Review – I think it is no surprise that I like a good action film. Add an exciting premise, and compelling characters and I am there for the ride. Well, I have not seen a compelling action film since I went into lockdown, but I am glad to say this all changes today.
So to set the scene, we open in on Marrakesh, Morocco where a lady called Andy (Charlize Theron) walks through the market, stalked by someone on a motorcycle. Thankfully, it is was an old friend Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), who is here with the rest of the team with a proposition. A former CIA contact Copley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) needs some help, a group of school girls have were kidnapped in Juba, South Sudan and no one else can help but her and her team. In a surgical strike, they take out the camp where the girls are kept only to find it was all a setup. Gunned down in a hail of bullets, this should be the end, but moments later they wake up and catch the would-be murders in a storm of their own. At the same moment in Afghanistan, a marine Nile (KiKi Layne) is leading a search for a bomb maker when she is stabbed only to wake up without a scratch.
TL;DR – It is a good, sometimes great film, but it does fall into some of the same traps as other Disney classic remakes of recent years.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is midish-credit dance number scene
I’m not sure if I have ever been so apprehensive walking into a film before. For
me, the original Aladdin holds a special
place in my heart and without a doubt, it is my favourite from the entirety of
the Disney Renaissance. However, this
more than any of the recent remakes have had a very rocky history with its
promotion misfires on top of the simple worries of how does an Aladdin film without Robin Williams?
Well, some of those fears were put aside in the first couple of minutes of the
films, others not so much.
So to set the scene, we open in on Aladdin (Mena Massoud) who is walking
through the streets of Agrabah with his monkey companion Apu (Frank Welker). He
is an orphan, or street urchin, or as the guards call him a street rat. He lives
by stealing from others and then surviving off the small returns. But this is
not your every day, because someone new is in the markets, someone who clearly
does not belong, Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) in disguise. One musical number
later and all is right in the world, however, The Sultan’s (Navid Negahban)
Grand Vizier (Marwan Kenzari) has other plans, for he is searching for the ‘diamond
in the rough’ and his macaw Iago (Alan Tudyk) might have just found it.
TL;DR – This is a good start for the Dark Universe and I really enjoyed it, but there were just a couple of things that needed to be worked on that held it back a bit
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
P.S. – There is NO end credit scene
Now from the start, I have to say I do have a lot of love for the 1999 Brendan Fraser Mummy film, I mean I even like its only follow up The Mummy Returns because they were wonderful camp fun with a horror veneer. Indeed I will always remember the first time I saw The Mummy as a kid, it was at a friend’s place and there was a whole lot of people crowded around the TV and VCR and someone was passing around cups of tea when the mummy awoke and it scared them so much tea went everywhere. So whether I like it or not, I’m going to bring those memories and that nostalgic feeling with me when I go see The Mummy because it has to hold up to the ones that came before and for the most part I think that it does. So today we will breaking down how well The Mummy does as a standalone film, how well it does as the starting point for the Dark Universe, and also look at some areas where the film needed improvement.