Monday, 19 March 2012
Movie #23 21 Jump Street
A quickie down on Jump Street: so this is the Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill reboot of a TV series unheard of in the UK, except as a footnote in the career of Jonny Depp, for whom it was the first rung on the ladder of fame. Essentially, it was a pretty cheesy high-concept thing, a young-looking police detective sent back to high school to bust teen-aged crims.
And, though set in 2012, the film version follows the same plot, with Tatum and Hill going undercover with tongues firmly in cheek. The trailer made it look like standard frat-ish sub-Old-School hogwash, but in fact this is a pretty good movie with some genuine belly laughs, real wit and heart - directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller realising that, as with Goon earlier this year, comedies are funnier when the audience gives a damn about the characters.
To be fair, credit is also due to Hill (who co-wrote) and, particularly, Tatum (who very ably sends up his own lunk-headed himbo persona) who both play the movie out with enthusiasm, chemistry and real, old-fashioned comic timing. The supporting cast are similarly good (there are a couple of neat cameos), with Ice Cube a particular highlight.
All-told, while hardly transcendent stuff and definitely too long - overstaying its welcome by a good twenty minutes - this is nonetheless a decent and entertaining time to be had in the cinema.