Review: 22 Jump Street
THIS is the movie that we have all been waiting for, both with excitement and dread. 22 Jump Street is the surprisingly funny sequel to the classic cop comedy 21 Jump Street. Sequels are notorious for being hit and miss – more often misses – but 22 Jump Street starring Jonah Hill and the always beautiful Channing Tatum is utter brilliance.
It’s a sequel about how bad sequels are. Genius! This completely self-aware movie is a breath of fresh air in an already tired and limping genre. It constantly points out that sequels recycle material from the previous movie and give people the exact same thing over again since that’s what they want.
Normally the amount of references about the quality of sequels would ruin a movie but it doesn’t weigh down this film. The movie references 21 Jump Street, various projects the actors have done, sequels in general, blockbuster budget restrictions and even gives ideas for 23 Jump Street and beyond.
This time around, our heroes are off to college to pretty much do the same thing they did in high school. Have you gotten the theme running through this yet? Hill and Tatum really pull out all the stops on this one and it is a testament to their acting skills that this movie really worked, strong writing and direction aside. Hill has been known as a strong comedy actor for some time in Hollywood but here, he shows that he really is the best comedian at being completely awkward, something that works well in a college setting. (We’ve all been there.)
Tatum has blossomed into a comedic force to be reckoned with and is quickly catching up with Hill on this front. His loveable fool act is endearing and in this movie his character does what every college student only dreams of doing – finds himself. Yup, that’s right, Tatum is a stereotypical frat boy, bet you didn’t see that one coming! Together, they are a brilliant comedic duo who bounce and react to each other in perfect sync, their on-screen chemistry is electric.
And who could forget about Ice Cube, the diamond in the rough? Some of the funniest moments in this film were when he was being menacing and just plain badass. He isn’t given a lot of screen time but he makes excellent use of the time he does have.
While at first you may think the movie is about bringing down a drug ring it is really about the relationship between Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum). The exploration of their bromance was an underlying theme in 21 Jump Street but has risen to the surface in this instalment. Do they really need each other to function as good cops or would they be better off parting ways?
Overall, 22 Jump Street is not going to change your life but it is hilarious, incredibly easy to watch and you see Channing Tatum’s impressive physique for one hour and 50 minutes. It’s a win win!
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