22 Jump Street (Sidenote: Vampire Academy)



(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

22 Jump Street, though not as good as the original, it’s still a hilarious and entertaining watch. Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

When 21 Jump Street came out, I didn’t know what to think about the movie. I loved Jonah Hill, but hated Channing Tatum’s acting. However, this movie has surprised me, it was a typical Buddy Cop movie but it was so hilarious with different type of jokes and gags that made it a joy to watch. When the sequel came out, first off I didn’t like the title and now that they have expectations, can they exceed it. Fortunately, it met expectations, but didn’t exceed which is good enough for me. I will start with what I like, to the so-so, to what I didn’t like.

What I liked, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, playing Schmidt and Jenko, do make a good on screen and off the screen couple. They have great chemistry together as cops with a bromance. You can tell they love working with each other, and really try to make it funny with each other. This tag team works, and I hope they continue working with each other. For Channing Tatum, whom I always hated his acting, this role seems to fit him well. Just like the first movie, he plays the dumbass but likable jock that collaborates well with Jonah Hill’s character as a smart but physically weak person. I liked the fact that Ice Cube character, Captain Dickson, had a bigger role in the movie and actually did some cop work instead of being an asshole to Schmidt and Jenko. Amber Stevens playing Maya Dickson definitely played a good role playing Schmidt’s love interest. Stevens was definitely sexy to watch and look forward to seeing her in future movies. I enjoyed that Peter Stomare, playing the villain Ghost, comes back and and breaks bad in his role once again. He plays the villain role well in my opinion. I have to say, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been on a roll in making good movies. Early this year they made the instant classic with The Lego Movie and now this movie. One thing I enjoyed in their direction is when they make a split screen of the two characters doing different things then when they come together, the split screen disappears. I thought that was very creative. I hope they can keep rolling with good movies, cuz they are entertaining. Some of my favorite parts were when Schmidt and Jenko were suffering from a drug trip by the drugs they accidentally took. It was creative how Jenko was having a good trip, and Schmidt was having a bad trip. It was hilarious the crazy things they have to go through, and the split screen where Schmidt tried to get out of the bad trip to the good trip really made it funny. Another favorite part which was a great twist is when Schmidt finds out that Maya was Captain Dickson’s daughter. The real awkward moment it creates. I mean if that was me, I would be scared that Ice Cube will kill me. The reaction from Ice Cube was hilarious, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Probably the best credit scenes I’ve seen in a movie. Seeing them do scenes in future movies was funny and entertaining. All the cameos, and insane stunts made it a breathe of fresh air in comedy. They made a corny sequel title, and turned to a comedic moment, and that’s what made these first two movies succeed.

The so-so, one of the reasons why I didn’t think it was good as the first movie is that their humor wasn’t as surprising as the first movie. It was almost the same jokes as the first movie. Nothing surprisingly obscene, however, their jokes are still funny for this movie. Just not that original. Another thing is they did elongate a joke too much. Like the fact they keep saying they look old for college. First off, anybody of any age can go to college as freshmen. It happens more often than you think. Second of all, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum don’t look that old either. It was a running gag that went too long.

What I didn’t like, this other running gag where Schmidt and Jenko were acting kind of a gay couple that’s married. They did have that scene where they’re talking with the therapist as a gay couple which was funny, but to keep going along with it was just a little too much for me. I came to see a comedy, not an American soap opera.

Overall, even though the movie didn’t exceed expectations like the first movie, but at the very least it met with the expectations as a funny and entertaining movie. You won’t be disappointed with this sequel. I hope that there will be at least one more sequel, or a movie with both Tatum and Hill together!!! Final Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars.

(Side Note-Vampire Academy: I knew this movie would be horrible, but this turns out to be dreadful. The girls were pretty to look at, but their acting made me want to drink a full bottle of Cabo Wabo before I see another movie with them on it. The action was subpar, no real character development, story was blah, and it made the Twilight series look respectable. It was an annoying team movie involving Vampires, and these types of movies need to stop before Vampires loose their credibility as a classic monster. Rating 1.5 out of 5 Stars.



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