Dioramas in Film – The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Starring Brendan Fraser in the lead role once again, the third installment of The Mummy films was the least successful of the trilogy. Despite a compelling premise—with Jet Li as the titular antagonist—the film was a commercial and critical failure. 

The most noteworthy aspect of this 2008 dud was a massive diorama featuring hundreds of miniature soldiers on a battlefield. The sheer size of this miniature, which dwarfs the actors standing behind it, is its most distinctive feature. Although the diorama has some topographical variation, it suffers from a monochrome colour scheme and lacks a focal point. The eye wanders over the landscape looking for something to zero in on, but all we see is a carpet of soldiers. 

If you’re looking for tips on how to make your next diorama more visually compelling, you might want to check out Diorama Design, available on Amazon and Apple Books. 

Although I can’t recommend The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor for its own sake, diehard military diorama fans might want to check it out. 

-Ivar