Much like Branden Fraser's original Mummy, this film is more enjoyable, more inventive, and more fun than it has any right to be. Hell, I'd go so far as to say it's actually good. Sadly, most of the good will this film won over from fans was quickly erased with ever more outlandish and ridiculous sequels. That being said, more than a decade on from its original release date, this film still entertains, charms and thrills.
What works so well…
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…