Universal Picture’s The Mummy was an overall flop in 2017. Though it raked in over $80 million in the box office, it received almost universal criticism from both fans and critics. With a 15% Tomatometer score and 35% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is one no one wants to watch again. However, there’s a chance the movie could have been spectacular if it had actually starred Sofia Boutella as its namesake Ahmanet, “The Mummy.”
Why The Mummy Was Not A Fan Favorite
The Mummy was highly criticized by fans for its overall poor execution and writing. Many felt that the movie lacked substance, and performances by stars like Tom Cruise and Rossell Crowe were subpar at best.
The movie did particular injustice to Sofia Boutella, whose character needed a husband to claim her rightful power rather than being depicted as a strong feminine lead. It also focused on Sofia’s partially nude body, rather than her superb acting, for the few times she actually was on screen.
Ahmanet Is The Strong Female Lead Hollywood Needed, But Didn’t Get
Though the film didn’t do her justice, Boutella’s performance as Ahmanet was phenomenal. It was the one redeeming quality of the movie, which unfortunately didn’t feature Ahmanet much despite being named after the character.
Ahmanet, a capable ruler and heir to the Pharaoh of Egypt, loses her birthright when her father has a son. Ahmanet refuses to give up her power so easily and makes a pact with the gods to earn back her throne. A film about Ahmanet’s struggle for power in a patriarchal society would have made for a well-developed and intriguing plotline. However, Universal glossed over the true Egyptian lore and instead and made a subpar film simply to set up another franchise.
Why Didn’t Universal Make The Mummy About Ahmanet?
Rumors spread that Tom Cruise’s input, along with his bigger name, played a part in cutting back Boutella’s screen time and the lessening of Ahmanet’s role in the film. This was undoubtedly a poor decision on the producer’s part, as it did not pay off.
Fans would have loved a story about the powerful princess Ahmanet who uses magic and cunning to win back her throne. We can only hope the next reboot of this story is better than the most recent.
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