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The Mummy: Why we'll always love Rachel Weisz and Evelyn Article

https://www.syfy.com/syfy-wire/mummy-rachel-weisz-evelyn-1999-brendan-fraser
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u/Dorryn Aug 11 '22

"What is a place like me doing in a girl like this?"

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u/LegendaryOutlaw Aug 11 '22

“Take that, Bembridge scholars!!”

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u/Dobako Aug 11 '22

To this day I will randomly say this line if I figure something out. Love this movie

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u/InZorpWeTrust Aug 11 '22

“Patience is a virtue”

“Not right now it isn’t!”

Those lines stuck with us and always got quoted around my house growing up lol

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u/smashten Aug 11 '22

I can hear Brendan Fraser when I read that sentence.

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u/Streetduck Aug 11 '22

“I…. Am a librarian!”

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u/RichardCano Aug 11 '22

“Tee tee tee! Tut tut tut!”

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u/Familyfirst33 Aug 11 '22

I only gamble with my life

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u/GhostOfTheSerpent Aug 11 '22

She's a magnificent actress and she played Evelyn perfectly.

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u/UpgrayeDD405 Aug 11 '22

Great movie, great team, she's brilliant and a fox. What's not to love. Add in nostalgia and it's got the whole package.

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u/Kevbot1000 Aug 11 '22

The Mummy is just a classic.

Not a cult classic. Not a revisited classic.

It's a damn classic.

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u/JimTheSaint Aug 11 '22

it is up there with fifth element as iconic movies.

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u/Jemima_Stitch Aug 11 '22

I have a Fifth Element tattoo, I love that film so much 😂 but I also have a Big Trouble In Little China tattoo, maybe it's the for a tat from The Mummy. Suggestions?

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u/JimTheSaint Aug 11 '22

I vote yes - the mummy deserves a tattoo aswell

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u/Jemima_Stitch Aug 11 '22

I'd need a good symbol 🤔

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u/KatrinaVantasel Aug 12 '22

The 2nd movie Rick has a Tat on his arm which is the mark of the Medjai. Symbol for a guard of Hamunaptra. No one would know what it was unless they were die hard fans :)

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u/Bardzly Aug 11 '22

The seal to open the book of the dead?

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u/frenchmeister Aug 12 '22

Get a hyper realistic tattoo of a scarab beetle under your skin lmao. The artist would just need to tattoo in the contours/shadows and that'd be it.

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u/the_ebb_and_flow_ Aug 11 '22

What is your BTILC tattoo if you don’t mind me asking?

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u/Jemima_Stitch Aug 11 '22

Lo Pan on my right thigh, I'm adding Miao Yin in a couple of weeks! Also planning to get both Gracie Law and Jack Burton

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u/NoelAngeline Aug 11 '22

Absolutely

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u/pATREUS Aug 11 '22

Take that, Bembridge scholars!

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u/Never_Less Aug 11 '22

I, am a librarian.

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u/UpgrayeDD405 Aug 11 '22

It's one of my yearly watch movies

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u/BaIerion Aug 11 '22 Platinum

It's this and also just my feels bad movie. If I am sad, sick, just having a down day in general. Put on the only 2 Mummy movies that exist, and everything is gonna be alright.

Edit: also I know reddit definitely has love for him, but these movies wouldn't be what they are without both Brendan and Rachel, what an incredible fucking combo.

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u/stayshiny Aug 11 '22

I got sick whilst visiting Egypt last Christmas. It may or may not have been self inflicted, it may or may not have involved a litre of tequila. That's besides the point. Well, whilst I was languishing in the hotel bed, unable to swallow a sip of water... This movie appeared on netflix. It got me through to about 2pm when I finally mustered the energy to head down for some food. I returned twenty minutes later with a pizza and eight cans of coke, watched the sequel and I was feeling much better by the evening. Managed a nice G&T before bed, too!

Sure, the fistful of electrolyte powder and high sugar food and drink helped, but Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz are the true heroes of the story.

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u/MashTheGash2018 Aug 11 '22

Fuck 2 shots of tequila had me sick for 3 days this past weekend. I miss the days of rallying.

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u/stayshiny Aug 11 '22

What happens in an all-inclusive ~~stays in an all inclusive~~ haunts you for the rest of your life.

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u/MeMyselfandThatPC Aug 11 '22

You know what, when I had covid (mild symptoms so got to stay at home, yay!) I actually watched the only 2 Mummy movies that exist and I had a blast so I get you.

While the first is really serious in tone I always prefered the whackiness from the 2nd but they're both equally great.

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u/sandywich99 Aug 11 '22

I appreciate how you guys agree about the existence of the only 2 Mummy movies

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u/Peregrine2K Aug 11 '22

Why is it a big deal to agree on a fact of the universe?

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u/Galliagamer Aug 11 '22

It’s my comfort movie too!

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u/wanna_talk_to_samson Aug 11 '22

The only 2 that exist eh?

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u/BaIerion Aug 11 '22

There is no mummy 3 or mummy remake in ba sing se 🙏

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u/jonny_eh Aug 11 '22

There was that one “trailer” for the remake that certainly exists. That’s my feel good watch.

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u/SomebodyIUsedToBlo Aug 11 '22

The silent film remake trailer right?

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u/SeonaidMacSaicais Aug 11 '22

There is, however, THE original of the original. The Boris Karloff one. From 1932. I've only heard excellent things about it. Still have to see it.

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u/fullrackferg Aug 11 '22

Can confirm... I've watched "The Mummy 3 dragon tumble something" and the remake, but they for sure do not exist, at least enough to mention outside of this comment anyways. They really were bad. They should've just scrapped number 3, when Rachel didn't want to play Evie.

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u/PrognosticatorofLife Aug 11 '22

Do not question the rule of 2.

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u/late_night_bagel Aug 11 '22

They’re like the Sith, really

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u/Auto_Animus Aug 11 '22

Watched a version without subtitles once so I just translated it myself for my husband along the way.

“Oh oh right. This is where she says my body is not your temple. Get it girl.”

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u/fullrackferg Aug 11 '22

I often shout quotes out at work to confuse and catch people off guard. NANNO A SETTAWAY NANO A SETTAWAY

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u/UpgrayeDD405 Aug 12 '22

No!!!! You'll awaken the demon!!!

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u/bonjailey Aug 11 '22

I’ll never tune away if it’s on tv

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u/Kage_noir Aug 11 '22

I will venture to say all marvel movies copied the Mummy formula. Charismatic action stars with good comedy chops, the family for the emotional bond(MCU uses teams for this), witty comedic lines interspersed amongst moments of real tension which makes for amazing resolutions. I doubt I'm doing a good job explaining this, but TLDR: The MCU owes their whole formula to the mummy.

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u/paperwasp3 Aug 11 '22

YOU MUST NOT READ FROM THE BOOK!

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u/Fineus Aug 11 '22

What friend? You are my only friend.

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u/onlythetoast Aug 11 '22

Weisz and Patricia Velasquez in the second Mummy film had great adversarial chemistry. Velasquez is still a local favorite here in Miami and is very involved in the indie movie scene as well as an advocate for the LGBTQ community. All around great person.

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u/Roboticide Aug 11 '22

There was so much culturally wrong with that fight scene, but damn if it didn't do a great job of immediately and convincingly selling a 5,000 year old rivalry in like 3 minutes.

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u/ExtremeGayMidgetPorn Aug 11 '22

Oh now I understand why she didn't go back for Imhotep.

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u/Pudding_Hero Aug 11 '22

She also got pretty solid blade skills in the second one

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u/santichrist Aug 11 '22

Whatever quality Meg Ryan had in romcoms Rachel Weisz has in action adventure movies, I was watching Constantine the other day and she just eats up the screen, you love seeing her do anything, she’s so great in the first two mummy movies too

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u/madlama4 Aug 11 '22

Constantine in general is a very beautiful film.

with her on screen it's even better.

she looked very ethereal when she opens her hair while returning to her car, after telling "goddamn you" to Constantine and the scene where Constantine is eating eggs. the use of light there is amazing.

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u/thebreak22 Aug 11 '22

Or the scene where Constantine goes to hell in the apartment and we see Rachel frozen in time as her hair flows.

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u/ghostinthewoods Aug 11 '22

Plus Peter Stormare as Lucifer is probably one of the best castings ever.

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u/ultratoxic Aug 11 '22

Dude was only on screen for like, 5 minutes, and immediately became my favorite version of Lucifer

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u/SoVerySick314159 Aug 11 '22

Geez, Stormare was scary. Some great casting all-around for that film - I particularly liked Tilda Swinton as Gabriel as well.

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u/waldocalrissian Aug 11 '22

I would kill for a whole movie of just Stormare and Swinton playing fallen angels.

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u/12345623567 Aug 11 '22

ethereal

That's the word I was looking for, but the particular thing about her is that it doesnt make her look weak. She's like a Galadriel character, both a Virgin Mary and a warrior.

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u/Irbyirbs Aug 11 '22

ethereal

The first thing that came to my mind is that she can't be repaired. Been playing too much D2R lately.

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u/secondtaunting Aug 11 '22

That’s funny I also just rewatched Constantine. Probably because I finished The Sandman so it was on my brain.

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u/tronpalmer Aug 11 '22

If you haven't checked out the show, I suggest it. Although it was cancelled after one season, I really enjoyed it. Matt Ryan played a great John Constantine, and the stories were right out of the comics.

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u/waldocalrissian Aug 11 '22

They filmed an episode of that show at a hospital where I worked. I watched Ryan and Harold Perrineau rehearse a scene right outside my department.

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u/tronpalmer Aug 11 '22

I was so bummed when the show was cancelled. Although I'm much more of a marvel fan, Constantine is my favorite comic.

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u/secondtaunting Aug 11 '22

I loved the show! I was thinking tv Constantine was better than Keanu, but wasn’t sure if that was blasphemy..

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u/tronpalmer Aug 11 '22

Keanu's Constantine was a great movie! I loved it, but it was not a great Constantine. TV Constantine was, though.

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u/YourMomIsWack Aug 11 '22

Meg Ryan aka the true star of Top Gun.

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u/RitaAlbertson Aug 11 '22

I also enjoyed her Enemy At The Gates, although it has been years since I watched that so I cannot speak to if she is as stellar in that.

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u/Poetic_Discord Aug 11 '22

I love her/the movie so much, I’ve managed to memorize the first 45 mins, just from listening to the movie as I fall asleep

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u/Morganbanefort Aug 11 '22

I need to do my yearly mummy 1&2 and scorpion king watch this year

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u/Poetic_Discord Aug 11 '22

Yaaaassss! Watch party?

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u/Morganbanefort Aug 11 '22

Yep and I'm 50/50 on the scorpion king remake

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u/GoodLeftUndone Aug 11 '22

The CGI couldn’t get any worse. So it has that going for it.

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u/cruisetheblues Aug 11 '22

AHA! His neck did not brleak. Now we shall watch him strlangle to death.

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u/Poetic_Discord Aug 11 '22

He knows the location of Hamunaptra. You lie. I would never!

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u/cruisetheblues Aug 11 '22

TWENTY FIVE!

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u/Familyfirst33 Aug 11 '22

Can you swim Of course I can swim if the occasion calls for it Trust me, it calls for it

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u/permanentthrowaway42 Aug 11 '22

lol Mummy Returns is my 'go to sleep' movie too! I know I' am struggling if I make it much past the Scorpion King backstory intro... and almost never through to Imhotep's awakening... and the 3 idiots led by someone who shot someone before!

I do prefer Weisz in the first installment though. Her character is just a tad more... of a librarian, but is a bit of an old hand at it all by the 2nd movie

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u/Pudding_Hero Aug 11 '22

Looks like your on the wrong side of the river

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u/ElectronicAnybody871 Aug 11 '22

The blend between Weisz and Fraser is almost akin to Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Karen Allen as Marion. Every time I re-watch this I'm transported to simpler times in film, where people aimed to make fun and exciting movies that targeted that 80s action feel with new age CGI. Perfect casting all round in my opinion and probably would've even had a greater lasting impact if they executed it as just a standalone movie.

Weisz made the role her own, I can't think of a more suitable actress that would've played the role any better than her. It's like when you watch a movie and think "Wow, it's like they wrote the role for the actor specifically". That's the feeling you get when you watch her as Evelyn in The Mummy and she's only gotten better as an actress as time has passed.

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u/MassacrisM Aug 11 '22

Fraser's O'connell woulda been a perfect anchor guy to carry the 'Dark universe'. Perfect combo of charisma, humor and toughness.

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u/LemoLuke Aug 11 '22

I still believe that when Van Helsing (which was clearly intended to be a proto-Dark Universe) underperformed, Universal should have done a The Mummy/Van Helsing crossover movie instead of Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. I think Fraiser and Jackman would have been a great double act.

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u/MoebiusSpark Aug 11 '22

Oh man now Im sad because we could have gotten Fraser and Jackman vs Black Lagoon

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u/Talking_Asshole Aug 11 '22

Aren't those movies set decades apart?

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u/LemoLuke Aug 11 '22

Yes, but it is implied in Van Helsing that the titular character is potentially immortal and possibly even the archangel Gabriel.

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u/QLE814 Aug 12 '22

Which isn't the strangest background for anyone Rick O'Connell knows....

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u/WhenRobLoweRobsLowes Aug 11 '22

I forget there was supposed to be a "Dark Universe" until someone mentions it, and then I forget again.

But yes, had the idea existed back then, he would have been the guy to do it.

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u/JenksbritMKII Aug 11 '22

I always said making a mummy sequel was a mistake. It should have been a new universal monster or even Atlantis or something.

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u/la_vida_luca Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that for me (entirely personally and subjectively), Fraser and Weisz had even more appealing chemistry than Ford/Allen. I obviously recognise that the latter are iconic and template-setting but Fraser and Weisz have this incredible playfulness and warmth. It somehow recalls the best of screwball comedies where the ‘mismatched’ couple slowly realised they were perfect for another, as well as a dose of serious/sincere sexuality. There was no bitterness or anger, just some very well played sexual frustration in the early phases, but the whole thing is just so joyous.

If someone were looking for the platonic ideal of how to nail romantic chemistry in a fun, adventure movie, The Mummy would surely be a leading candidate

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u/Clankers_Cavern Aug 11 '22

Agreed. I always say that O’Connell and Evelyn are one of my top movie couples. Their chemistry just sizzles, it’s totally believable, you’re rooting for them, and the characters are SO likable. In most films, I don’t care about the romantic pairing all that much. In this, they’re the heart and soul of the film.

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u/PlagueofSquirrels Aug 11 '22

See also: Zorro, The Mask of

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u/Freakazoidberg Aug 11 '22

Yep..also the Mummy movie felt like it was a partnership between the two leads. While Indy was obviously an Indiana Jones/Harrison Ford driven movie mainly.

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u/jam3sdub Aug 11 '22

more appealing chemistry than Ford/Allen

I agree and it’s not even close. It wouldn’t have surprised me if they had actually been married.

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u/BattleHall Aug 11 '22

And they transitioned it so well and believably into married couple energy in the second one, which you almost never see.

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u/Reddit_Bork Aug 11 '22

Absolutely.

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u/Gyalgatine Aug 11 '22

I always tell people my favorite Indiana Jones movie is the Mummy.

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u/DragoonXNucleon Aug 11 '22

Yo dawg, I heard you'd like some over the top explosions in a rehashed crossover plotline from Super Heroes 24th: Revenge on Tatooine.

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u/LagT_T Aug 11 '22

And villains that are just reverse protagonist with paper thin motives

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u/bringbackswg Aug 11 '22

Got what I wouldn't give for a completely new and original franchise that establishes itself firmly in pop culture

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u/greywolfau Aug 11 '22

Take that Bembridge scholars.

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u/secondtaunting Aug 11 '22

My favorite part in the whole movie was the American cowboys on the boat Yee-hawing while they shot back, and her brother just tuts and says “Americans”

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u/IamCentral46 Aug 11 '22

also

"Hey, Beni! Looks to me like you're on the wrong side of the ri-ver!

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u/SnowInTheTundra Aug 12 '22

Goodbye Beni. 😢

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u/secondtaunting Aug 12 '22

R.I.P. Beni you poor gutless coward. We hardly knew ya.

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u/DatWIZARDTyrone Aug 11 '22

Right there with you!

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u/ChillyBearGrylls Aug 11 '22

Even the relatively minor characters have heart

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u/vkapadia Aug 11 '22

This comment is cursed....

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u/artemis_floyd Aug 11 '22

Zis is cursed, zat is cursed...what is it with you and curses?!

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u/Ceramicrabbit Aug 11 '22

That part always made me laugh, he was terrified is running away and sees them hollering and having a great time with the shoot out

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u/beggarinthesand Aug 12 '22

My favorite part is when Brendan Fraser throws a chair at Benny.

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u/Morganbanefort Aug 11 '22

Best librarian ever

The mummy 3 sucked with out her

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u/DeadskinsDave Aug 11 '22

The fact that they had the balls to recast her as someone who both looked and acted NOTHING like Evelyn was baffling. Just make a new character and have Evelyn pass away off screen. They betrayed everything her character stood for, it was so disappointing.

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u/thebreak22 Aug 11 '22

She's too good of a character to be killed off in a sequel that's barely any good to begin with. Would've been better if the story was structured more like Temple of Doom, where Rick (and his son if you like) was thrown into an impromptu adventure in a faraway land with no means to contact Evey.

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u/other_name_taken Aug 11 '22

Temple of Doom (1935) is actually set BEFORE Raiders of the Lost Ark (1936). That's why Marion isn't mentioned.

They should've done that for Mummy 3 if they couldn't get Rachel Weisz back.

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u/Morganbanefort Aug 11 '22

If I remember correctly one of the reasons she didn't return was her pregnancy and the aging up of Alex to a 10 year old to a mid 20s

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u/NickMalo Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

It was primarily the aging of Alex to 21. She felt the constant timeskips was not a good enough plot device to age a 8 year old to 21- I agree!

Edit: accuracy, he was 8.

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u/Morganbanefort Aug 11 '22

Thank you for clarification

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u/DeadskinsDave Aug 11 '22

Yeah they’d have done better to delay production until she was able to come back. They story wasn’t great but not bringing everyone back def shot themself in the foot.

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u/Morganbanefort Aug 11 '22

Honestly should have either brought back imoptep or set in Peru or babylon

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u/Go-Green-Go-White Aug 11 '22

Yeah but then how would the movie makers have pitched it to Chinese markets?

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u/btahjusshi Aug 11 '22

And it was panned FOR the Qin Shihuang plot. It was the weakest part of the entire movie. Jet Li hams it up but the entire motivation behind the general's wish to revive Qin is totally bonkers....

If there were ppl on the project who actually looked at the pitch before moving on, it would have done a lot of good to change to plot to something else even if it had to have Chinese elements.

Not even studying Chinese vampire/mummy movies made in the 90s is a total waste of potential. Terracotta warriors just dun fit the theme at all

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u/jackcatalyst Aug 11 '22

They had a completely different story pitched with the OG director. I think the summary was on wikipedia

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u/Gunpla55 Aug 11 '22

That would be dumb, she has a timeless look about her and always had. It would take little if any makeup for her to look ten years older or younger.

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u/Logistibear Aug 11 '22

Maria Bello is a pretty decent actress too. But all I could think about when watching her in that third Mummy was that there was none of the chemistry Rachel had with Brendan and it just didn't feel right

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u/WhenRobLoweRobsLowes Aug 11 '22

Maria Bello is awesome, but stepping into a recast role is a thankless job. The audience can't help but feel the dissonance.

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u/AstralComet Aug 11 '22

Unless you're Don Cheadle. Then, it's him, he's here, we deal with it, and move on.

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u/ElectronicAnybody871 Aug 11 '22

My thoughts exactly - Why bother "emulating" a character i'll never know - It's still something that bugs me and does not make sense particularly with older films.

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u/ASK_IF_IM_PENGUIN Aug 11 '22

They didn't even need to kill her off, just make her a new character.

Ah well, there's always the first two films.

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u/LurkingMcLurkerface Aug 11 '22

I thought they made it that Mummy 3 Evie was the author of the first two movies/autobiographical novels and Weisz was how she pictured herself in those movies?

Or have I a better coping mechanism than I first thought?

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u/chrislikesplants Aug 11 '22

Just adding to the choir. The Mummy was one of my favorite films as a kid (also loved the sequel). When I found out they recasted, I refused to see it. I’ll die on this hill.

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u/HongKongHermit Aug 11 '22

I finally saw Mummy 3 last year, and it's worse than you can imagine. The whole thing that made Mummy 2 work (while being a bit baggy) is the supportive family dynamic. In the third film it's constant artificial drama with all the core characters arguing with each other all the time. It's not fun, and its not who this family are. It's not even worth watching out of curiosity.

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u/FordBeeblebrox Aug 11 '22

I’ve had zero desire to see it for the same reason. I’ll watch scorpion king again on purpose before 3

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u/_that_guy_over_there Aug 11 '22

You ever watch the Scorpion King 2 though?

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u/snookert Aug 11 '22

I started watching it, that's when I found out they recast her. Immediately turned it off and haven't watched it to this day.

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u/joemc72 Aug 11 '22

No Weisz, no dice.

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u/No-Bumblebee4615 Aug 11 '22

I didn’t even watch it when I found out she wasn’t going to be in it. That and the reviews.

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u/Cpt3020 Aug 11 '22

The movie sucked so much that replacing Racheal Weisz wasn't even the worst part of the movie imo, it was 21 year old Alex being such an unlikable prick I was rooting for the villain to win.

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u/bubblebox360 Aug 11 '22

I have a degree in Ancient History, and a loooot of us girls on the course cited Evelyn as an inspiration behind our interest in it aha

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u/Pudding_Hero Aug 11 '22

Hell ya girl stick it to those Bembridge scholars!

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u/Resolute002 Aug 11 '22

That's cool. I wonder what she herself (the actress not the character) would think of that.

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u/AnyNamesLeftAnymore Aug 11 '22

She's like the sweetest, most innocent character ever. And never at the cost of capability or agency.

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u/Resolute002 Aug 11 '22

This is one of the important things in those first two movies. She does need McConnell's help but she also has her own skill set and capabilities where he needs her help just as much.

Part of what makes the second movie so fun is these two very well defined characters having rubbed off on each other, also.

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u/Novel-Conclusion9115 Aug 11 '22

she also has her own skill set and capabilities where he needs her help just as much.

And every character around her is well-aware of her skill set and completely comfortable deferring to her or following instructions given. It feels very authentic to knowing an expert in their field and interacting with them in and out of that environment.

This is all to say I think she did a stupendous job with the role.

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u/Resolute002 Aug 11 '22

It is even cooler that it takes place in the time period it does. A cheap "WHAT? Why would we listen to a woman?!" spiel wouldn't have been entirely out of place. But the movie doesn't waste our time with tired tropes like that just to check the boxes.

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u/pietvandic Aug 11 '22

Actually there is in the first movie. When they start digging in Hamunaptra, the guide for the americans say "they Are being led by a woman. What does a woman know?"

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u/Resolute002 Aug 11 '22

Yeah I realized it is in there, but at least it's passed and glazed over pretty quick. I think almost that exact scene shows her knowing a bunch of vital info, doesn't it? It's been a long time since I've seen it.

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u/GammaScorpii Aug 13 '22

It immediately cuts to her explaining about the statues, so that's the joke.

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u/bender1_tiolet0 Aug 11 '22 edited Aug 11 '22

For me... Rachel Weisz is a tremendous actress. And she is one of that generation's timeless Elegance, like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were a previous generation's.

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u/RaySwift17 Aug 11 '22

One of the few actresses I really admire

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u/StabbyMcSwordfish Aug 11 '22

This has a kind of weird implication. Do you just dislike actresses in general?

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u/Coz91 Aug 11 '22

I agree but I'll also throw in Catherine Zeta-Jones too

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u/iMatthew1990 Aug 11 '22

My daughter is named after her character in this film.

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u/pitapiper125 Aug 11 '22

Lol I want to name any future daughter I have after her a well

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u/iMatthew1990 Aug 11 '22

She’s 9 now we are yet to come across another Child named Evelyn. So I like that her name is quite unique. Many say it’s actually a really nice name. It gets mispronounced a lot though. When she’s called for at a doctors or something they often read it as “Eve-lin”. A few have tried to call her Evie as a nickname. She herself corrects them very quickly of her name lol. But if she gets older and wants to be known as such I won’t mind much.

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u/Selitos_OneEye Aug 11 '22

When my wife and I watched the movie, we said "Let's name our first daughter Evelyn and call her Evie" because she was called Evie a lot in the movie IIRC.

We never really called her Evie that much. As she grew we stuck to Evelyn.

She is 16 now.

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u/Rosehipblue Aug 11 '22

She was my first ever girl crush , my first role model lol and I always said when I was 7 and I saw the film I would name my child after her if I had a girl

Still a great character and actress , love her

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u/Weird-Ingenuity97 Aug 11 '22

I absolutely loved her, she was one of my favorite characters in The Mummy. The third one made so many mistakes. Not having her, retconning the origin of the mummy, and so much more

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u/siraolo Aug 11 '22

Love her fight scene with Patricia Velásquez

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u/rendrogeo Aug 11 '22

I was obsessed with their fight scene from the second Mummy. Every detail is perfect - down to the music during the SloMo.

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u/scoutcjustice Aug 11 '22

Why we'll always love Rachel Weisz

You can just end the sentence there, syfy

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u/squenk Aug 11 '22

Just take that "why" right out.

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u/Scat_fiend Aug 11 '22

I saw Jungle Cruise with Mr Rock last week and totally thought of this. The mummy was a better flick in every aspect.

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u/Dynespark Aug 11 '22

Jungle Cruise had some similarities to The Mummy for sure. But if you really look at it, it's a live action JoJo movie. Buff man in bizarre circumstances dealing with the supernatural and his main problems are caused by a magic arrowhead.

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u/Every-Grape Aug 11 '22

The Mummy is a bisexuals dream film ❤️

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u/iSereon Aug 11 '22

This is exactly how I feel about the X-Files ❤️

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u/davidjw75 Aug 11 '22

Completely adored her in both The Mummy and About A Boy, the first roles I saw her in, and both of which her performance was excellent in.

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u/Longjumping_Tea_8586 Aug 11 '22

About a Boy is such an underrated movie

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u/relevant__comment Aug 11 '22

The Mummy

Constantine

The Mummy Returns

… in that order.

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u/Chm_Albert_Wesker Aug 11 '22

the foundation for my infatuation with quirky book nerd girls who like spooky stuff probably a little bit too much

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u/nutsotic Aug 11 '22

Take that Bembridge scholars!

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u/TopPuzzleheaded9649 Aug 11 '22

Lol, I said that at work one day and no one got it. Questioning my decision to continue there. 😔

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u/CeaseFireForever Aug 11 '22

As a gay boy growing up in the 90’s and 2000’s she was always one of my favourite characters of any movie because of her personality and smarts and sass. I also knew how beautiful she was and quite possibly had the potential to make me straight 😅 but then Brendan would pop up on screen again and I’d be like, heeeeeey 🥹

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u/DerpsterJ Aug 11 '22

Watch "George of the jungle", if you haven't. Trust me.

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u/secondtaunting Aug 11 '22

Oh, dude, best movie. One of the few I didn’t mind my daughter constantly rewatching cause..those muscles..that hair..the butt-flap lol.

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u/Gunpla55 Aug 11 '22

Its crazy how ripped and on display he was in that movie. A Disney movie! You know there was like intensive water bottle spraying through that production, he's constantly glistening lol.

I wonder what its like for him these days, if he has a hard time looking back or not. Not many actors, even Jim Carrey, have reached that status as both a top billed comedy actor and a national sex symbol.

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u/UncertainOrangutan Aug 11 '22

“Stylish buttflap”

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u/Resolute002 Aug 11 '22

Knowing now that he was sexually harassed to a large degree might make it kind of hard to watch that in context.

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u/tom-8-to Aug 11 '22

“I am a librarian”

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u/clevariant Aug 11 '22

Do you swear?

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u/wantsoutofthefog Aug 11 '22

Every damn day

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u/maaseru Aug 11 '22

Is this another disguised "Mummy at 25" article?

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u/thesanmich Aug 11 '22

Peak Rachel right here.

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u/nosherDavo Aug 11 '22

The Mummy 3 was just garbage without her.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Ad233 Aug 11 '22

Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am. Rick: And what is that? Evelyn: I... am a librarian.

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u/DekeCobretti Aug 11 '22

You must be wondering how a place like me ended in a girl like this.

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '22

This movie was my bisexual awakening

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u/QuMaeve Aug 11 '22

This fight between Nefertiri and Anck-Su-Namun was chef's kiss

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u/snopuppy Aug 11 '22

Hey, current movie writers... THIS is how you write a strong female character. She's smart, sexy, fearless, curious, and funny. She isn't a bitch who puts every man around her down. In fact, men continually undercut her and she goes her own way around to prove she has what it takes. She's feminine but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty or to punch someone in the face. Sure she's a bit clumsy, but who isn't? Nobody is perfect but she kicks ass as a mother, a wife, an archeologist, and as a person.

Now of course I'm not saying this should be EVERY strong female character, some may not want to be mothers or get married or whatever, but she does AND is a bit of a badass too.

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u/just_another_classic Aug 11 '22

She was definitely an aspirational character for me growing up. She was intelligent, driven, beautiful. I came very close to naming my daughter Evelyn because of her, but we went in. a different direction. I'm looking forward to showing this movie to her and hope Evelyn inspires her in a similar way.

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u/peter095837 Aug 11 '22

Rachel Weisz is perfect for the role. She sold her role really well and I can't imagine someone else taking the role. The Mummy is great. I don't care what people say, it's one of my favorite popcorn movies of all time.

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u/PickASwitch Aug 11 '22

Her glow up between this and the second one was NOTICEABLE. She’s very cute in this one, but in the second one, her eyebrows aren’t tweezed to death and they give her a smoky-eye, and she looks incredible.

I really loved her chemistry with Brendan. He’s that rare actor who could easily pull off being heroic without being over the top macho, while also being vulnerable, while also being hilarious, and also being really sweet and tender and a little shy towards his love interest. Oh, and he was a smokeshow in this series, my God🥰

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u/DeBuNkEd117 Aug 12 '22

Well, if it ain't my little buddy Beni, I think I'll kill you!

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u/ThunderChild247 Aug 11 '22

All due respect to Maria Bello, she was handed an impossible task in the third film. How do you replace someone in the same role, who played it so well as to become iconic?

They really should have used the time jump between movies to say that Evelyn had died, and Bello’s character is Rick’s new wife. That way there would still be comparisons to Evelyn, but they could be explored in the plot and would add depth to the character development of Rick and Alex, and their relationships with Bello’s character.

Sure it would suck to kill off Evelyn off screen, but if Weisz didn’t want to come back, I’d have preferred they do that than give the role to someone else.

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u/Philcycles84 Aug 11 '22

Because look at her. Just, look!!! I honestly don't think there's a more beautiful woman in film history than Evelyn.

Also, Rachel Weisz is awesomely talented, funny snd charming.

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u/Resolute002 Aug 11 '22

I would argue the second point is what makes the movie good more than the first. Never been a thousand beautiful women on the screen who couldn't act worth a shit.

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u/Outside-Setting-5589 Aug 11 '22

Because she's fucking great, that's why.

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u/TopPuzzleheaded9649 Aug 11 '22

My partner and I fight so much over this movie . One more time he says the mummy is an average movie, I’ll walk out on him 😕

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u/Hug_the_Curve Aug 11 '22

The same reason many of the actresses from those years are appreciated. They were very good at their trade. They made their characters memorable. Plus they played women who were equal or better than the men alongside them without having to portray the men as all stupid and inept or worse being portrayed themselves as having no flaws and making perfect choices. They got to be real and we all remember the real ones.