Movie Review: 21 Jump Street (2012)

Remakes. Love ’em, hate ’em. And by that I mean love the good ones, hate the shit ones. Yeah, that’s all I got, let’s just get into the review.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to… “21 Jump Street”.

Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are a pair of cops who aren’t necessarily the best at their jobs. But they’re given a second chance to truly prove themselves when they get transferred to the “Jump Street” unit, a group of cops who get to infiltrate high schools because they kind of look like they could be in high school. So Schmidt and Jenko get assgined to infiltrate Sagan High School to find the distributor of a drug that killed a student. So now we have our screwball mystery. I say screwball mystery because part of the movie is Schmidt and Jenko goofing around high school, and part is a surprisingly interesting mystery when it comes to who is distirbuting the drugs. Now, the mystery isn’t as deep, intriguing, or interesting as in “The Nice Guys”, or “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, but it’s definitely more interesting than I anticipated. But this is really a fun, simple, and straightforward plot that I really enjoyed following.

The characters in this movie are fun, interesting, and just all kinds of entertaining. Jonah Hill is the sorta fat guy who compensates by being quite smart, and Channing Tatum is the handsome jock who is good at the more physical things in life, but is instead not too bright. So these guys are friends to sort of complement each other. And I thought Hill and Tatum worked very well together, their performances overall were good and they had excellent chemistry. And they were both quite funny. We get Ice Cube as the angry police captain, and he’s just awesome. We get Brie Larson as a girl that Schmidt kind of falls for, and she’s really good in the movie. Dave Franco plays one of the popular kids in the school and he’s really good. This movie is filled with great talents. Rob Riggle, Ellie Kemper, Chris Parnell, Jake Johnson, Nick Offerman… plenty of talent here.

The score for the movie was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh and it was really good. It was based both in your typical orchestra-based sounds but there’s also a lot of electric sound here. And it all surprisingly fits the movie. It’s often quite intense and kind of badass, but it still works very well within the movie. There are also a few licensed tracks throughout that fit their scenes very well.

This movie was directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the men behind the surprisingly great “Lego Movie”. And they did a great job directing this movie. Their direction has a lot of energy to it and helps give the movie a very fun a fast-paced feel. And when action happens (’cause this is a cop movie) it is pretty good. So how is the humor in this comedy? For the most part it is really funny, I laughed quite a bit throughout. There are a few jokes that don’t really land, mainly because they are repeats of previous jokes. There’s a lot of immature dick humor and such in this movie, and while I found most of it funny, there were a few points where they went on a bit too long with it. But it didn’t bother me too much, because I did laugh a quite a lot (like I said). And it’s not only dick jokes, because there are some really fun riffs on cop/action movie clichés, and as someone who recognizes a lot of those clichés, I found them hilarious. Just don’t bring your grandma to watch this… unless she’s fine with crude, R-rated humor, because if that’s the case then you should totes let her watch it.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 85% positive rating and a “Fresh” ceritifcation. On Metacritic it has a score of 69/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“21 Jump Street” is a surprisingly awesome reboot of the beloved 80s TV show. It has a really good plot, great characters, great performances, really good music, really good directing, and hilarious comedy. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “21 Jump Street” is a 9,77/10. This means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “21 Jump Street” is now completed.

“Fuck you science!” – Jenko.

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