Friday, 30 March 2012

CINEMA REVIEW: 21 Jump Street

After a slew of middle of the road movie remakes of popular 70’s and 80’s TV series (Dukes of Hazard, Starsky and Hutch), I was a little apprehensive of this one; a movie remake of the Johnny Depp starring 80’s TV show about police going under cover in high school. But from the trailers this looked at least better than average, so I gave it a go. And I’m so glad I did.

Easily one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It’s not big and it’s certainly not clever, but it is laugh out loud hilarious. Not a minute goes by without at least one good laugh. And not 5 minutes will go by without at least one belly laugh. Jonah Hill is on great form, playing basically the same character he plays in all his movies as Schmidt. But Channing Tatum as Jenko is the real revelation, showing real comic chops and impeccably good humour when it comes to sending himself up.

If I could compare it to any other recent movie, it would be Hot Fuzz. I don’t think it’s a better movie than Hot Fuzz, but it’s easily a funnier one. And as with that movie the action isn’t toned down simply because it’s a comedy you’re watching, with the final chase being just as exciting as it would be in your standard action film. But with slutty prom girls thrown in for good measure.

As with comedies though, most reviews boil down to funny or not funny. And this one is definitely funny. Painfully, side splittingly, gut bustingly so. The comedic highlight for me being the scene after the two guys take the drug they’ve been tasked to stop supply of, and end up tripping balls but still having to go back to class. Jenko wrecking band practice and Schmidt performing lewd acts with a baton had me struggling to breathe. It’s that funny.

4 stars.

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