Saturday, 21 April 2012
21 Jump Street
Damn – what a film. 21 Jump Street is the first film I've laughed out loud at for a while. I don't know about everyone else but I was starting to get really bored with wannabe Hangover and Superbad films that were just vulgar for the sake of it and showed all the real jokes in the trailer. Other than one or two occasions 21 Jump Street was nothing like that.
21 Jump Street is based on an 80's TV show staring Johnny Depp. Yes, Johnny Depp. It is about two undercover policemen who, because they look young, have to pretend to be high school students and investigate youth crime. Unlike the TV show, the film is a comedy and stars Jonah Hill as the smart yet embarrassing Schmidt and Channing Tatum as the athletic yet stupid Jenko.
21 Jump Street also breaks a lot of the social norms that other teen movies have tried so hard to set up. For example, the idea that the popular kids are mean and elitist by nature or that the smart kids are constantly unhappy. This film has gone for a much more realistic and up to date view of the social structure in high school. Which is a lot more relaxed and friendly. I think this is one of the things that made the film such a success. That it isn't the bored, cliched plot we've seen before in hundreds of high school based movies. 21 Jump Street would have been very similar to Never Been Kissed if they hadn't made it this way.
I was not a fan of Ice Cube's character of the perpetually pissed-off police chief. He just seemed a little too stereotypical to be funny for me. He sometimes made me laugh but mostly just reminded me of the kind of humour I've seen in Hangover and other male comedies. I've seen it before and I don't wanna see it again.
I personally love it when a comedy has some heart as well as laughs. And 21 Jump Street had the perfect balance. The bromance between Jenko and Schmidt is quite touching. The romantic scenes, between Schmidt and the popular girl, are really quirky and sweet.