Agreed, although you miss some peak Vosloo if you do that.
Not just a recast, but (re)introducing her as having written a series of novels about their exploits. Meaning the first two movies were the book version of Evelyn, and the Bello version is the "real" one.
Don't like that at all.
Yeah, recasting Weisz was weird. And dumb. Especially when having Evey passed away right away creates all sorts of interesting narrative possibilities:
Instead, we get a heap of awful shit. I've never made it more than 20 minutes into the third film.
Never saw the third one in its entirety. I caught a lot of the third act (lots of yetis and terracotta soldiers fighting iirc) and it didn't look terrible, but the NO-WEISZ factor was definitely hanging over everything. I really like Maria Bello in almost everything that I've seen her in, but she was wrong for this.
And MUMMY RETURNS is definitely peak Wiesz. I rather enjoyed her fight scenes, both in flashbacks as the princess and in the 'modern' setting.
Weisz' eyebrows in the first one were distractingly weird but she was so incredibly superhot in the second one. She was very very charismatic in both, pretty much the whole cast was. It's weird that such bad movies were so great.
Weisz has been and always shall be a beautiful woman. She was incredibly fit for MUMMY RETURNS, though. I'm sure that some of that fight footage used body doubles/stunt women, but there's enough of her in there to show that she was in incredible shape for that movie.
Ironically though the Scorpion King in The Mummy Returns is horrible, his solo movie is actually kind of fun. Kind of a dumber, more self-aware Conan.
I mean, the first thing Johnson does when he appears is the "people's eyebrow," so you know the movie knows what it's doing.
I like The Scorpion King a lot. But, whatever you do, don't EVER watch shitty direct-to-DVD sequel The Scorpion King: The Battle For Redemption.
I remember being absolutely stunned by how awful that effect looked when I first saw it. I'm still stunned, frankly. It's just an amazingly bad creation.
The effects work in the movie actually gets worse as it goes along. The bus chase stuff with the mummies looks pretty good, but by the time we get to giant CG water faces, blimps, and mummy pygmies, you can tell ILM had their E or F team working on it. The Scorpion King monster is the ultimate culmination of bad effects in the film.
I somehow missed that Christopher McQuarrie wrote this? It must take quite a lot of suck to be able to mess up a McQuarrie script, but the rumors suggest Kurtzman has done the impossible, don't they?
What a weirdly structured trailer. If that was the only thing you saw, you'd think the entire movie was Cruise and Generic Blonde Female Lead running from exploding buildings and Cruise being tossed around. The humor is so poorly juxtaposed with the horror and action elements. You could say it felt....Frankensteined.
Thanks. I'll be here all week.
And that really weird scream of his pops up TWICE this time. I almost want to see it in the theater just to experience that LOUD.
So, Universal is going all-in on these films, calling the shared universe the "Dark Universe," confirming that the next one is Bill Condon's Bride of Frankenstein (released in Feb 2019), and announcing that Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp will be Frankenstein's Monster and the Invisible Man, respectively.
I'm with Fraid on this one...Crowe's Jekyl is the thing that interests me.
And again...they tried a big shared universe thing with VAN HELSING. Had that been successful, I'm sure that Sommers would be the Kevin Fiege of Universal Studios right now. We know how that all turned out.