The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy – What starts off as a ‘silly set up’ kind of introduction, quickly settles into a film which doesn’t take itself seriously.

Tom Cruise walks a thin line between trying to find a treasure and do the right thing. His non chalant behaviour provides unexpected humour, and so does his friend Jake Johnson.

The Mummy is played by Sofia Boutella, and very convincingly so. She is every bit an outworldly creature who was a stunning beauty and turns unforgivingly evil.

Russell Crowe is wasted in a role which will clearly be back for the sequel. It’s an interesting take on an old villian which becomes apparent quite quickly. Annabelle Wallis plays the defiant Jenny, the convenient plot point who drives the narrative.

It wasn’t a patch on the old ones, neither did it claim to be. It was set in London city with different parameters and did ok because it could laugh at itself. A Sequel is definitely on the cards.

2/5

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Noah (2014)

If you are expecting to see Noah build an arc where animals walk single file into it, in neat pairs, this is not for you. The film tells us precisely what it calls itself; its all about Noah. Earlier depictions of this film have been pretty safe and by the book. Here of course, cinematic liberties have been taken, to show you the inner turmoil and moral dilemma that Noah faced.

I have maintained time and again that 3D shouldn’t be used if its not required. In a film like this which was mainly over cast, stormy and rainy, it surely wasn’t. There were tough questions which were asked of Noah and his family, sacrifices for the rest of humanity, doubts about how mankind would survive and repopulate the earth. If those questions are seen from the perspective of a single family handed a task to save creation, than this film has come close to showing us what it could have been.

The cast was impressive, with Russell Crowe and Emma Watson being the highlights. Jennifer Connelly has one hard-hitting scene, besides being the strong female figure throughout the film. The length and costumes were perhaps the biggest drawbacks of this film, besides the 3D.

Director Darren Aronofsky has tried a different approach to say his story and has partially succeeded.

2/5

Man of Steel (2013)

A character created in 1933, is still going strong 80 years later. In this reboot, we see the story of Superman told with rich visual detail from his birth till date. His journey from Krypton to Earth, and most importantly the rationale for that, is well developed. The motive of those who oppose Superman, or rather, what he and his Krypton family stand for, is also appropriate.

The visual effects of the film tend to get too dramatic. Though they are of superb quality and precision, it gets a little draining for the viewer to take in all the 3D detail. The sequences which we see remind us of a lot of films in the past, and though they have achieved a good mix of all of them, it is still too much to digest.

The film tends to unfold like a video game at points, but that is not its only flaw. While the world is at stake, it seems the action is between Superman, the Daily Planet, the American Army vs. the Krypton Army. Its over simplified for an issue which threatens the genocide of the entire planet.

Henry Cavill fits the part of Superman very well, and so do the other artists who play his younger selves. His form gives him a real quality one can aspire towards, rather than an unreal super hero. Russel Crowe as his father, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner & Diane Lane as his Earth parents, all lend credibility to roles and also support a younger actor like Henry. This was probably missing from the earlier ‘Superman Returns’ starring Brandon Routh.

The action and the slow drama scenes were entertaining but the film as a whole leaves you wanting the same dish served differently. It could have worked better if it was of shorter length, and not too over simplistic. Its strength was the flashbacks which kept us informed of the development of Superman.

It is a Summer special effects bonanza with the Nolan, Snyder and Zimmer names attached to it.

2.5/5