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  • Writer's pictureWill Scarbrough

Mini Review: Mummies

The film follows the fun adventures of three ancient Egyptian mummies who live in an underground secret city, hidden in ancient Egypt. The trio includes a princess, a former charioteer, and his younger brother, along with their pet baby crocodile. Through a series of unfortunate events, the mummies end up in present-day London and embark on a wacky and hilarious journey in search of an old ring belonging to the Royal Family, which was stolen by the ambitious archaeologist Lord Carnaby.

Joe Thomas, Eleanor Tomlinson, Celia Imrie Hugh Bonneville, Sean Bean & Dan Starkey.

Mummies is the newest animated film of the year worldwide & the easiest one to skip. Right from the get go, Mummies establishes itself as a poorly edited and underwhelmingly acted stinker. The comedy misses on almost every front and feels far too familiar to be interesting.

The animation, while consistent and familiar to what we see from CG animation, never pushes itself to become unique. The story is extremely rushed and often laughable at how serious it finds itself to be at times. The song choices, particularly in one moment, were poorly chosen and awfully weaved in. Which comes down the directing that felt emotionless and was just generic coverage.

The themes aren’t anything new or refreshing, which isn’t helped by its bland screenplay that fails in both comedy and fluidity of dialogue. Which also doesn’t offer its actors anything to work with & paints the performances in a poor light.

I suppose I could understand the appeal to very young children. However, animation is cinema and is for all ages, there is no excuse not for a well written narrative and inspired animation to move forward in the industry. The singing is appealing, however.

Mummies is a nothing film. With some of the worst editing & comic moments in an animated film in a long time. And it’s basic CG animation that felt too comfortable in being bland, it never tries to offer us a good looking shot to make us stop and think “I guess they tried here”.

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