Soundtrack Review: The Mummy (2017)

Soundtrack Review: The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Mummy by Brian Tyler.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 78.8
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 37.8
Album Excellence: 30.3%

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The Mummy is a 2017 American fantasy horror film directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella & Annabelle Wallis. It is a reboot of the Mummy franchise and the first installment in the Dark Universe film series. Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London. The score is composed by Brian Tyler.

The Mummy has been a theme for Hollywood since the early 20th century, and for my generation at least, Stephen Sommer’s The Mummy trilogy from 1999 and onwards are the ones I remember fondly, particularly the first two. There were a number of spin-offs as well with The Scorpion King, but nothing quite beats the 99 Mummy. I saw it recently and it still holds up and Jerry Goldsmith’s frantic score is still as excellent as it ever was. That movie was set in the 1920s, but the new 2017 movie is set in modern times with Tom Cruise being the new Brendan Fraser. I haven’t seen the new film yet, but I hear that it’s quite dark, specially when comparing to the 99 Mummy which was very comedic. Tyler is an interesting choice as a composer which I’m sure will sound nothing like the Jerry Goldsmith score, and that’s because it’s a completely different film set in a different time and I’m curious to hear what’s new. The score opens with the title cue ‘The Mummy’, and it’s certainly starts in a very dark way with deep humming choir and ominous strings and woodwinds. I like it though. Tyler holds nothing back with the main theme. It might not be very memorable, but it’s a fun listening experience. Very epic.

Tyler has chosen to go the epic route and in full blockbuster mode, and when it works, it works great. The themes are nice as well, particularly ‘Nick’s Theme’, but it’s nothing more than I would expect from a summer blockbuster film. Did I mention that this score is over 2 hours long? That’s a lot of music, certainly not the norm today. Is it warranted though? I would say that more music is always welcome, but the music might outstay it’s welcome. I had a feeling that this score might be a bit too long in it’s current shape. There are cues that just doesn’t sit well with me such as ‘Haram’ or ‘The Lost Tomb Of Ahmamet’. They are too quiet and I lose interest. That’s why the 2 hour length is probably not going to work, but trim it and you’ll have a nice action score. After a while I got bored, and that’s never a good sign. To be fair, it’s hard to hold excitement for 2 hours. I think a mentality shift is needed after the exciting opening of the score. It goes more into horror territory and that’s a whole different thing and I’m not sure I managed to switch. Overall though, if you trim it a bit, there’s plenty of exciting music to be found in this one.

1. The Mummy
2. The Secret Of The Mummy
3. Nick’s Theme
6. Sandstorm
7. The Call Of The Ancients
8. A Sense Of Adventure
13. The Sand Of Wrath
24. Forward Momentum
35. Between Life and Death
36. The Mummy End Title Suite

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: The Mummy (2017), 6.0 out of 10 based on 10 ratings


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