Watched Aug 25, 2012
Adam Cook’s review:
I don’t much care for either Jonah Hill nor Channing Tatum, in fact their presence in a film is normally a turnoff, yet 21 Jump Street proves that sometimes two wrongs do actually make a right. This is far from sophisticated, and deliberately relies on well worn stereotypes, yet it wholeheartedly embraces its silliness. Bar the bad language this is a lot closer to directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s animated debut, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, than I had expected. It has the same frantic pacing, madcap humour and likeable characters. The last point is perhaps what separates this from the countless other comedies Jonah Hill stars in because the audience actually warms to these people.
Tatum has clearly found his true calling here. Playing up to his usual tough but sensitive roles he proves surprisingly adept at physical comedy and unselfishly playing the straight man. His relationship with Hill is warm, lacking in cynicism and consistently funny. Whilst Ice Cube gets his best role since Three Kings playing up to the Angry Black Captain stereotype with real relish. The film works best during the moments that rely on the characters rather than when it descends into predictable action territory but it is never less than enjoyable and on quite a few occasions is laugh out loud funny.