The duo Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum is back, with the same directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who have already directed the first film. Ice Cube also endorses for the second time his yelling captain character. They are all guilty of committing a second offence with 22 Jump Street. Film review by Bulles de Culture.
After infiltrated High school to stop a drug traffic, our two cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are send in mission in University to, guess what, to end a drug traffic again.
22 Jump Street : in the same mood that the previous film was
Let say it first, we are here in the same mood that the previous film was: they curse a lot and I mean a lot, the humour take you back to kid’s garden, and they do not really care about having a dramatic story. For those who expect to watch an adaptation which would respect the original TV show will probably be very disappointed, and I am pretty gentle to put it in those words. But as most films that have been released this summer seem to challenge one each other on the CGI field (the one who will have the more spectacular building destruction scene, the one with the best city destruction, or even the one with a planet explosion), there is something really refreshing about a movie based on two idiots, sorry, based on a comic double-act.
As Dumb and Dumber (1995) starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, Dude, where’s my car ? (2001) with Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott, or Starsky and Hutch (2004) with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, 22 Jump Street follows the same path of these buddy movies, a little bit stupid and silly. The big difference with the previous film is that pulling the story to University is even a better field for comic situations: fraternity, Spring Break and of course, alcohol.
The crew is clearly having good time, and it’s something that the audience can easily share. Channing Tatum seems to take a lot of pleasure to play with his action-movie image. And there are also few cameos which are as fun as short: Richard Grieco from the series and Seth Rogen.
The directors are also having fun: rhythmic soundtrack, over-colorized picture, absurd comic moments, Phil Lord and Chris Miller push their style further in this sequel as we have already be able to recently observe it in The Lego Movie (2014).
22 Jump Street is far from being a perfect film, I can give you that for sure but I can’t help myself thinking of Wayne’s World (1992) that was not perfect too, but was still a good teenage memory: it was unlikely, it was messy, but at the end it was fun.
For those who have already seen the first movie, you will probably like the second one. And for those who didn’t, it doesn’t matter!
To learn more:
- French release: 08/27/2014
- French distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing France