Tuesday, 3 April 2012

21 Jump Street

Director: Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Certificate: 15

Cast: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Ice Cube

Rating: 4/5

Cop Comedies are great aren't they? One of the few styles of comedy that are almost certain to get big laughs. Hot Fuzz, Rush Hour, Blue Streak and Bad Boys: these are all films that I can still genuinely enjoy. So with the release of 21 Jump Street, I was looking forward to seeing yet another brilliant comedy in the long line of excellent buddy cop comedies, full of over the top explosions, cheesy lines and through the air gunfire, all topped off with some cliché cop movie references thrown in just for laughs.

21 Jump Street, for those of you born in Britain and in the 90’s, is based upon a TV drama series with the pre-Captain Jack Sparrow Johnny Depp and Dustin Nguyen as undercover police officers posing as high-school teens. However, the film adaptation, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, turns the serious (and frankly unrealistic drama) into a comedy, identifying the absurdity of the original series and playing with that idea. Schmidt and Jenko (Hill and Tatum respectively), two high-school teens at opposite ends of the popularity spectrum become unlikely friends when both join the police force, who are then instructed to work undercover in a high-school to uncover a drug ring, exposing the dealers and identifying the supplier.

During their time back in high-school, the once popular Jenko is alienated by how times have changed, becoming an ostracized individual and scorned by his fellow classmates. However, Schmidt, who was once shy and incapable of talking to girls, falls in with the popular kids in school, much to Jenko’s disapproval. Many fans of the original series would probably feel uncertain towards the change from a drama to a comedy; however, the change works perfectly. Hill and Tatum are perfect together; both actors deliver their lines sharply and with great timing. This surprised me, as I wasn’t sure whether I would buy into the pair of their being friends having been a different ends of the social spectrum becoming best-friends-forever. Yet their timing and the way they played off each other’s lines was fun and entertaining to watch, allowing a true friendship to blossom on screen.

Overall I will say that 21 Jump Street was another brilliant cop comedy. The film is slightly predictable, but as this wasn’t directed by Christopher Nolan, I did not expect to have my mind muscle exercised. Despite his predictability, the film had me in stitches, with the humour being the surprising element that kept the pacing of the film at a high level. If you are looking for a laugh with mates or need a film to take the girlfriend or boyfriend to see, this is a film that everyone can appreciate and laugh at in equal measure.

So what is your favourite cop comedy? Do you agree with what I say about 21 Jump Street? Let me know below or contact me via twitter @Rohanseal221B

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