This week’s “Cogill Wine & Film, A Perfect Pairing” Podcast on reVolver Podcasts pairs a good wine with a sub-par film.
We are in prime summer movie season, as this week’s feature, “The Mummy” is great for 25 minutes of the film. Unfortunately, the film runs just under 2 hours.
Thankfully, we always have a great wine to pair, even with the dreadful films, toasting a white Bordeaux for this week’s film. Listen to the show here, clicking “Episode 49.” Or through iTunes, Spotify, IHeartRadio or Google Play Music. More on both below.
The Film: “The Mummy”
“The Mummy” is the first Universal Pictures production under their “Dark Universe” banner and if this poorly written, rambling mess of a movie is any indication of what lies ahead, then they have certainly set their cinematic bar awkwardly low.
Tom Cruise plays a dim-witted military man who spends his time in foreign war zones calling in air strikes and pillaging treasures from historic sites . His bad behavior and perfect abs have the girls calling including an ancient female who thinks Tom Cruise is her soul mate, and an archeologist who looks a lot like Ivanka Trump.
One great scene early in the film involves a bird strike and a plane crash and it’s obvious Sully Sullenberger is not in the cockpit. It’s a thrilling sequence and as soon as the crash is over, logic goes out the window and “The Mummy” becomes a “Walking Dead” wanna-be with an homage to a much better, “An American Werewolf In London.”
Writer, director Alex Kurtzman has created a busier than busy mainstream scare fest that is rarely scary and mostly confusing. It’s like visiting a bad wax museum and around every corner is the same employee person poorly disguised as a wax figure and he keeps lunging at you and winking.
Even Oscar winner, Russell Crowe, seems confused by his own accent as a drug induced Dr. Jekyll. Yes, that Dr. Jekyll without Mr. Hyde.
“The Mummy” is a good 25 minute movie in a 110 minute time frame.
The Wine: La Dame Blanche from Château du Taillan
As noted, Gary and I have seen a few interviews with Tom Cruise on the film, noting the location for what Gary says is the best scene in the film, their zero gravity plunge from the sky. Cruise noted that the filming took place in a set they built in the middle of Bordeaux.
Château du Taillan is a family-run estate, led by five sisters that are the 5th generation of the long established Cruse family. The estate was aquired by their ancestor, Henri Cruse in 1896. Situated at the gateway of the Médoc area, Château du Taillan dates back to the 13th century. The Chateau is protected by a spirit named La Dame Blanche (The White Lady), with its unusual white wine named after her.
As the story goes, La Dame Blanche haunts the surrounding woods and vineyards on the first night of a new moon. Her legend says she was a Moorish (Arab) princess from the 7th century. The story tells that the princess was fell in love with a Knight who was a Christian. Her father punished her by imprisoning her in a fort that was later to take her name, Blanquefort, where she died, never to see her lost love again. Thankfully, the wine tells a much brighter story in the finess and elegance of 100% Sauvignon Blanc with refreshing citrus, white flower and tropical quince notes.