Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Actors: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
Runtime: 112 minutes
Release Date: 19th June, 2014
Reviewed by Mo
I never watched 21 Jump Street [the show] and it took me ages to watch the reboot but when I did, I was surprisingly impressed. You know when you just chuck something on randomly, for some background noise, then before you know it, you haven’t moved from the couch and the movie’s over. So you can probably understand that when I saw the trailer for 22 Jump Street, I was genuinely excited. Whoever thought of putting Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill together in a movie [twice] deserves a cocktail, maybe a whole round of them because these two just work. It’s like the qualities of the perfect man: handsome, can move (would definitely be able to pick you up - the man does Parkour), smart and funny…but just split over two men. And together they have fantastic chemistry.
In 22 Jump Street we join Schmidt and Jenko, again. They’re got a new case [that’s exactly the same as the old case] but this time in college. Queue the college clichés: keggers, frat parties, football, and a little spring break. This whole film works because it doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither do Tatum and Hill. They both play to their strengths and pay out each others weaknesses. Hill pushes the boundaries of annoying and Tatum is just so endearingly, stupid (and attractive, LETS NOT FORGET ATTRACTIVE).
These two are partners for life; they’re a power couple (like Rihanna and Chris Brown) and this whole film is bromance at it’s finest and funniest. There’s a faux break up scene, relationship counselling, as well as Schmidt doing the walk of shame, several times. Throughout the entire film they poke fun at the fact that they’re doing it all again (and it’s a continual battle, proving that it’s not). It’s funny but it gets a little tiresome. It’s also a tad long but the credits are really worth sitting through.