As far as previews go its meant to make you watch a movie and 21 Jump Street’s did exactly that to me; it had me splits and I was bound to go for it when it released. Based on a 1987 TV series, 21 Jump Street stars Jonah Hill & Channing Tatum as 2 rookie officers who are assigned to go undercover to find out about a drug deal thats going on in schools.
Essentially its a buddy cop movie set in a school backdrop. But where this iteration of 21 Jump Street wins is the sheer chemistry of the main leads. Jonah & Channing makes one hell of a comic duo. Their comic timing and dialogue delivery were impeccable. Yes I have seen Jonah Hill in a similar role in Modern Warfare 3’s ‘The Vet & The n00b‘ ad campaigns and indeed his performance was hilarious but I was surprised to see Channing doing comedy with both ease and style. There are some extremely unexpected cameos and it was very pleasing. Following The Hangover formula…it has some scenes which adds to both the comedy and shock value too.
Helmed by the makers of ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meat Balls’, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, who’d have thought they’d come up with something so skanky and hilarious. 21 Jump Street mixes up all the right ingredients of a good recipe to make it as much fun as possible…be it dirty dialogues, sex jokes or uproarious gags or cheesy action. It takes the best of buddy cop movies and high school comedy and weaves into a stretch of laugh out riot.
As previously mentioned the previews had most of the initial funny bits and it kinda made me laugh less when I finally saw it on the big screen. Other than that I’d say 21 Jump Street is a must watch. It isn’t original per se. It is cliched and predictable but the Jonah-Channing duo makes it worth reliving those cliches and makes it fun. Nonetheless its well made, all thanks to a clever script and its own original gags. I don’t remember the last time I’d laughed so much at the movies and even after it. Its one of those movies that you won’t forget for a while.