REVIEW: 22 Jump Street (2014)

Sorry about not writing anything for such a long time, between exams, revision and some scriptwriting of my own, I haven’t had much time to write much. So once again, sorry about that.

Last Saturday a couple of friends and I decided to go and watch the hotly anticipated 22 Jump Street. As most people know, it’s the sequel to the 2012 hit 21 Jump Street starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

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The story is very similar to the first, Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are sent to infiltrate a College as there has been a new drug called “WHYPHY” being distributed. So naturally their boss Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) sends them to college with the now-immortal line “Infiltrate the dealers, find the suppliers”. This one has particular emphasis on Schmidt and Jenko’s relationship as it is put under major strain when Jenko joins a fraternity and becomes the college’s star football player and Schmidt falls by the wayside (but he does meet a girl).

 

One of the best things about this film, which really stood out to me, was the clever scriptwriting, which allowed the characters to almost break the fourth wall in a completely non-overt way. There are constant references to how high the budget for the movie was compared to the first, with Schmidt and Jenko having ludicrously high tech gear. There is also a new, high tech base at 22 Jump St., which nods to the previous film as it is across the road from the Korean church, which is the base for 21 Jump St. There is also an abundance of references to Ice Cube’s glittering career as a rapper, both solo and as part of N.W.A. (For example, his wife being “Straight outta Compton”). The writers have really hit the nail on the head here, because essentially they are repeating the same joke throughout the film, but for some reason it just doesn’t get boring. And just like 21 Jump Street, Richard Greico and Dustin Nyguyen from the original TV series make cameo appearances as “Booker” and “Vietnamese Jesus” respectively.

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No review of this movie can go without praising the performance of the whole cast (both new and recurring), with hilarious cameos from Rob Riggle and Dave Franco who reprise their roles from 21. Literally everybody in this movie makes you laugh at some point, but I would like to give particular notice to Channing Tatum. Generally quite a serious actor, people didn’t think he’d have the gall to be funny and were quite shocked when he was cast as Jenko initially, but once again he has absolutely nailed it. He exploits his physical ability in order to enhance the physical inability that Hill has, and sets Hill’s jokes up. His reactions (One in particular. You’ll know which one I mean) are some of the funniest aspects of the film. Hats off to him, absolutely hilarious and excellent performance. Don’t get me wrong, Hill also did a bloody brilliant job, but I feel Tatum deserves just a little bit of extra credit, considering Hill has plied his trade as a comedian for years, so It’s kind of expected for him to be funny.

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With a few new characters being introduced such as Maya (Schmidt’s love interest), Zook (Jenko’s ‘love’ interest) and Mercedes (Maya’s roommate), the Jump St debutant’s who really stole the show for me were (although they only appeared briefly) the Yang twins. They are just so dopey and hilarious.

I would say that this is arguably the funniest movie that I have ever seen in a cinema (and I would say funnier than the first), my stomach was absolutely killing me from how much I was laughing. Watch this movie, it is fantastic.

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