Saturday, 5 March 2011
The Mummy (1999)
Librarians the world over delight in the character of Evie Carnahan. Why? Because she's sexy and clever? Because she's an intellectual counterpoint to He-Man Fraser? Or because she speaks the line 'Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am... I... am a librarian!'
Unfortunately, The Mummy's library and librarian are sad stereotypes. The library is dusty, stuffed full of books with faux antiquarian bindings. The librarian is clumsy, and her chief hobby? Reading! She is given sex-appeal only when taken out of the library, when her glasses are removed, and when she plays the damsel-in-distress next to a large barrel-chested man. Is this irony, or just plain old misogyny?
Director: Stephen Sommers
Written by Stephen Sommers, based on the 1932 screenplay of John L. Balderston
Cinematography: Adrian Biddle
Editing: Bob Ducsay
Original music: Jerry Goldsmith
Cast includes Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Arnold Vosloo, Kevin J. O'Connor, Oded Fehr