Review: 22 Jump Street
The summer season was a dud all around this year. With uncharacteristically cool and rainy weather the season just kind of didn’t appear, and neither did many audiences appear in the theaters. With only one film, the Guardians of the Galaxy, making it to the 300 million dollar mark. This is the first time in about a decade that this has occurred. In fact had Guardians and TMNT not been as successful then the entire summer would have been a complete disappointment. Beyond those two films Marvel also had Captain America which did very well, and there was another Transformers film, but it underperformed. One film that made twice as much as it’s predecessor is 22 Jump Street.
I really enjoyed 21 Jump Street. It was the perfect vehicle for Channing Tatum to demonstrate some well needed range and comic chops. He had a minor role in The Dilemma (starring Kevin James and Vince Vaughn) in which he was able to show off a little, but it wasn’t until Jump Street that he really broke through the barrier of preconceived notions. I think it goes a long way when I say that I have become a huge fan.
22 Jump Street is a sequel that follows the same formula as the first. This is something that should work against it like the Hangover films, but due to high levels of meta writing and acting it works just as well, if not better the second time.
Nick Offerman’s character who satirized the remake the first time around existed only to barrage and criticize the idea of a second film following the same formula as the first and we are all in on the jokes. This time instead of high school the boys are sent to college were Channing Tatums character flourishes while undercover and seems to fall into the same rut that Jonahs does while in high school the first time around. He becomes lost in the shuffle of football and easily forgets his mission, allows his judgment to be clouded and seeks out a football scholarship. Jonahs character Schmidt is now left outside of the group, much like Tatum in the 21.
Schmidt falls in with the art hipsters and both work leads separately while taking a break from working with each other. Schmidt falls for a girl who ends up being Ice Cubes daughter and hilarity ensues.
The comedy is once again sharp and at times random with many great one liners that I will repeat for months to come. They constantly make fun of the fact that the plot is so similar to the first film. It’s not at all surprising to see that this film doubled (and then some) the profits of 21 because this wasn’t just a cash in sequel like some people believed it to be.
They pay close attention to the details of the mystery involved and even though it seems that the villains of the film are obvious there are a few twists along the way. There is more action this time around and it meshes well with the comedic universe in which it occurs.
The film ends with b roll footage of fake future jump street films with beyond ridiculous premises and more cameos from the original show. In a summer with very much to be desired 22 Jump Street delivers on all fronts. It was recently announced that production has begun on 23 Jump Street and I am excited to see how it turns out. Even if they go into ridiculous territory as suggested by that satirical credits I will be first in line to see it.