22 Jump Street : Review by Tomas Ward

Review by Tomas Ward @IngloriousTward

Comedy is the hardest genre to get right. There’s definitely no question about it. It has to be self-deprecating whilst also original. Funny but not too full of itself. The sign of a good comedy is in the writing. Contemporary comedy is far different to what it used to be. It’s done what every comedy should do and satirize the current culture of the world. In 2012, 21 Jump Street was released to universal acclaim and went on to become one of the biggest surprises of the year. A remake of the TV series that launched Johnny Depp’s career, 21 Jump Street shocked everyone with its ability to be both genuinely hilarious and charming all at the same time. Jonah Hill played himself which wasn’t a bad thing and it found a new niche for Channing Tatum, who completely embraced his role as wonderfully deadpan and willing to take the piss out himself. Putting the two together was genius in disguise. So here we are. A sequel was inevitable.

Welcome to 22 Jump Street.

Picking up where the original left off, our heroes Jenko and Schmidt are once again assigned to work within the Jump Street program and to undergo a undercover operation almost identical to the last one, except this time they have to go to college. Rarely are comedy sequels good but what sets 22 Jump Street away from the rest is how it consistently makes jokes at its own expense whilst bringing something new to the table. It’s incredibly self-deprecating and the “Do-exactly-the-same-as-the-last-time” approach is brilliant. It’s amazing how you don’t tire of the joke because Hill has found so many ways in his screenplay to mine for humour. And it certainly works. There’s too many moments to name for praise but it’s safe to say I wasn’t disappointed.

22 Jump Street is a rare comedy sequel that surpasses it’s predecessor in so many ways. It’s consistently funny and satirical. Hill and Tatum are a perfect double act and the post-credits sequence will have you in stitches. The best comedy in ages..

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