Movie Review: 21 Jump Street
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago
Holy Korean Jesus was this unexpectedly FUNNY!
Normally when you hear the words ‘Academy Award Nominee’ prior to an actor's name when promoting a film, you normally match it with a dramatic piece, not a comedy – and certainly not someone like Jonah Hill.
When you hear the name Channing Tatum, you never really think of much other than a Mr. Roboto, monotone, Johnny-one-note performance.
Combining both oddities I’ve mentioned, and throw in ANOTHER remake – 80s TV hit 21 Jump Street – the expectations aren’t really that high on the enthusiasm meter.
However, truth is with Hill’s wit-and-wisdom as co-writer and producer of this 5-years-in-the-making rehash, it worked beyond anyone’s comprehension, and surely set the title 21 Jump Street on a different level.
Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) are more than pumped to do away with their adolescent issues. Joining the police force and the secret Jump Street unit, they use their youthful appearances to go undercover in a local high school. As they trade in their guns and badges for backpacks, jovial behavior & status, Schmidt and Jenko risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. But they find that high school is nothing like they left it just a few years earlier – and neither expects that they will have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again and all the issues they thought they had left behind.
I watched a lot of TV while growing up, but never quite caught 21 Jump Street. It was on my radar as I think it use to be on on Sunday nights, but eh… never really cared much for it. I was aware of its cast, premise, genere and popularity, but it never quite piqued my interest.
Sitting through this movie really surprised me! First and foremost, it’s hilarious! Sure it’s glazed with lots of potty mouth humor, raunchy tones and perhaps to some maybe even “glorify” the use of drugs – H.F.S. (Holy Fucking Shit) in this case – but anyone with the audcity who sits through this and say it isn’t funny, clearly has something stuck so far up their ass, their sense-of-humor has been viloated out of their system.
The chemistry between Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was great! Simply being themselves worked so well, personally, I think this was Channing Tatum’s best role ever. I could care less what you may be thinking considering his other films, but this was so unexpected on his behalf, kudos to the guy. I don’t’ think much of him as “Duke” in G.I. Joe, but as Officer Jenko – yes! It almost seemed as if the role was written with him in mind.
Jonah Hill has ALWAYS been a comedic star. Nothing about this guy will ever lack in that department. On time with his jokes, hits, objectives and style… I don’t really think there could have been a better duo to have tackled these roles and come off so well in such a crude way.
From melodrama to comedy, 21 Jump Street is packed with lots of jokes, action, twists, set-ups, surprises, and throws a sarcastic below-the-belt punch at the lack of creativity in Hollywood these days with the approach to keep cashing in on reviving hits from the past. (Pay close attention and you’ll know what scene I’m talking about).
It’ll be interesting to see how audiences treat this one. I can see ladies coming in for Channing, goof-balls coming in for Jonah, and little in-between with a hilarious supporing role by Ice Cube who comes off as the stereotypical angry black boss, but it’s way too good not to enjoy!
It’s fun! It’s funny! It’s raw! It’s violent! It’s vile! It’s not for kids! That said – it’s most definitely this year's best comedy to date!