I've always thought there needs to be a new type of awards show, one that specializes not in movies that deal with personal wars or the human condition, but are just good, fun movies. Instead of being the Oscars. They would be "The Mummies." Whenever I watch another movie that's just trying to be an enjoyable romp for a couple of hours, I'll rate it "X Mummies out of 10".
Point is, I see The Mummy as the perfect popcorn flick. It knew exactly what it wanted to be, and it was that to the fullest. And it plays with its own tropes. The characters are practically aware of the cheesy sort of situation their in, and they own their roles. Brendan Fraser, who has just had the most rotten luck in the past decade or so, is at his best here. He plays a character who is simultaneously super-skilled and very vulnerable in a fight, intelligent but able to make the occasional dumb joke. In short, he's the perfect lighthearted action hero.
The story itself is very tightly told, and there's relatively little wasted space. The CGI is clearly dated at this point, but it doesn't stand out quite like the Rock's face does in the sequel. But overall, the best part is that The Mummy is willing to have fun with itself. It's a classic tale of derring-do that we just don't see enough of these days. If you haven't seen this movie yet, see it. And if you have seen it, see it again. It's just a great way to spend a couple hours and come away smiling.