You know, I never heard have thought that “21 Jump Street”, a movie adaptation of the ’80s TV show, would be the critical and commercial success it is. Many people thought that this was a very stupid idea for a movie, myself included but once I saw it, I laughed, I was entertained, and so on so on, ended being one of my favorite movies of 2012……Yeah, I told this before while reviewing The LEGO Movie and so far, that is one of my favorite movies this year and now, with 22 Jump Street, I had a good feeling that it could be good again but then I remember ‘what if this movie has a case of sequelitis’? And I really didn’t want that to happen with this movie and I got complete faith in this to be good while still having some doubts.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
I got to say….I can not believe that this movie…….this movie…….MANAGED TO BE EVEN FUNNIER THAN THE FIRST!!! Oh, yes!!! I love this movie!!! Oh, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are to be praised for their work here and the fact that sometimes trailers can be misleading and you know what, it was a good thing to keep the funnier moments out of there. I mean, I think the guy who edited the Million Ways to Die in the West trailer should take some notes from that editor and learn that because this may be the funniest comedy of the year…..so far. They know that they could doing the same shit in the last movie but it managed to work for them as they use that to their advantage with some few changes from the last movie to differ them. We know what we’re going to do and they know it and the fact that we know it makes it clever and funny altogether. The jokes come hitting at you and while you feel like they could get tiring, it doesn’t, and what also help is that the relationship between Jenko and Schmidt does expand throughout the movie while maintaining that chemistry between them.
And speaking of that, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum really shows their chemistry on the set. Those two really brought out the laughter whenever they are on screen but you know what? I got to say…. Ice Cube had me laughing at his performance and that makes me glad to say as a fan of his because this makes up for Ride Along this year and he is actually stronger here than in the first movie. I also like Amber Stevens as Maya, the girl that Schmidt hooks up with as she plays her role well and there is that surprise about her in the middle part of the movie. Some good mentions of performances go to Nick Offerman, Rob Riggle & Dave Franco appearing in the movie for a while, The Lucas Twins as Yin and Yang are show stealers for me, Peter Stormare as the villain of the movie and even Jillian Bell was pretty funny and usually her making those ‘Jonah Hill is old’ jokes would have bothered me but they didn’t because those jokes didn’t felt overused. It managed to be humorous and even do a change up now and then. Wyatt Russell (Kurt Russell’s son) as Zook was plenty good in the movie and not to mention that he did turned down to be in the next Hunger Games movie to be in this and he made the right decision.
Oh, and definitely stay for the post credits scene……..you will love the post credits scene!!! I know I did.
FINAL VERDICT: A great example of how to make a sequel to a movie that surprised us in the first place. The laughs, the jokes, the settings were better and it accomplished even more than what they did the last time. So far, this is definitely one of the funniest movies of this year and Lord and Miller are nailing it this year. People should definitely go and see this….in the theaters, on DVD and Blu-Ray…just watch this damn movie!!!!
And how high does 22 Jump?
High FIRST CLASS
And that is all, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, bringing all the elements in one format.
22 JUMP STREET – courtesy of COLUMBIA PICTURES / METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER PICTURES