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Ask Movie Slate - The Mummy (2017)

Ask Movie Slate - Episode 219 - The Mummy (2017)

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I've had too much drawing this one, if maybe only because it gave me the chance to turn Movie Slate into Mummy Slate. Drawing those tattoos wasn't as bad as you might imagine, but it still was rather time consuming. It was fun to make her cutie mark out of those hieroglyphs, plus wrapping her up in torn bandages. One thing I remember of this movie was how muted it was colour wise. It had a lot of greys, colourless greens, and in general it felt like a joyless movie. I wanted to bring some color back into it which is why the blues and the yellows are so accentuated. Also drawing Paul Pony is always a joy. He's a cutie pie and his dead pan expression fits perfectly with the ridiculous situation.

Perhaps the worst crime of "The Mummy (2017)" is that, mixed with all the bullshit of trying to start up a cinematic universe like Marvel's, there's true potential for a fun adventure movie and plenty of good ideas thrown in there. The concept of a secret organization dedicated to categorize and stop paranormal entities can be really interesting and something worth expanding upon. The acting is pretty bad all across the board, but both Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe do a really good job in this (for what's required that is, nobody here is aiming for an Oscar). And some of the ideas and concepts are pretty interesting, like having the Mummy have double irises in her eyes, or using a magic dagger as means to control her powers. Hell I even liked some of the story elements in here, like the involvement of Crusaders in trying to contain the Mummy's powers, or having the main character actually become a cursed being. These could all be fun in a different movie, but as it is this is not it. This movie is a complete and utter mess that doesn't even know what it wants to be, because the studio execs at Universal felt like taking their old monsters and turn them into action movies (which is very presumptuous of them since they already have the Jurassic Park universe to deal with). Instead of making a more atmospheric low budget horror movie (possibly in association with Blumhouse *wink wink nudge nudge*) they dumped 125$mill. on this monstrosity that has zero personality, zero charm, and serves as a rather insulting instalment in a long series of horror movies that served as both good B-Movie fun and a pillar of modern movie making.

"The Mummy (2017)" may have good ideas in it, but it lacks soul, investment, care, respect, consistency and any sort of element that makes a movie be a movie. At its best it's a watchable guilty pleasure, but at its worst it's a bloody spit right in the eyes of a classic genre. Don't even bother with it unless you're drunk or you flick past by it while watching TV.

I hope you guys enjoy the picture!

You can check Movie Slate's post on Tumblr right here.

You can also check the Making of Post right here.

Please, let me know what you think of it in the comments. I appreciate and every single one I receive.

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AndyofIndiana's avatar
I get the feeling that Movie Slate would be cheering for Ahmanet to kill all the bland and unlikable characters.
jamescorck's avatar
I'm not sure about Movie Slate, but I can confirm that I too was hoping she'd win and massacre everyone. It's been a while since I've seen a movie so hell bent in making me want to hate every single hero in it.
HorsesPlease's avatar
Sometimes I find Ahmanet to be amusing.

BTW, can I upload this to Derpibooru, please?
jamescorck's avatar
Please do so, that'd be very kind of you.
HorsesPlease's avatar
I forgot that it was already uploaded before:
jamescorck's avatar
Oh I had no idea. I don't have a Derpibooru account, so anyone uploading the drawings there is doing me a huge favour. So thank you regardless!
Maverickwolfzx's avatar
Y que ocurrió con esa idea del universo cinematográfico? Aun sigue en pie? Por que por muy mala que haya sido puede haber probabilidad que el resultado final, su Avengers termine siendo una versión algo mas funcional de La Liga Extraordinaria o algo asi.

PD: Esta va para la carpeta de futuros Wallpapers.
jamescorck's avatar
Que va, está más muerta de Mussolini. La siguiente película se supone tenía que salir el año que viene, y de momento no hay no trailer ni nadie en las oficinas trabajando. Se les ha hundido el barco antes incluso de zarpar.

Muchas gracias colega. Se me hace raro que la gente use mis dibujos como wallpapers XD
This is why the only monster-themed cinematic universe I like is the Monsterverse from Legendary Pictures. 
xSapphire-Catx's avatar
Whether it's the classic Mummy or the 1999 version this movie made an utter joke of their original plot, completely rewriting the script giving it a rather predicable (to me at least) layout n origin story.
jamescorck's avatar
It was a complete slog, annoying and not enjoyable in the slightest, especially due to how badly it managed its many ideas.
TylerFreeFlight's avatar
I love your skill and art style. Every image you make is so much fun to look at
for many reasons. There is always so much to see.
Amazingly cool image!
jamescorck's avatar
Thank you so much :) I really appreciate your words, it means a lot to me when people also enjoy all the details I put into everything.
TylerFreeFlight's avatar
no problem! Plus I really enjoy Movie Slate. Super cool character!
jamescorck's avatar
Thank you so much, honestly. This amount of love is overwhelming to me, thank you seriously.
TylerFreeFlight's avatar
Your images have the soft warm feelings that things had in the 1930!
I love the nostalgia. Plus the shading and lighting you use is superb.

Just being honest. I always enjoy seeing what you have created. :heart:
FireHeartDraws's avatar
Think I saw a commercial or 2 before it came out, never peaked my interest. lol

But no matter how awful a movie is, you always find a way to make great artwork , your a true artist ^^
jamescorck's avatar
Thank you man :) I'm pretty sure any film maker would've been able to make a far better movie with a fraction of the budget they had to work with.
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Wooooooow. This is an Epic Artwork ^w^
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Thank you so much!!!
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Very cool, nicely done.
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Paul is always a fun character for being completely deadpan.
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