The Mummy

 
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The Mummy is a terrible movie in a multitude of ways.”


Title: The Mummy
Director: Alex Kurtzman 👨🏼🇺🇸
Writers: Story by Jon Spaihts 👨🏼🇺🇸, Alex Kurtzman 👨🏼🇺🇸, and Jenny Lumet 👩🏽🇺🇸, and screenplay by David Koepp 👨🏼🇺🇸, Christopher McQuarrie 👨🏼🇺🇸, and Dylan Kussman 👨🏼🇺🇸

Reviewed by Li 👩🏻🇺🇸

Technical: 1.5/5

The Mummy is a mess. It’s confused about its genre; it’s confused about what tone to strike; and it’s completely confused about why it exists, other than to establish a knockoff Marvel Cinematic Universe in the hopes of producing the next cash cow. The outcome of this picked-apart, corporate project? It’s BORING. The only reason to give it above a flatline score on technical merit is my continued love of Sofia Boutella (who plays Ahmanet, the mummy) despite her perpetually flat characters, as well as some cool visual effects.

Gender: 1/5
Does it pass the Bechdel TestNOPE

Prior to watching the film I’d hoped that Ahmanet would play a large role, considering how the film is named after her and plastered her across all its marketing materials. Unfortunately, she’s a “lead” in name only. Ahmanet is utterly contrived; she’s a sexy murderess who spends her backstory flashbacks writhing on her ancient Egyptian lover, while spending her afterlife in strategically-placed bandages. She also spends much of the film trussed up in bondage-type chains at the mercy of Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe) which, ew.

 
 

The other female character is almost purposefully retrograde. Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) is a forgettable blonde who stumbles into trope after trope—she’s an archaeologist but is effectively a long-suffering mother figure to the male lead; she literally needs to be saved by Morton in the third act; and of course, she has a prior sexual history with him, because why include a female character otherwise?

 
 

Race: 2.5/5

Not happy about the first death being a black guy, because seriously, Movie, learn your tropes. That said, a handful of non-white characters fill the supporting ranks, mainly of black or mixed-race white and Middle Eastern descent. This category also gets a bump by having Jenny Lumet as part of the writing team, who is biracial black and white. And of course, you can't ignore the film’s casting of Boutella in a major role—Boutella is biracial Algerian and French. 

At the end of the day, however, the hero is a straight white male who gets paired with a white woman with a posh English accent as the romantic interest. Like the film itself, nothing about its approach to race is interesting or new.

Mediaversity Grade: F 1.67/5

The Mummy is a terrible movie in a multitude of ways, including dated views on women, people of color, and the continued erasure of LGBTQ or other marginalized groups from the silver screen.

Grade: FLiFemale Creator