The Scorpion King Reviews
While not holding up as a great film, The Scorpion King is an entertaining action movie. The fights are well choreography. The set and costume design are excellent and feel realistic. The humor is plentiful with genuinely funny jokes. The Rock's charisma really shines and leads The Scorpion King to constant enjoyment.
Now on the other hand, the CGI is as dated as the nu-metal soundtrack in the background. The practical effects looks pretty decent all the same. The Scorpion King looks okay, honestly.
In regards to the acting, The Rock is no Marlon Brando, but he is sincere and tries his best. He comes across as genuine and makes you root for him. I like him in The Scorpion King more than any other role of his currently.
Similarly, Kelly Hu is wonderful as the stunning sorceress. She has some funny moments and many mystic prediction scenes that are pretty cool. Hu is very cool and memorable in The Scorpion King. Additionally, Grant Heslov is the ridiculous comedic relief. He is quite hilarious, but I can see why certain audience members might find him annoying. Michael Clarke Duncan is the fierce fighter and a nice serious actor in The Scorpion King. I enjoyed Duncan in this film quite a bit. Lastly, Steven Brand is the villain. I found him annoying more than terrifying, but at least you hate him well enough. Overall, I find the cast passable for The Scorpion King.
In all, The Scorpion King even better than the entire trilogy of The Mummy movies. It is a fun, yet simplistic action adventure. If you expect more than that, you will be disappointed. For everyone else, general audiences should be entertained for the duration of the movie, while never being blown away.
Scorpion King delivers on a small amount of the hammy fun it could have been, though I can't help but wonder just how amazing it would be if we had gotten a Fast & Furious level Rock portraying Mathayas.