22 JUMP STREET | MOVIE REVIEW

22 JUMP STREET is the follow up sequel to guess what, 21 JUMP STREET, sexy mofo Channing Tatum is back as Jenko with his Schmidt, Jonah Hill, beside him in more underage shenanigans on campus. I loved the first one, and am looking forward to seeing this one. Kernel Alistair Shields represents and attended the screening to review the film. 22 JUMP STREET is out June 19th from Sony Pictures Australia, runs for 112mins and is rated MA15+. Enjoy Alistair’s review below. All the best………………..JK.

 

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REVIEW BY ALISTAIR SHIELDS

21 JUMP STREET was a semi-serious remake of the pop TV-sensation show of the same name, 22 JUMP STREET was not. Due to the huge commercial and critical success of the first film a sequel was bound to happen as Hollywood goes these days. Usually these sequels end badly *cough* Speed 2, Ring 2, Grease 2, Alien Vs Predator, Son of the Mask, S. Darko  *cough* (sorry, long cough) as there is so much pressure to build upon the original but at the same time offer something fresh. 22 JUMP STREET abandons this whole principle.

The film follows Schmidt (Jonah Hill, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) and Jenko (Channing Tatum, GI JOE) as they get called back undercover, but instead of high school, they are going to college. All the favourites are back with Ice Cube (RIDE ALONG) returning as the angry Captain Dickson and Nick Offerman (PARKS AND RECREATION) as Deputy Chief Hardy. An appearance is also given to previous main plot antagonists of 21 Jump Street, Mr. Walters (Rob Riggle, THE OTHER GUYS) and Eric Molson (Dave Franco, BAD NEIGHBOURS). The plot remains very much how you expect a sequel to play out and the film explicitly tells you this is exactly how events will unfold. The two characters go back undercover, encounter problem with the duo dynamic, fall out and then get back together to solve the case.

I ruined nothing of the film by telling you this and therein lies the beauty of this film.

 

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22 JUMP STREET | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | SCHMIDT (JONAH HILL) AND JENKO (CHANNING TATUM)

 

Michael Bacall and Oren Uziel took off all the pressure of making a big budget sequel by, essentially, laughing at it. Throughout the beginning of the film they make not-so-subtle references to the ridiculousness of creating a sequel to 22 JUMP STREET, setting a new home base over the road, having an absurd budget to work with and so on. 22 JUMP STREET is really a film that is able to laugh at itself and this is key considering they tell you the plot of the film approximately 5-10 minutes in.

22 JUMP STREET is less about the story and more about the characters and the relationships they have as well as all the crazy scenes that come up throughout the film. Tatum and Jonah carry this. Their chemistry shows on screen, and transcends off screen, with each clearly having fun while making the film and it shows. They certainly aren’t no LETHAL WEAPON’s Riggs and Murtagh or BAD BOYS’ Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett but they offer a fresh, modern take on the buddy cop genre which works for the younger generation.

 

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22 JUMP STREET | THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW | SCHMIDT (JONAH HILL) AND JENKO (CHANNING TATUM)

 

The supporting characters also give way for some great laughs, particularly Jillian Bell (BRIDESMAIDS) whose deadpan acting was pulled off in a way that was reminiscent of Bill Murray in his GROUNDHOG DAY glory days. Ice Cube also came into this film in a bigger capacity which paid off, the man has mastered the stare-down which, although, used in almost every film he does is still funny for 22 JUMP STREET.

In the end everyone just haves fun creating this film from the writers to the actors which is no more evident than in the rolling credits of the film which has to be seen to be believed (THE AVENGERS’ Shawarma scene has nothing on this). They were able to laugh at each other and the film itself which completely took the pressure off making a sequel and, in my mind, made it better than the original. The jokes are funnier, the characters more in sync, the story is more expansive, the budget is bigger and just in general the whole film is better.

Kudos for showing a new way to look at sequels.

 

KERNEL ALISTAIR’S POP SCORE: 

3 and a Half Pops

KERNEL NICK’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

 

KERNEL ANDREW’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL DARA’S POP SCORE:

4 and a Half Pops