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Mar. 23rd, 2006 @ 11:50 am Forget Brokeback Mountain--try Brokeback *Lawn*!
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Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
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That's why one of the most romantic relationship in modern movies, for me, is Rick and Evelyn from THE MUMMY RETURNS. Yes, cheesy action flick. Don't care. These two have been married just shy of a decade, and yes, they have their adventures. But they're a partnership, and they still love each other and tease each other and love their child. There's a great moment right after Rick saves her from the bad guys. They hide behind a pillar. He cuts the ropes off her wrists and ankles. In a traditional movie, he would then jump out, guns blazing, while she hides behind him and they run for it.

Instead, he hands her a gun, they nod to each other, then they jump out and fire side by side. They cover for each other as they make their escape. And throughout the movie, he saves her life, and she saves his. It's a partnership, completely equal, with respect to differences and each other. Evil resurrected Egyptian villains aside, that's romance.
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Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
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They nod to each other! Like they don't even need to say much! Now that's the sort of thing that gets me all gooshy. *sigh*

Oh, I do have to see that! :-) Thanks for telling me about it.
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Date:March 24th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
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Oh, the "Mummy" movies are great!

And yeah, that relationship stuff in the second movie is part of why I like it so much. Both movies are great, but the second one is my favorite of the two.
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Date:March 23rd, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
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That movie rocked for more reasons than that.

When the pyramid starts coming down, Imhotep and Rick each shout for Anuck-Su-Namun and Evy, respectively, to RUN!

Evy pauses, sets her jaw, and rushes to pull Rick to safety.

Imhotep sees this and is heartened. He calls Anuck-Su-Namun for help, but she has run and refuses to turn back. Imhotep's heart is broken because he gave up everything for her -- his humanity, his life, his position in the pharaoh's court -- and the two mortals who had been dogging him have a greater love than he could ever have.

It ruled. Though it always makes me feel sad for Imhotep.
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Date:March 24th, 2006 12:21 am (UTC)

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Ah, you described that scene. *g* I was going to, then decided not to, in case it was a spoiler.

But this scene showed the difference between the two Great Loves portrayed in the movie -- the one of the Bad Guys, and the one of the Good Guys. The "Epic Great Love" of the bad guys was the one that changed history, almost changed time, and caused all the action and such, and yet in the end it failed. It fizzled, in fact. The "ordinary" mortal love, like you said, is the one that proved to be truly epic.

And Imhotep, even though heartbroken, honored Rick & Evie's love in the end, by his last act. It almost redeemed him as a human being.

As for Anck Su Namun, she got what she deserved. *g*

But OMG, that "outfit" she wore in the initial flashback-to-Egypt scenes, that was nothing more than body paint?!?!!! *gngah!*
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Date:March 24th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)

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I call the expiration of Spoiler Freshness Dating around the time the DVD comes out. Once it's been on TV, all bets are off. It's been on USA five times in the last four months. ^_^

Yeah. I felt for Imhotep bigtime at the end. That's a sign to me of good writing and good acting, that the villain was the one you felt worst for at the end.

I almost started a fanfic several times where Evy and Rick extended their hands to Imhotep and pulled him to safety -- so he would thereby see human decency at its best, after having been cursed for a thousand years due to a simple case of lust and betrayed by cowardice and greed.

As for Anuck-Su-Namun, I called her Skankh-Su-Namun mostly. The all body paint outfit was one of the main reasons. But her fake love for Imhotep cemented it firmly in my mind as the appropriate name for her.

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Date:March 24th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
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Oh, yes, I love the Mummy movies! I love that Evy is smart as hell, and just as brave as the boys, without the males being reduced to drooling idiots. Well, you know, most of them anyway. :) Plus, the first one has one of my all time favorite movie lines:

Evy: 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.

Rick: And what is that?

Evy: I...am a librarian!