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22 Jump Street – 2014

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It’s been mentioned in past reviews; sequels are dangerous, particularly in this day and age. The sequel has so much riding on it, through the hype, the promotions, the enormous budget and the often radical departure from the original. They often turn out underwhelming and detract from the original that it road the very coattails of in the first place. Thankfully “22 Jump Street” was fully aware of this risk and took it on board, once again utilising self awareness to create a successful, enjoyable sequel.

Jonah Hill;Channing Tatum

From the outset, the follow up to the surprisingly fantastic “21 Jump Street” established the stupidity and pointlessness of a sequel. Nick Offerman’s Deputy Chief Hardy openly discusses the decision for a reboot and the audacity required to go one further, mentioning previous elements such as budget, success theories and scale of the second instalment, whilst linking the topics to the situation at hand; moving across the street to 22 Jump street.

Making it clear that nothing is going to change, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back once again to suss out and eradicate a popular new drug doing the rounds amongst radical youths. The plot is exactly the same as “21”, only now, the pair find themselves in college.

Jonah Hill;Channing Tatum

Making the effort to abide by the notion of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, the seemingly contradictory film, is not an outright replica of the original, yet, the redeeming qualities of “21” can be found once again in “22”, along with some new additions to the laugh tally.
The primary difference between “21” and “22” can be seen in character.
There is an overall sense of maturity and heightened camaraderie between Schmidt and Jenko, whilst Ice Cube’s Captain Dickson, on top of getting more screen time, is a lot angrier than he was before.

Newcomers to the sequel include “Workaholics” own, Jillian Bell and “Submarine’s” Craig Roberts (who once again plays a minor role as the dorky dweeb that is neither cool or popular – see “Bad Neighbours” review).
Roberts doesn’t add much to the film with his minimal input, but Bell’s character Mercedes plays a substantial role, one that is not particularly funny or enjoyable.
Milking the same joke for all it’s worth, Bell’s character is bland and unimpressive overall which sadly takes away from the enjoyability of everyone else.

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Back again with a large budget behind it which will inevitably generate gargantuan box-office profits, “22 Jump Street” is as fun, exciting and successful, if not, more so than the original.
The majority of critics are labelling “22” as a better film than “21”, but personally, it doesn’t quite live up to the first instalment. The original seemed to have just that, originality; and although “22” is completely aware that it is basically reproducing the first film in a new setting, it didn’t hit as hard this time around.
Having said that, “22 Jump Street” is incredibly funny and excellently written (for the second time).

As seen in past collaborative works such as “The Lego Movie” and “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have crammed as much fun, electricity and energy into a hugely successful comedy thrill ride.
For a comedy sequel, “22 Jump Street” is all one can ask for. Don’t hold your breath for a third “Jump Street”, the franchise is satisfactorily put to bed in highly humorous fashion.

4/5

10 comments on “22 Jump Street – 2014

  1. Noémie
    June 28, 2014

    Great review! I gave a 3.5/5 but with pretty much the same idea of the movie.

    • wmsteele
      June 28, 2014

      Thanks Noémie! Did you enjoy 21 better than 22?

      • Noémie
        June 28, 2014

        I did yes! Well I’ve seen it only once; when it came out so I don’t remember it that well but I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it a bit more than the second one. Probably because I didn’t expect much of it and I was so surprised how funny and good it was while there was no surprise for the second one.

      • wmsteele
        June 28, 2014

        That’s it for me too! Being surprised is what made 21 better for me. 22 came along with expectation and it lived up to it, but there was no shock factor with it.

  2. Sokratis
    June 30, 2014

    See, I think that 22 Jump Street did what the Muppets: Most Wanted failed miserably doing. Creating a tongue-in-cheek sequel. Its not the same movie, its more of a play on finding yourselves back to where you started, no matter what you do. Its stuck in a formula, and its funny watching them fail to break out of it.
    And say what you want about Jillian Bell, I loved her awkwardness with Jonah Hill, and I HATE Jonah Hill, so thats saying something.

    4/5 (well more of a 4.25)

  3. wmsteele
    June 30, 2014

    Yeah that’s what I’m trying to say. The film is very tongue-in-cheek and constantly makes reference to the formula it’s stuck in. Totally agree, and it works so well.
    Jillian Bell plays Jillian (ironic) from Workaholics and has for me, cemented herself as a one trick pony. I understand you dislike Hill but at least he possesses a range of acting abilities haha. Bell doesn’t have any range from what I’ve seen

  4. pgtipsonfilms
    July 7, 2014

    Yeah I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with this review about 22 Jump Street. I didn’t personally give it as a high a star rating as you did though,

    http://pgtipsonfilms.com/2014/07/01/review-22-jump-street-15-2014/

    • wmsteele
      July 7, 2014

      Thanks very much! It’s quite an easy film to review given the obvious nature of almost everything within it haha!
      Totally agreed with your review too!
      Very well written! Great work🙂

      • pgtipsonfilms
        July 8, 2014

        Thanks very much for reading my review and for following me. I really appreciate it and I’m glad you with my review.

      • wmsteele
        July 9, 2014

        Any time mate!
        I’ve checked out your page and am very impressed! I feel we have similar interests and have a lot to discuss in the future!

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