“Infiltrate the Dealers and Find the Supplier”
22 Jump Street is one of the only sequels made in the last ten years that proves that sometimes the same joke is just as funny the second time round. It is so refreshing seeing the buddy cop duo, Tatum and Hill, join together for another case that does not suffer from the “Anchorman 2 syndrome”.
This movie is by no means original, and they know it. The first film parodied the 80’s remakes, so of course 22 Jump Street aims at sequels. Its hilarious watching each cast member throw punches towards Hollywood’s uninspired film ideas. From references to film budgets to the repetitive story lines, this self awareness allowed for the perfect platform to satirise Hollywood. The outcome allows for one of the most enjoyable films this year.
The storyline follows both Schmidt and Jenko (Hill & Tatum) as they are assigned to 22 Jump Street because the department has invested a lot of money in keeping the Jump Street program alive. This is what initially sets up the film for the sequel jokes, and they are brilliant, said with no emotion in their voice and no expression on their faces, both Hill and Tatum know where they are and what kind of film this is, and that is what makes it so great.
Both Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum prove to be one of the funniest duos that cinema has seen in the past decade, there has been other buddy cop movies that have aimed to replicate this, such as Ride Along, but they just don’t live up to the real deal. Ice Cube is hands down incredible in this film, providing for some of the biggest laughs throughout the duration. His cold hard humour is such a contrast from the goofy nature of Schmidt and Jenko and it is all in all amazing.
What 22 Jump Street does completely right is not taking itself seriously. This is a film that is based on references, even Benny Hill comedy got a nod to. There is no major plot twists because that is not what the film is about. They follow the cliched structure to show how one dimensional it is. This film is the definition of satire done right in modern cinema.
22 Jump Street is absolutely worth your money, every character is great, fun and rememberable in their own way, it just works. This film proves that maybe unoriginal ideas make great cinema, as long as they are done right. With a great cast and a hilarious script, 22 Jump Street sets out to be in contention for the film of the year.
Stay for the credits.
I give this film 9/10