The hit 80s television series 21 Jump Street is coming to the big screen with a remake, sequel, parody, I have no idea.
Having been born after the TV series had ended, I wasn’t even aware of its existence until I heard about the movie. However, before I saw the movie I sat down and watched some of the episodes and found them to be really enjoyable. I knew the film was a comedy so I was already expecting it to be completely different, which meant it wasn’t really a shock when that turned out to be the case. I’m a big continuity geek, so I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, but I can honestly say that I laughed for basically the entire film.
There are some references to the original series in the film, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a sequel or follow up to the series. Still, it’s not a remake either and I found it to be more of a parody than anything else and not just a parody of 21 Jump Street, but movies in general. Even going as far as characters being aware that they are merely stereotypes and being encouraged to embrace it and things, that would normally explode in film, not blowing up.
Unexpectedly, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum make a great team and, even though the characters are opposites, it was done it a way that makes their friendship really believable. However, the gay vibe was coming off strong and at times it did seem like the pair would make a pretty good couple, I can only imagine what reaction that would have got (Oscar nomination probably). The two main characters are stereotypes themselves, but they use that to show how high school has supposedly changed since they were actual students.
Johnny Depp makes an appearance in the film as, I’m going to say, a version of his former Jump Street character Tom Hanson. His part was very well done and completely unexpected. I think that people who are fans of the original won’t like what they’ve done with his character, but then again I don’t really think fans of the series are going to like this film. It’s very funny and I did love it, but I know that if in years to come a show that I loved is turned into a movie that bears little resemblance to the show I wouldn’t like it. So if you’re a Jump Street fan, oddly enough, this may not be the film for you.
Basic plot aside, there really is no real resemblance between the film and the show, the entire tone has been changed and let’s face it Channing Tatum is not going to pass as a teenager, though he was really good in the film as was Jonah Hill who actually co-wrote the script. The film will be in cinemas on the 16th of March and I would recommend it because it’s really funny, but if you’re a massive Jump Street fan don’t expect anything like the original show.
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Last night I was recieved an e-mail, which I read early this morning, from Sony. Don’t worry I’m not in any trouble, but they did announce that there is an embargo on reviews of the 21 Jump Street movie. This means that I have to take the review down until the 5th of March. I apologise for any inconvience this may cause, but the review will still be up a full 10 days before the films release. If you can’t wait until the 5th, just know that it is an extremely funny movie. Thanks for reading.
As of the 5th of March the embargo has been lifted and the full review is online once again and can be read here.