Jake Johnson delivers a swarm of laughs in The Mummy!
As I covered The Mummy with Universal Monsters Universe from start to finish, the last thing I imagined it would include was an abundance of humor even with Jake Johnson being cast as Corporal Chris Vail. I knew Jake from Universal’s Jurassic World and knew he was funny but had not seen him in such a major role as he is in The Mummy. When I went to the premiere on Tuesday night and saw the movie in its completed, full-length entirety, he became my favorite character and I knew this was the article I had to write about the movie.
I will not go into any complete details as not to spoil the movie for anyone who has not seen it but Jake Johnson’s role is worth talking about. From the opening scene in the desert, we already see what Jake Johnson brings to the film with Cpl. Vail’s one-liners and his reluctance to follow Sgt. Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) into dangerous situations until he hears how much money and treasure those situations may reward him with. Vail also tries to weasel his way, albeit unsuccessfully, out of following the orders of Col. Greenway (Courtney B. Vance) to explore and excavate the sarcophagus that was uncovered as a result of something he did. He certainly plays an excellent foil to Nick’s straight man. They play off of each other very well.
As the movie progresses, Vail becomes less of a sidekick to Nick Morton and more of a cross between the voice inside Nick’s head and an omen of the terrors to come as Nick’s and Jenny’s adventure progresses. He does it in such a funny way and his scenes are spread out so well that you cannot help but smile when you see him because you know he’s going to deliver a one-liner or something sarcastic that you won’t help but laugh at.
Tom Cruise had nothing but praise for Jake Johnson whenever the two of them working together was brought up in an interview. “Greatest actor ever,” is frequently said by Tom about Jake. Jake has mutual respect for Tom as they did their own stunts together. The Mummy has its fair share of non-stop adventure, thrills, creepy crawlers and terror, but Jake Johnson gives us lots of laughs in between everything else. It was hard not to like him as soon as his face appeared on the screen. He certainly matched up to Tom, Sofia and the others in his own charming way.
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Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.
The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, from a script by Jon Spaihts, Dylan Kussman, and Christopher McQuarrie. The film stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe and Sofia Boutella. The film opens June 9, 2017.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)