After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when things don’t end up going their way (again), they begin to question their partnership. Now not only do they have to crack the case, but figure out how to have a mature relationship as well.
Back in 2012, we were pleasantly surprised with the incredibly funny 21 Jump Street and the dynamic comedy duo oh Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. The entire project seem to defy all the odds and break all expectations. With Phil Lord and Christopher Miller back in the director chairs for the sequel, many didn’t know how this wold turn out even though the originals was phenomenal. Well, once again the entire project seemed to break all expectations in every way possible.
With comedy sequels, it is very, very hard to come up with something fresh and new that can still entertain and make you laugh like its predecessor. For a long time, we have gotten incredible original movies but bad sequels that either are identical or go in some odd direction that just isn’t funny (Meet the Fockers, Evan Almighty, The Hangover Part II, This Is 40). The great thing about 22 Jump Street is that is knows its own identity. It knows that it’s the same film and goes in the same direction as the original and that’s why it’s unique. The best part about it is that it plays with itself and makes fun of itself as the movie goes on. How can you now love it? We don’t like comedy sequels that try to go over the top or ‘thing to hard’ jokes that end up not funny; go back to what was the great the first time around and use that, that’s what people want to see. Yeah it may be the same idea or story or jokes, but we still laugh are asses off as we watch.
From the first one, the obvious stand-out was the duo of Hill and Tatum. What they surprised us with was incredible, the chemistry and perfect comedic moments between the two blew everyone away. I can say that they were better in the sequel at that then the original. What they each bring to the table as actors and comedy actors is shocking. We easily know Hill’s background; Superbad, This Is the End, but what Channing Tatum has done for his career as a comedic actor has shot his stock up like a rocket. He has become just as good as Jonah Hill at chiming in and cracking a joke or doing something completely unorthodox. And when they’re together, I don’t know if there is any funnier duo on the planet – you can die of laughter just by watching them look at each other. For me, the best part of this movie was Ice Cube. He stole every single scene he was in and adds a great dynamic to Hill and Tatum. He was a complete stand-out, I wanted to see him more and more as the movie went on and I’m glad he was in it as much as he was.
(SPOILER) The plot of the movie was obviously near the same, but again that goes back to what I was saying earlier about them knowing their own identity. The good part about it though is that the script was flipped and Schmidt and Jenko ended up where they should have this time around. Schmidt with the geeks and Jenko with the athletes. There were moments where they movie did drag or slow down a little bit, but those were eraseds very quickly by more comedic moments. And even though the story may have been the same as the first, the directors and stars did a great deed to this movie by twisting it up at the end and giving us something fresh to be entertained with.
Overall, 22 Jump Street was a complete and total success. It is easily the funniest movie of this year so far and that’s saying a lot with Neighbors out only a month ago. Everything was done the way it should have and once again the duo of Hill and Tatum shined. Story, one-liners, all the comedic moments, the tripod of Hill/Tatum/Cube, and that amazing AMAZING scene in the Captain’s office – it was all just beautiful. Yes, there may be slow and low moments throughout the movie, but it succeeds in every other way possible and I will go as far to say that this is the best sequel comedy ever. If you don’t go watch it, you have failed at life! They moved across the street from Korean to Vietnamese Jesus and added a digit, that alone is enough! PS – be ready for the Schmidt and Captain Dickson twist, funniest part of the entire movie!