51 min

The Mummy Returns Verbal Diorama

    • Film History

100 episodes ago, I covered The Mummy (1999). It's still the greatest movie ever made. The Mummy Returns, the 2001 sequel to The Mummy, was always going to struggle to live up to the fun, charismatic original (especially in my eyes)
Nowadays, The Mummy is revered as a modern classic that reinvigorated pulp action adventure movies, but The Mummy Returns languishes in the sand dunes of Hamunaptra for its visual effects; which are often labelled on the internet as "the worst VFX shot(s) ever".
But The Mummy Returns was always planned to be bigger in scale and scope, and that included visually. Writer/director Stephen Sommers wanted to eclipse the original with more monsters. In many ways, The Mummy Returns achieves that desired upgrade, in others it doesn't. It has grand ambitions, even though it doesn't quite meet them.
20-year-old visual effects are never going to look great against modern standards, especially when the visual effects team were struggling with time and budget constraints. Maybe it's about time we cut The Mummy Returns some slack, and appreciate what it does do well? It may not reach the high heights of its predecessor, but it's a fun sequel that deserves your appreciation.
Corridor Crew's fix for the "worst VFX shot ever" is available to watch https://youtu.be/KH1V6CHO1Jk (here).
I would love to hear your thoughts on The Mummy Returns! The previous episode on The Mummy can be found at https://www.verbaldiorama.com/episode/the-mummy-1999 (https://www.verbaldiorama.com/episode/the-mummy-1999)
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EPISODE THANKS TO....
Most excellent patrons:
Andy from Geek Salad for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad @geeksaladradio on Twitter
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Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/watch/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe )
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Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

100 episodes ago, I covered The Mummy (1999). It's still the greatest movie ever made. The Mummy Returns, the 2001 sequel to The Mummy, was always going to struggle to live up to the fun, charismatic original (especially in my eyes)
Nowadays, The Mummy is revered as a modern classic that reinvigorated pulp action adventure movies, but The Mummy Returns languishes in the sand dunes of Hamunaptra for its visual effects; which are often labelled on the internet as "the worst VFX shot(s) ever".
But The Mummy Returns was always planned to be bigger in scale and scope, and that included visually. Writer/director Stephen Sommers wanted to eclipse the original with more monsters. In many ways, The Mummy Returns achieves that desired upgrade, in others it doesn't. It has grand ambitions, even though it doesn't quite meet them.
20-year-old visual effects are never going to look great against modern standards, especially when the visual effects team were struggling with time and budget constraints. Maybe it's about time we cut The Mummy Returns some slack, and appreciate what it does do well? It may not reach the high heights of its predecessor, but it's a fun sequel that deserves your appreciation.
Corridor Crew's fix for the "worst VFX shot ever" is available to watch https://youtu.be/KH1V6CHO1Jk (here).
I would love to hear your thoughts on The Mummy Returns! The previous episode on The Mummy can be found at https://www.verbaldiorama.com/episode/the-mummy-1999 (https://www.verbaldiorama.com/episode/the-mummy-1999)
GET IN TOUCH....
Twitter https://twitter.com/verbaldiorama (@verbaldiorama)
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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/verbaldiorama (@verbaldiorama)
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Email verbaldiorama [at] gmail [dot] com
Website https://my.captivate.fm/verbaldiorama.com (verbaldiorama.com)
SUPPORT VERBAL DIORAMA....
Leave a 5-star rating/review: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/verbal-diorama/id1453296967 (Apple Podcasts) or https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/verbal-diorama-803268 (Podchaser)
Join the Patreon: https://verbaldiorama.com/patreon (https://verbaldiorama.com/patreon)
Thank you to all the patrons Simon E, Sade, Jardiel, Claudia, Simon B, Laurel, Derek, Jason, Kristin, Cat, Andy, Mike, Griff, Luke, Emily, Michael, Scott, Mark, Brendan, Ian, Lisa, Dan and Sam!
Buy Merch! https://verbaldiorama.com/merch (https://verbaldiorama.com/merch)
Tees, mugs, hoodies and totes are available!
EPISODE THANKS TO....
Most excellent patrons:
Andy from Geek Salad for his Patron thoughts. You can find Geek Salad @geeksaladradio on Twitter
Griff from The Paul and Griff Show for his Patron thoughts. You can find The Paul and Griff Show @paulngriffshow on Twitter
And Brendan for his Patron thoughts, too!
Subscribe, follow and listen to Geek Salad in your podcast app of choice!
Twitter peeps
@DWLundberg
@Oral_mfc
@shaylayy
@JLWChambers
@switchenvelope
@90s_all
@TheMiddleborne
Instagram folk
@friendlysparpod
@thedigressor
Facebook chums
None this time
Theme Music: Verbal Diorama Theme Song
Music by Chloe Enticott - https://www.facebook.com/watch/Compositionsbychloe/ (Compositions by Chloe )
Lyrics by Chloe Enticott (and me!)
Production by Ellis Powell-Bevan of Ewenique Studios.

51 min