BY Jo Ann Madarang
After making their way through high school for the second time to bust a drug ring, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) go undercover (again) at a local college to bust another drug ring. Piece of cake? Of course not.
Sequels, like movie adaptation of books, are complicated. In addition to having to be good, these movies have to be better than (or at least, as good as) the first movie or the book from which it was adapted from. 22 Jump Street meets this challenge head on using three effective ways:
1. By directly addressing the fact that this is a sequel, through well-timed jokes and jibes delivered by the lead characters Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) all throughout the movie. It helped that Hill and Tatum have good chemistry and timing.
2. By using what made 21 Jump Street work…and adding to that. The most glaring improvement in 22 Jump Street is that it has very good editing, making the transition between scenes almost flawless. Some of the jokes in the movie were funny because of the crisp editing, similar to the editing in How I Met Your Mother. I can’t remember Channing Tatum being funny in 21 Jump Street but he is hilarious in 22 Jump Street.
3. By being its own movie. No one can deny that 21 Jump Street was good but the people behind 22 Jump Street knows that it cannot ride on 21‘s coattails forever.Thus, it had to introduce something to the Schmidt and Jenko dynamic that wasn’t present in 21. And it did. 22 explored the necessity that Schmidt and Jenko mature as individuals first before their friendship can.
The Verdict: If you’re looking for a movie that will make you laugh, 22 Jump Street will not disappoint.
22 Jump Street, distributed by Columbia Pictures, is now showing in Philippine cinemas.