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Flawed, but entertaining nonetheless
I am a huge fan of the mummy series and was generally excited for the release of the new film, especially when I found out Rob Cohen would take a stab at it, and, with the writers of "Spider-Man 2", I thought there was no way for this film to be bad.How quickly my thoughts were changed. The one drastic change was the obvious shift from Egypt to China. Second, a young all American cast had been assembled and the fact that sommers had not returned. Throughout the film, I found my self staring in disbelief at how bad this film was as compared to the first two. There were more sex jokes than the last, the various monsters were stupid (I get the whole "turn into a dragon thing, but how do you turn into something that looks like it crawled out of where the wild things are?) Also, the film completely changed Rick O'Connell. In the first two, he was darker, mysterious and still bad ass. In this film, he is arrogant, joking and playful. However, on a more positive note, the film did have some pretty solid action scenes (Defending the gateway scene is by far the coolest gun fight i've seen)and the SFX were amazing. The score, which was amazing in the first two, was completely lackluster. It made the film playful when at times it should have been darker.
Overall Consensus: The Mummy: Tomb of The Dragon Emperor is an entertaining romp that shows that you shouldn't change the formula that worked earlier in the series. Combined with awesome action sequences, amazing effects, also bringing in an annoying score and unneeded sex jokes, the film will only entertain you one time only. It's still mind boggling how an action director like Rob Cohen and the writers of "Spider-Man 2" combined to give us this unbalanced mummy film.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
I have seen the film twice in order to create a good, honest review of the film. If you want to avoid the analysis, skip to the overall consensus.
I found myself praying, just before the movie started, that it would not be a let down. Spider-Man is my hero and has never failed to entertain me. yes, I even loved the third one. I was pleasantly surprised at how drastic Marc Webb had changed it. Peter Parker, who is played by the talented Andrew Garfield, does an amazing job as peter parker. This peter is darker, smarter and edgier than the Peter we had seen by Tobey. Also, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, was the perfect choice. The scene that really defines the film, in my opinion, is the rooftop. When peter shoots the web at Gwen and pulls her to him, her exasperated look combined with James Horner's brilliant score made me tear up slightly. It was beautiful. The action scenes, even though they were scarce, were tantalizing. They were crisply shot and edited. The best fight in the film took place at Parker's School. Watching the fight was like watching a comic book page come to life right in front of you.
Overall Consensus: The Amazing Spider-Man is, by far, one of the best reboots Hollywood has churned during a time when the word reboot was almost a curse word. The film is thoughtful, engaging, dark and mysterious but will definitely leave you wanting more.
The Mummy Returns (2001)
One of the best sequels ever
I remember the day when i saw The Mummy (1999) and thought to myself, "this is a damn good movie! I'd love to see the sequel!" And, sure enough, the sequel was released just two days later. The opening of the film had already utilized many special effects including the Tower at Thebes and the two armies fighting till the death. Also, The Rock (even though his only line was in Ancient Egyptian) was still pretty solid. After an intense war scene, we finally arrive on the O'connells. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is now a family man. his son, Alex, shows as much strength and warmth that both Evy and Rick have. Throughout the film, the relationship within the family grew and amassed to that of an odd family. The film doesn't slow down yet, we are then treated to beautiful sets that have you believe they actually were in Egypt all those years ago. Also, Alan Silvestri has a truly magnificent score that is used to its fullest potential. The film takes us to Hamunaptra, where Imhotep is found inside of some cocoon like object. later, we are at the museum in a truly memorable fight sequence. There are also some nice scenes to look at, interesting dialogue. And, some AMAZING special effects.
Overall Consensus: The Mummy Returns is, without a doubt, the best Sequel ever made. It's fun, engaging, Beautifully shot/acted and will make the audience feel as if sand is between their toes, wanting to see more of the action.