Roger Ebert was mixed on the original The Mummy (’99), which I hated with with every last fibre of my being. Ebert was “not pleased with The Mummy Returns (’01). And yet he recently called the latest version, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, “the best in the series.” At the end of his review, he writes, “Now why did I like this movie? It was just plain dumb fun, is why. It is absurd and preposterous, and proud of it.”
I really and truly consider all three Mummy movies (the first two directed by Stephen Sommers, who produced the current installment) a blight upon our souls. It is industrial-strength pollution in the American cultural river. Giving a pass to these movies is like blowing a kiss to the devil himself.