Patricia velasquez as anck su namun

Tightly written & perfectly cast, this goofy late-90s horror-comedy about an Egyptian curse is the perfect comfort watch

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‘An absolute joy’: John Hannah, Rachel Weisz & Brendan Fraser in The Mummy. Photograph: Universal
‘An absolute joy’: John Hannah, Rachel Weisz & Brendan Fraser in The Mummy. Photograph: Universal

I love The Mummy. In a pinch, I’m pretty sure I could cthua thảm my eyes, clear my mind và play the entire movie in my head from start to lớn finish. I’ve watched it that many times.

It started when I was 10, when my family all crowded inlớn my grandfather’s apartment to lớn watch the then new-ish movie on VCD. There were murders, dead bodies coming back to life, và a quái dị that could comm& sand into lớn a huge version of its own face, big enough lớn swallow a plane! It was absolutely terrifying. I couldn’t wait khổng lồ watch it again, & it’s been basically playing on loop, in the background of my life, ever since.

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The plot of this 1999 film is pretty straightforward. In ancient times, the high priest Imhotep & the Pharaoh’s mibức xúc Anck-Su-Namun fall in love. When their affair is discovered, they murder the pharaoh. Anck-Su-Namun immediately takes her own life, with the knowledge that Imhotep will bring her bachồng from the dead. However, before he can, he is put khổng lồ death and buried with a curse: that if anyone should dare release hlặng, he’ll come back as an all-powerful mummy. Fast forward lớn Egypt in the 1920s, where archaeological digs are all the rage after the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb … you can see where this is going.

The cinematic result is an absolute joy. While technically it is a remake of a 1932 movie of the same name from Karl Freund, the director behind the classic Dracula with Bela Lugoham, The Mummy of 1999 is very much its own thing: comedy & horror and adventure all perfectly balanced.

Brendan Fraser, as rakish American adventurer Riông xã O’Connell, swings seamlessly from action nhân vật khổng lồ comic lead. He teams up with librarian & Egypt obsessive Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) và her rash and impulsive brother Jonathan (John Hannah) lớn discover the lost city of the dead, Hamunaptra, và the riches supposedly contained within. The three of them spend the film getting inlớn supernatural scrapes, fighting baddies both living & dead, & bouncing one-liners off each other comfortably và continuously. Arnold Vosloo plays the titular Mummy as both sinister & tragic without ever undermining the humour of the film.

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Brendan Fraser as the rakish adventurer Riông xã O’Connell và Arnold Vosloo as the titular Mummy. Photograph: Keith Hamshere/APThe older I get, the more I realise that they captured lightning in a bottle with this film và, to lớn almost the same degree, with its sequel The Mummy Returns. It’s tightly written, perfectly cast and as they walk the difficult line between horror and goofy comedy, somehow everyone is tonally on the same page. Never is the rare collision of good luck and skill in The Mummy more apparent than when you encounter the abject failure of the third film in the franchise, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. It has a good concept in theory and most of the core cast are in it, doing their best. And yet, remove Weisz, amplify the role of the annoying son and throw in a couple of yetis (if only I were joking), & the magic is gone. Not even Michelle Yeoh can save it. It’s abominable. Leave sầu it out of the rewatch cycle. Pretover it doesn’t exist.

The thing about seeing the same film so many times starting from the age of 10 is that it has grown up with me. I don’t just love sầu The Mummy for the nostalgia of it all – it’s an objectively good film – but memories of the different times I’ve watched it vày run lượt thích a golden thread through my life. I’m 10 watching it with my extended family. I’m 14 và it’s playing on the TV of my friend’s living room as she, her mum & I drink milkshakes, và over time, that afternoon comes to live sầu in my mind as a representation of all school summer holidays. I’m 17 & putting the DVD of The Mummy Returns into the player và my father asks what movie it is. I tell him it’s the sequel lớn The Mummy. “Then shouldn’t it be called ...The Daddy?” he replies with a laugh.

The Mummy is the perfect rewatch movie – both for the comfort in its familiarity & in the new details you appreciate on each viewing, even the 100th. Horror gives way to lớn humour. Different jokes become more or less funny. Villains become less blaông chồng và White. I’m going to lớn be watching this movie for the rest of my life.

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