummy looks like a bizarre mix of swashbuckling, Indiana Jones-style adventure, macabre horror, and Mission: Impossible-like action, but the common thread is that none of it looks particularly fun. The technical aspects are proficient and strong, and yet I just don't know if I'll care about another movie where a monster tries to destroy the world. As we've learned from the DC Extended Universe, grim and dark isn't necessarily better. If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's that you can never count Tom Cruise out, as he consistently manages to turn mediocre concepts into spectacular movies. And I'll be honest, the appearance of Jake Johnson is giving me some serious Jurassic World flashbacks. But at this pace, The Mummy is going to be one of the more forgettable movies of the summer. I'll hope for the best, but I'm going to be very skeptical up until the end.
The Mummy storms into theaters on June 9.
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