Film Review by Clayton Barnett
22 Jump Street
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (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.
You’re asking one question right? Is it as good as the first? Hell yes it is. The whole gang is back and it’s bigger, badder and just as funny.
Now going undercover at college, their precinct captain says, “Do the same thing as last time, everyone’s happy.” It starts off a whole in-joke on how bad sequels are, even with twice the budget. But the original directors are back and we’re in safe hands.
After their initially odd, but decidedly perfect choice to direct The Lego Movie (that also featured Hill and Tatum as Green Lantern and Superman respectively), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller return to Jump Street, and unlike most sequels that fall to lesser hands, take the movie that made them to new levels.
21 Jump Street was an unlikely comedy hit in 2012, mainly because it didn’t take itself seriously and had such a laugh at action movie tropes. Exploding gas tankers? I don’t think so. For Lord & Miller there are more laughs in having an oversized drivable football helmet blow up like the fourth of July.
Of course a lot of the success of the first and second film is down to Hill and Tatum’s bromantic double act. On top of their great improv and slapstick (including Hill’s attempts at parkour), you actually deeply care for them as they go through an emotional breakup, more so than the actually case they’re working on. Plus who can complain about more crazy Ice Cube?
Typically sequels do suffer for ‘more of everything that worked in the first’ and the only fault of 22 Jump Street is the drawn out final act. Though one particular case of fisticuffs has to be the most bizarrely romantic and funny fights put to film.
Without spoiling anything, there are some nice twists, more cameos from the original 21 Jump Street TV series, mind-blowing closing credits and definitely stick around for a post-credit crack-up. Also props to the filmmakers for taking a stance against gay slurs when it’s such a common derogatory term for young guys. Brilliant.
22 Jump Street takes it to the next level – there’s more mental action, comedy gold that will make your eyes water, and more of film’s greatest bromance - and just that little more heart. It’s exactly what you were hoping for.
Releases: 12th June 2014
Duration: 112 minutes
Starring: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Jimmy Tatro, Wyatt Russell, Dave Franco, Jillian Bell, Amber Stevens, Craig Roberts
Director: Phil Lord (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street)
Because of their commitment to "The Lego Movie", directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller did not do any script revisions before filming.