I haven’t been enjoying the cinema very much lately. I keep getting hit with mild vertigo every time I go. I think I’m overpowered by all the fragrances and aftershave that people seem to douse themselves with before they head to the multiplex, and well, I’m sensitive.
Yet I have bravely fought on, just like the wondrous Diana of Themyscira charging across No Man’s Land into enemy fire. (OK slight exaggeration.)
I realise everything has already been said about Woman Woman so I’ll keep it very brief: It’s a really good superhero movie. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine are great (all the cast are), and I thought the decision to shift the backdrop to WWI worked really well.
Well done DCEU, I always knew you had it in you.
The Mummy was… a different experience.
The Tom Cruise-starrer kicks off Universal’s Dark Universe thing but hasn’t done too well. Ultimately I think there just wasn’t any appetite for another Mummy. It needed to be exceptionally good and have amazing word of mouth to entice people.
My first surprise was that it was a 15 certificate, although as the movie progressed I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t a 12A. It starts off a bit creepy and intriguing, with Russell Crowe in the modern day finding some crypt, then a load of exposition involving Ancient Egypt and a curse, before we’re back to the present where tomb raider Tom Cruise triggers said curse.
I would make a crack about Cruise being too old for his action hero thing, but a load of fifty-somethings (and one seventy-year-old) totally crushed me at running 5k (3.1 miles) last week, so actually I’ll just keep my mouth shut on that score.
Chris Martin’s girlfriend is also in the movie as a… I can’t really remember. Archaeologist who has an affair with Cruise. Blonde hair?
I felt sorry for the actress Sofia Boutella because her Mummy is an interesting idea. Ahmanet is an Egyptian princess who got royally screwed over and then makes bad choices by entering into a pact with the evil god Set. She is way scarier than campy old Imhotep. (Weird thing, there was a guy who looked just like that crazy high priest right behind me.)
It’s a heavy, oppressive summer blockbuster, with out-of-control sound levels, but there is a good movie in there – perhaps it was the rumoured troubled production. Keep going Universal, you’ll get your Wonder Woman.