- Directed by: Christopher Miller and Phil Lord
- With: Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube
- 112 Minutes
They’re back, stronger, funnier and definitely better! Channing Tatum (Jenko) joins forces once again with Jonah Hill (Schmidt) for another crazy journey in search for drug dealers and this time the targets are college students. When a powerful drug that is capable of maintaining the students focus on their studies and turning them into party animals after that, a college student ends up dead and our favorite team of secret agents is called to find out who the dealer is. A mission that looks a lot like the first one from “21 Jump Street” but filled with lots of funny references.
As college students, Schmidt and Jenko, will have to infiltrate into several groups to reach the bad guys and will have to learn how to behave in this new world unknown to both of them. They’ll meet some awkward people and their friendship will be once again under thin ice after meeting some really cool guys/chicks that share with them some of their thoughts. In the end, Jenko and Schmidt will have to do a great job if they want to accomplish their mission before a tragedy happens.
Alongside with this power couple, Ice Cube is also back with his funny character, Captain Dickson, and with several amazing jokes that made everyone in the theater laugh really hard. Again, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were able to impress me a lot and this time with a sequel giving me more evidences that their future is really promising. Instead of being just a sequel that follows the successful formula of the original movie, “22 Jump Street” started with the right foot and ended in an absolutely terrific way. With a faster and funnier pace, Jenko and Schmidt have to try a lot harder to infiltrate the new place since this time the students are smarter.
With their friendship at stake, Jenko and Schmidt older mentalities are able to give some drama to the storyline which worked really well and made the whole thing even better. The jokes are great with some moments of continuous laughter, Ice Cube’s performance is always funny to watch and Channing Tatum’s charisma is somewhat impressive and captivating which has become clearer after both “21 Jump Street” and “Magic Mike”. But perhaps the biggest highlight of the movie goes to Jonah Hill, who was already nominated two times for the Academy Awards and who has shown again that he is really capable of giving kick-ass performances in the comedy field.
“22 Jump Street” is, in my opinion, the funniest movie I’ve seen this year so far, tearing apart “Bad Neighbors” in every single minute of its length with lots of action sequences and funny scenes. With the right amount of action and comedy combined, this movie alongside with the original is a successful formula that has pleased both audiences and critics worldwide. If you enjoyed the first one as much as I did I can assure you that this ride will surprise you even more. With more action, more enthusiasm, more jokes and with and an ending that was probably one of the funniest I’ve seen, “22 Jump Street” is an amazing movie that delivered all of my expectations and that was even capable of surprising me a bit. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller nailed it once again and the team that conquered everyone in “21 Jump Street” was capable of showing that it’s still possible to make an awesome sequel.