Published on June 6th, 2014 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
REVIEW: 22 Jump Street
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case, they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship.
Sequels can be hit and miss with them usually being re-treads of the original, 22 Jump Street plays on that notion and stretches it to the extreme, this is fun and tedious in equal measure. Re-treading old ground is good if you bring something new to the table and the writers give us just enough to warrant a re-watch.
The laughs come thick and fast but there’s very little substance this time around, with the original you knew where the two characters were in real high school and the growing they made during the film had you invested in them. This time around it’s only paper thin with them meeting new people and growing apart, I know they have to have character arcs but this is just going over old story beats.
This is what hurts this sequel, while poking fun at itself being a sequel it relies way too much on it and gets bogged down, rarely giving us something original. It’s not as bad as The Hangover Part II in this respect, as this at least is very funny throughout, it’s just a shame that they couldn’t have come up with a more original story for the leads.
That being said it is still very funny with Channing and Jonah having amazing on screen chemistry while Ice Cube gets a bigger part and he also has two standout scenes about halfway through. A few characters pop up from the first movie with hilarious results and the ongoing joke about it being a sequel has the best payoff at the end of the movie.
If you enjoyed the original then there’s enough here to warrant a trip to the cinema but anyone else maybe a little disappointed unless you like Channing being topless for most of your movies.
’22 Jump Street’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Channing and Jonah are back for a lacklustre sequel, it's very funny but not as original as the first one.