Why The Mummy (1999) Is The PERFECT Action Movie

10. A Remake Done Right

Universal Pictures

There's an argument to be made that the best remakes are of films that are enjoyable, but flawed. Taking a movie that is amazing and just doing it a second time doesn't help anyone, and only serves to draw constant comparisons.

That's why The Mummy is such a refreshing film. The original version was over 65 years old upon its release, and so there had been plenty of dormancy between releases. Contrast that with the 25 years its been between the two versions of The Lion King.

Speaking of, The Lion King chose to go for an almost shot-for-shot remake. The same songs, the same plot points, the same narrative beats. It renders the new version pointless if it's been done better before.

Rather than a haunting, decade-long exploration of Imhotep from his resurrection as a mummy into a man living among the people, the plot shifts to an action-adventure focus with Imhotep sharing the screen time with rival Rick O'Connell. This allows Imhotep to be a force within the film without dominating it. In the original it was hard to escape Boris Karloff's ever-present figure, but here, Imhotep, despite not always being on screen, always feels like he could return at any moment, keeping the tension high.

Because of that, viewers don't feel like they're just sitting through the original with a fresh coat of paint, but a legitimate original take on the source material.

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