Thursday, March 22, 2012

21 Jump Street Trimmed Review

Hello, Internet.  I'm just going to get this right out of the way:  go see 21 Jump Street.  Its one of the funniest films in years and just works on so many levels.  It hits dramatic and comedic beats so perfectly that its hard to express them in words.

The two best things about 21JS are its leads and its jokes.  Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum (who knew he could be so damn funny?) are incredible as the dynamic duo of 21JS.  They have amazing comedic timing with one another that just works.  It seems effortless, really.  Their dynamic and relationship helps ground this film and stops it from becoming too over the top.  And its already pretty over the top.  The rest of cast is fantastic, with some excellent cameos.

21 Jump Street is just so damn funny.  Its tough to discuss a comedy because comedy is so subjective.  Some people loath South Park and similar fare.  I happen to enjoy a broad range of comedic styles, from the awkwardness of something like Wanderlust, to the incredibly witty, as is the case with Arrested Development.  21 Jump Street is rude, crude, and it doesn't care.  One of the biggest laughs involves fingers in mouths.  That's all I'm going to say.  Its just so damn funny.

Final word:  this isn't your father's 21 Jump Street.  I've never seen the original series, but this is nothing like the original.  True story - an older couple came into the film late and after two f-bombs by the insanely funny Ice Cube, they left the theater, shaking their heads in disgust.  They were there for less than three lines of dialogue.

21 Jump Street is a superbly funny, entertaining action-comedy that I cannot recommend highly enough.

The Bearded Bullet.


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