Sahara – Review

I wasn’t sure what I was going to expect from this film. This hasn’t exactly been the best year for Netflix Original films but after being pretty underwhelmed by The Mummy I figured it was time to see if they’ve gotten any better, plus this one is animated.

Despite some decent visuals the film is mediocre. It’s a cliche “rescue the kidnapped love interest” movie and most of the movie is just the main snake being annoyed with the brother of the girl he likes constantly talking about his obsession with pollen.

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Most of the characters aren’t bad but they’re not paired off very well. I’d be fine with a movie about snake romance but they separate the main couple within a few minutes of having them meet each other and we’re instead stuck with the stoner snake for most of the movie. He is an annoying one joke character and that joke got old the first time it was made.

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I did watch this in English but I don’t think watching the original French audio would change much outside of some jokes being different. It’s a shame because if the film had focused on the romance it actually had the potential to be a cute movie.

The Mummy (2017) – Review

And so we get to the film I did this marathon to prepare for. Did the marathon bring something to this viewing I might not have had otherwise? Sure, I noticed the “buried alive” origin for the Mummy was the same as Imhotep’s and at one point the book from the first two Brendan Fraser films is used as a prop… that’s about it. As for my opinion on this film…

Eh, it’s not bad and is at least better than Tomb of the Dragon Emperor but it’s mediocre and one of the weaker films to come out this year. Most of the action scenes take place in the dark making them harder to see, the characters aren’t interesting and Universal’s attempts to cash in on the success of extended universe movies is painfully obvious from the moment they already have a name and logo for it before the movie even starts and force some S.H.I.E.L.D style organisation led by Dr. Jekyll into the story taking attention away from THE MUMMY.

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The funny thing is Tom Cruise was apparently one of the actors approached to play Rick O’Connell in the 1999 film and maybe if his character had been more like Rick the film could have been more enjoyable but his character mostly just reacts to things. Then you have Annabelle Wallis’ character who is just there to be a damsel in distress, except unlike in the 1932 and 1999 films there’s no actual reason for her to be one since it’s Tom Cruise’s character that is the sacrifice. Somehow a 2017 film has a worse damsel in distress than a 1932 film.

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I wasn’t expecting much from this but weirdly the biggest problem with this film isn’t how it compares to the older films or even other films from this year but the possibility of what it could have been with several of the same elements just presented better. That’s it for my Mummy marathon, maybe someday I’ll watch some of the other older movies like The Mummy’s Hand and its sequels as well as the Scorpion King spin-off series but for now I’ve seen enough Mummy movies.

The Mummy Returns > The Mummy (1999) > The Mummy (1932) > The Mummy (2017) > The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor – Review

So far I have been enjoying these movies. They’re not great and all of them are extremely dated but there’s something to enjoy in each of them. As underwhelmed by the 1932 film as I was I at least was able to appreciate the effects they were able to pull of at the time and Boris Karloff’s performance and the last two films were fun to watch.

This movie though, it was boring. None of the charm of the last two films is there and it doesn’t even have any mummies. Sure they keep referring to the undead in this film as mummies but that was clearly so that they can justify calling this The Mummy.

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A big part of why this film doesn’t work is that only two of the original actors return and the new cast just doesn’t feel like a family the way the old cast did in The Mummy Returns, which is bad when you consider a father and son bond is an important part of the plot. I get why Rachel Weisz didn’t return and appreciate the fact they didn’t just break Rick and Evy up but the new Evy is so dull. I don’t blame Maria Bello though, reading the Wikipedia page it’s mentioned that they intentionally made Evy “quite a different character”.

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This film came out the same year as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and as critical as people like to be of that movie it was a lot better at capturing the fun of this genre than this film and had a much better father and son story. I’m going to see the new reboot film later today, no idea what it will be like but hopefully it’ll at least be better than this.

The Mummy Returns – Review

The previous film was a fun movie that didn’t take itself very seriously. This movie is even more silly with CGI that has aged horribly and honestly those things make it even better.

This film takes everything that I enjoyed about the first film and pushes it to the extreme.  The comedy is funnier with two stand outs being someone calling a bunch of ancient Egyptian pottery rubbish because they were chipped and this scene. Yes the CGI looks terrible watching it now but in a way that is honestly nostalgic.

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The main cast all return only now the group have a stronger bond from the connections formed in the first movie. I like when sequels do this instead of the “these actors didn’t want to do it so the main couple broke up and no one keeps in touch anymore” type of sequel.

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So far this is the best Mummy movie and it’ll be hard for the next two to beat it, especially knowing most of the main cast aren’t back for the next one.

The Mummy (1999) – Review

I remember when this film and The Mummy Returns were new that they were pretty popular so even without the new film I’d probably have wound up watching this series at some point anyway.

This was a fun movie. I was concerned with some of the stereotypes at the start but was amused when it turned out that also applied to the American characters when a rival team of explorers is introduced and they’re all cowboys.

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I actually enjoyed this more than the original, mostly due to the living characters who have more personality here. I’m actually looking forward to seeing more from these characters in the next two films.

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More than the original Mummy the film series that you can clearly see was a big influence on this movie was Indiana Jones. If you like those movies you’ll probably enjoy this, it’s not as good as them but still a fun adventure film.

The Mummy (1932) – Review

So there’s that new Mummy movie coming out later this week. Figured this was probably a good time to watch the older Mummy movies in preparation. While Universal have made a fair amount of Mummy movies I decided to stick to the original, the Brendan Fraser films and the new movie.

It’s difficult to review much older films like this because it’s very much of its time. I’m not even talking about the limitations of film making either as I think the film does a good job with its effects. The issues tend to be just the way older stories were written and the way the world was at the time. I did like Boris Karloff’s performance, it’s what I expect helped this film to stand out and make the impact on future films.

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Overall though the film is just ok. I will admit this is mostly because of how much film making has grown since the 30s. The main reason I watched this is so I can appreciate the context of any references to it made by the rest of the films I’ll be watching this week.

Injustice 2 Gear Wishlist

Injustice 2 currently has an event where you can unlock a set of gear for Wonder Woman based on her new movie. I think this is a good way for them to add new costumes to the game and hope to be seeing more costumes soon. So here’s a few costume ideas I’d like.

Batman

While I have a long list of problems with Batman V Superman the Batman costume isn’t one of them. I consider it to be the best live action Batsuit and if they’re going to do a Justice League tie-in event I’d much rather they add this suit than the armour he’s apparently going to wear based on the Pop! figure. A second Batman costume idea I’d like is a Batman Beyond Premier Skin that adds not just the suit but Terry McGinnis himself with new dialogue.

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I might be in the minority here but I liked Superman’s costume more before they got rid of the red trunks. A classic costume would be great but my main hope is to have a Premier Skin that replaces the personality of the Injustice Superman with regular Superman, this is also why Superman from the Supergirl series is here since it makes more sense to do that with him (since he’d have a different voice actor).

Wonder Woman

Yes she’s already got her movie costume (which is her best costume in the game too) but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have Wonder Woman costumes I’d like to see added. I always liked her jacket from the Jim Lee design and since it was a DLC costume in the first Injustice it’s a always possibility. The other idea is from the newer animated movies, they’re less likely to get attention in this game though there is an advert for them inside the case.

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Of course since I was suggesting a Premier Skin for Superman it only makes sense that I’d want one for Supergirl too. I’m sure it can’t be too hard for them to get Melissa Benoist to record dialogue for the game and plus it’d be great seeing her meet characters she might not get a chance to meet in the show (like Batman). I also added New 52 Supergirl because I like her cape, I’m not even sure if this cape isn’t already in the game but if it isn’t they should add it.

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And if they do add CW Premier Skins they’ve got to have one for The Flash. I’d say he and Supergirl are the characters with the best chance of getting them. For the second costume it’s another Premier Skin but for Kid Flash, it doesn’t have to be the CW version but it’d still be great to have him.

Harley

The mobile version already has a Suicide Squad costume for Harley so it’s not that unlikely they’ll add it to the main game at some point. It’d also be nice to mix the parts of the costume I like with existing gear which from what I’m aware isn’t an option in the mobile version. For a second suggestion since I know the game already has gear based on her classic costume (even if I’ve had no luck unlocking it) her Arkham Knight costume would be a good choice.

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Speaking of Arkham Knight costumes how about one for Poison Ivy. Throw in her DCAU look too and maybe I’ll be able to make a costume similar to my own Ivy design.

Aquaman

Not a specific costume suggestion here, just one that gives Aquaman his beard.

Bane

This is another attempt to recreate one of my own designs but outside of that these are two of Bane’s most iconic designs, it makes sense to include them.

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This is the same request twice, either outfit is fine just get Wentworth Miller to record some dialogue for Captain Cold.

I don’t know how many of these have a good chance but either way credit to NetherRealm Studios for adding tie-in costumes as a