Recently I went to see 21 Jump Street. I have to admit I did not know what to expect. Being too young at the time, I had never seen the original series, but as a Johnny Depp fan I had heard of it. In recent years I haven’t been to the movies very much and I’ve all but given up commercial TV so I hadn’t seen a preview or know a single thing about the storyline.
The movie opens in a high school scene with a very Eminemified Jonah Hill and an 80s jock-looking Channing Tatum. Although my first thought was “Oh dear, is this a high school movie starring 30 year olds?” I soon realised that would not be the case.
21 Jump Street is a buddy cop film in the style of Bad Boys, with a dash of Super Troopers and a fairly decent slosh of Hot Fuzz for good measure. Like the Cornetto Trilogy, 21 Jump Street is a bromance, a story of two men who are best friends and who learn to put their friendship above all overs.
With some hilarious scenes, causing me to have a full on snort laughing fit in the middle of a cinema (and be stared at by a number of more refined patrons) this film is one of the best I have seen in a while.
A cameo from Johnny Depp cements his support for the project, and a line about how there are no new ideas, only stolen and rehashed ones, sets up the tone for a fun and silly joy ride.
Overall I would recommend 21 Jump St, as long as you don’t mind a bit of gore, a lot of swearing, some drug use and a whole lot of dirty jokes.
A definite must see from me.
Have you seen 21 Jump St? What did you think? Did it compare to the original?
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