22 Jump Street: Movie Review
Two years ago, "21 Jump Street" blew our minds away with its unconventionally provocative, brash and daring style. It was, to put it in simple terms, a refreshing film. Now, we have the sequel with "22 Jump Street" in our hands. Amazingly, this improves upon its predecessor in a multitude of ways but it also feels familiar with what we loved from the first. It's bigger, it's grander and the jokes are a hell lot of more fun and most importantly, funny.
After making their way through high school, big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they are "promoted" back into the Jump Street program and go deep undercover at a local college to stop the dealer of a deadly drug known as "whyphy". But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question if they really need their tight-knit partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case - they have to figure out if they can have a mature and open relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.
"22 Jump Street" employs more or less the same story structure from the first film. A drug has killed a student, undercover cops must go back to school, find the dealer and stop a deadly drug from spreading to other schools. Even with this, "22 Jump Street" actually feels a whole different film. The story itself is tighter and cleaner. We don't get weird issues this time and it's more plausible as a whole. The best thing is how well it is incorporated into the comedic situations our character finds in - our favorite parts were usually integrated into the story arc. On the acting side, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum deliver again. Specifically, Jonah Hill was simply outstanding - even his body and eye movements were in sync with his gags. And we all know how Channing Tatum is naturally fun and excels when it comes to these kinds of films. Overall, "22 Jump Street" is the same as its predecessor with its non-stop laughs. As a sequel, it does not disappoint and we can honestly say gleefully surprised us the right way more than once.
Rating: 5 reels
Why you should watch it:
- All too familiar story but still refreshing
- comedy is bigger, badder, grander and ultimately funnier
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- this film was perfect comedy; no reason not to watch it
Labels 22 Jump Street, action, Amber Stevens, Channing Tatum, Christopher Miller, comedy, Ice Cube, Jillian Bell, Jonah Hill, movie review, Peter Stormare, Phil Lord, sequel, Wyatt Russell