Greatest Film Moments – The Mummy

The Mummy tells the story of a British archaeologist team that discovers the mummy of ancient Egyptian high priest Imhotep.

Sir Joseph Whemple, Dr. Muller, and their young associate Ralph Norton unearth the buried mummy, finding a casket marked with a curse along with it.

Unwittingly, Ralph revives the long dead mummy by opening the casket and reading the contents of the scroll inside. Freed, the mummy retrieves the scroll and leaves Ralph hysterical and utterly mad.

Ten years later, Frank Whemple, Sir Joseph’s son, leads another expedition delving into the past of Ancient Egypt.

Disguised as a modern Egyptian known as Ardath Bey, the mummy points young Frank in the right direction, unearthing the tomb of Princess Anck-es-en-Anom.

Princess Anck-es-en-Anom is Imhotep’s lost love, reincarnated in the form of Helen who is staying with Dr. Muller and who is falling for Frank’s charm in Cairo.

In order for Imhotep to revive her completely, Helen must die so he can revive her and make her a living mummy like himself.

The once high priest Imhotep, disguised as modern Egyptian Ardath Bey, is the favored character of The Mummy. Unearthed and cursed, he searches for the only person who he truly cares for.

He is a damned soul, tormented by the unholy deeds committed by him and on him. Imhotep only seeks to be reunited with his lost love, Princess Anck-es-en-Anom.

Cursed, he is unstoppable and terrifying when it comes to the pursuit of his lost love and her living reincarnation Helen. He spares no one who stands in his way, relentless and borderline obsessive with his pursuits.

The Mummy is a love story. Love is a common element in the Universal Studios’ monster films, whether it is romantic love or familial love; love hinders and motivates the monsters. We will find out next month if the theory holds true for The Invisible Man, whether it is love or a lack of it that motivates the invisible.

It might have something to do with my love for Egyptian mythology that I studied alongside Greek and Roman mythology as a child, but the love story in The Mummy speaks to me. Imhotep defied the Gods to bring his lost love back, only to receive the worst punishment that followed him in death.

Yet he still yearns for her, Imhotep’s love for Princess Anck-es-en-Anom is relentless. It is hard to see that his love is not returned once Princess Anck-es-en-Anom realizes that he is an unclean dead thing, but she is also more than an ancient Egyptian princess.

She is also Helen who loves Frank dearly, she realizes that their love had its time and that time is over. In the end, Imhotep is destroyed by the woman he loves, the woman he damned his immortal soul to revive.

The Mummy is a rich love story between Imhotep and Princess Anck-es-en-Anom, his unstoppable pursuit of her driving the story of death and curses.


~ by nicmarray on February 25, 2010.

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