“It’s impossible to start anywhere other than Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill, both giving outstanding comedic performances that propel 22 Jump Street to the next level from its predecessor”
22 Jump Street Review
By Ryan Casey
Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube
Director(s): Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Screenwriter(s): Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel
Running Time: 113 minutes
The film industry is littered with inevitable sequels, most of which come under immediate scrutiny as to whether they can match or even surpass their predecessors; for me 22 Jump Street certainly fell into this category. However on the strength of the trailer campaign and a fully returning cast, I was feeling quietly confident about this one.
Schmidt (Jonah Hill) & Jenko (Tatum) get enrolled at college to infiltrate the source of the latest drug to hit the scene.
In short 22 Jump Street’s plot, to directly quote a line from the movie “Is exactly the same” as 21 Jump Street… Is that a problem?
It’s impossible to start anywhere other than Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill, with both giving outstanding comedic performances that propel 22 Jump Street to the next level from its predecessor. The on screen chemistry they exhibit is a joy to behold; every scene they share seems impromptu, with both talking absolute shit which feels totally natural, and more importantly is side-splittingly hilarious. Their relationship is played out with an overriding theme of homoerotic tension, which lends itself to some of the most entertaining dialogue and set-pieces the film has to offer.
Praise cannot lie solely at the feet of the two leading men however, as the rest of the cast lend themselves to the story nicely, no one is out of their depth amidst the movies raw comedic quality.
The movie successfully works in breaking down the fourth wall, as it constantly mocks itself, inviting the viewer to feel at ease with the fact this movie is unashamedly not taking itself seriously at all. This helped me enjoy it even more as I just sat back and enjoyed the ridiculous ride that is 22 Jump Street.
Constant laughs in the most satisfying comedy in a good long while. To my mind Hill and Tatum are fast forming one of the defining cinematic comedy double acts of this generation.