A series of film reviews and opinion pieces from a film student and all round movie lover! Happy reading!
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.
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.
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.
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.