Looking for a good action-packed, summertime popcorn-churner, we gave "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" a try this weekend ... we'll try again next weekend.
The operative word here is "good" ... some things about this film - the third in "The Mummy" franchise - were good, a couple were very good, and others weren't good at all.
The CAST was all of the above ... Brendan Fraser and John Hannah reprise their roles from the first two films, and they were good. Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh - both giants of Chinese cinema's new-generation wuxia films - appear in this third go-round, and they are very good. Also appearing this time are Maria Bello and Luke Ford, and they weren't good at all.
SETTING? Very good, with plenty of location shooting in China. SCRIPT? Not so good - cluttered at times and scattered-about at others. SPECIAL EFFECTS? Very, VERY good.
The trailers have given you some idea of what to expect from the film ... but be prepared for some even better moments - at least while the CG characters are filling the screen.
So, yeah ... go see it ... but maybe do it during matinee hours and save a few bucks.