Bro-mance ignites Jump Street sequel
22 JUMP STREET: Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube; directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller
What's the big deal about Channing Tatum? While I understand the fascination that many people have in him - his well-built stature and his symmetrical look - I still fail to appreciate him.
This lack of attraction has meant that I tend to avoid his movies, including Magic Mike. Instead my equivalent of that movie would be watching Benedict Cumberbatch kick ass as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness.
Sadly, the Batch does not appear in this sequel to the 2012 hit comedy, 21 Jump Street. Tatum does though and is back as Jenko along with his partner Schmidt played by Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Superbad).
Those who have seen 21 Jump Street will experience a sense of familiarity going into this film.
In the original, Jenko and Schmidt, a disappointing duo of cops, are thrown undercover, into a high school to put a stop to a drug operation. Of course they succeed and are then thrown into their next assignment - college. This is where 22 Jump Street picks up. Jenko and Schmidt enrol as students with the aim of taking down - you guessed it - an underground drug ring. Hilarious hijinks ensue and the audience laugh. There are tender moments between the two leads, much like the first film and some great comedic action scenes.
While I would typically roll my eyes at any sequel that attempts to use the same formula as the first film, I restrained myself for 22 Jump Street as it simply worked. This movie knows exactly what it is and at times even makes fun of itself for being that.
Jenko and Schmidt have a delightful bro-mance going on, one that you can't help but wonder if it follows off-screen. Tatum and Hill have a type of chemistry that you can easily appreciate. It's reminiscent of Gibson and Glover from Lethal Weapon and Smith and Lawrence from Bad Boys and it is the reason why the reboot of the series works.
Ice Cube returns with his Samuel L Jackson-esque attitude and vocabulary and a few other familiar faces pop up following in the footsteps of Johnny Depp and Peter DeLuise, who reprised their television roles for 21 Jump Street.
Even though the script feels like it has been recycled from the first movie, 22 Jump Street doesn't disappoint. It provides some good giggles and light entertainment for a few hours. Make sure you stick around for the end credits as well for added value.
The Southland Times