Saturday, July 29, 2017

I hope they continue the Universal Dark Universe movies

I know that the current state of Universal Studio's Dark Universe is in a state of peril. "The Mummy", which was meant to kick off the whole series did pretty well in the global box office, but it was met with mixed to negative reactions from most monster fans. I enjoyed it well enough, if only for Sofia Boutella's portrayal of the cursed Ahmanet. That aside, even for me the rest of the casting is a bit flimsy. Tom Cruise, even if he dives 110% into his roles, seemed miscast in this movie. His character was too much of a "Tom Cruise archetype" if that makes any sort of sense. It was nothing new from him, so I could only see him and not his character. 

I can't imagine how difficult it is to start a franchise series like this. The planning involved must be intense, and the expectations must be high from the studio. The main reason I want Dark Universe to continue is because I love the old Universal Monster movies, and any re-imagining of them I welcome with open arms. All interpretations are fine, but they have to be enjoyable. I don't even think they have to be "good"! Just fun! Ahmanet is a fun character; she's scary, intense, creepy, and her intentions make sense in the film. Russell Crowe's "Dr. Jekyll" character is also lots of fun, especially when he transforms into Mr. Hyde. But Tom Cruise's character isn't fun. He's just the same character Cruise has been playing for 30 years. Maybe a different actor in the same role would have brought something new to it, but who knows at this point. 

What *is* interesting is how the film ends for Cruise's character. I doubt anything will come of it, but it would be amazing if Tom Cruise's character, who I think is named "Nick", actually becomes the big major threat for this entire Dark Universe event. Like Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or Darkseid in the DC Extended Universe. I would like that a lot actually, partially because I think the set up for that to happen is strong, but also it might be Cruse's most unique performance in decades. I guess we'll have to wait and see. 

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