100 movies of 2012

100 movies: 21 Jump Street

[yellow_box]Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy![/yellow_box]

21 Jump Street 21 Jump Street (29/07/12)

A pair of under achieving cops are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.

So, film version of an old 80s TV show, eh? Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Yeah, that didn’t sound like a good idea. Maybe that was the whole point. It was flying below radar. Undercover. Then BAM. It hits you with the funnies.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say, I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. Because I know I have. I’ve laughed harder. But the fact that I actually laughed out loud in while watching this is pretty damn impressive. I’m usually a silent smirker. Rarely an all out laugher.

Channing Tatum’s done well for himself here. He’s not the best of actors out there (A fact I think he’s stated himself.) but here, he just works so damn well. Ok, maybe not the greasy, long-haired high school version of his character. But the later version of his character. Ever so slightly dumb but a sensitive soul. Bless him.

Jonah Hill – I have never really been able to stand him all that much. And no, I have not seen Superbad. He’s one of the reasons I haven’t seen that film! But here, I could stand him. Perhaps it was the pairing of him and Channing Tatum. Two negatives make a pretty good positive. It just worked.

The film itself was a lot of fun to watch. Great mix of slapstick comedy and action. All culminating in a ridiculously over the top climax which I still chuckle to myself about. The cameos that were thrown in there were just the icing on the cake. The film probably didn’t need them – it stood up well enough without them. But it was a nice throwback.

A great little undercover comedy. Loved it.
Rating: 5/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

59 Films so far this year

  1. The Tourist 1/5 (02/01/12)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5/5 (03/01/12)
  3. World’s Greatest Dad 2/5 (14/01/12)
  4. Haywire 3/5 (19/01/12)
  5. Dead Snow 3/5 (20/01/12)
  6. The Artist 5/5 (21/01/12)
  7. Priest 2/5 (05/02/12)
  8. The Muppets 5/5 (15/02/12)
  9. Faster 4/5 (19/02/12)
  10. Chronicle 4/5 (22/02/12)
  11. Safe House 4/5 (24/02/12)
  12. Reservoir Dogs 4/5 (25/02/12)
  13. This Means War 4/5 (02/03/12)
  14. The Royal Tenenbaums 3/5 (03/03/12)
  15. Reign of Fire 3/5 (04/03/12)
  16. Dear John 2/5 (04/03/12)
  17. Road to Perdition 5/5 (05/03/12)
  18. The Three Musketeers 3/5 (06/03/12)
  19. The Eagle 2/5 (10/03/12)
  20. Everybody’s Fine 2/5 (14/03/12)
  21. Frankenstein 4/5 (15/03/12)
  22. Love and Other Drugs 2/5 (15/03/12)
  23. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger 2/5 (17/03/12)
  24. The Big Lebowski 5/5 (18/03/12)
  25. The Hunger Games 3/5 (23/03/12)
  26. Headhunters 4/5 (07/04/12)
  27. Super 1/5 (07/04/12)
  28. The Cabin in the Woods 5/5 (13/04/12)
  29. Watchmen 4/5 (14/04/12)
  30. The Hurt Locker 3/5 (21/04/12)
  31. Avengers Assemble 5/5 (26/04/12)
  32. 22 Bullets 2/5 (28/04/12)
  33. Bad Teacher 1/5 (29/04/12)
  34. Red Riding Hood 1/5 (04/05/12)
  35. A Perfect Getaway 4/5 (05/05/12)
  36. Ca$h 1/5 (13/05/12)
  37. Kung Fu Panda 2 3/5 (14/05/12)
  38. Everything Must Go 2/5 (24/05/12)
  39. New York, I Love You 2/5 (25/05/12)
  40. Beginners 4/5 (26/05/12)
  41. Prometheus 4/5 (03/06/12)
  42. The Tree of Life 2/5 (04/06/12)
  43. The Lovely Bones 3/5 (05/06/12)
  44. Snow White and the Huntsman 3/5 (06/06/12)
  45. The Devil’s Backbone 4/5 (07/06/12)
  46. Britain in a Day 5/5 (11/06/12)
  47. The French Connection 4/5 (15/06/12)
  48. Insomnia 3/5 (16/06/12)
  49. Rebel Without a Cause 4/5 (22/06/12)
  50. A Lonely Place to Die 3/5 (26/06/12)
  51. Killer Joe 3/5 (29/06/12)
  52. The Amazing Spider-Man 4/5 (03/07/12)
  53. Raising Arizona 4/5 (04/07/12)
  54. Horrible Bosses 4/5 (06/07/12)
  55. Broadcast News 3/5 (07/07/12)
  56. We Need to Talk About Kevin 4/5 (07/07/12)
  57. Miller’s Crossing 4/5 (18/07/12)
  58. The Dark Knight Rises 5/5 (20/07/12)
  59. 21 Jump Street 5/5 (29/07/12)
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22 Comments

  • Reply sati August 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Glad you liked the movie so much! For me it’s so far best comedy of the year. Loved Depp’s cameo it was absolutely hilarious. I really like Jonah Hill, you should totally see Superbad, one of my favorite comedies and it never fails to make me laugh.

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Jonah Hill really puts me off Superbad, but after seeing this, I’m a bit more interested.

  • Reply Aidy August 4, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I never thought about watching 21 Jump Street, but maybe your review will motivate me to give it a try. Also, the tagline on that movie poster is pretty funny!

    • Reply Jaina August 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      It is a lot funnier than I was expecting!

      (Also, randomly, for some reason your comments came up in my spam queue!)

  • Reply Jen August 5, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Hey girl!!! How’s your vacation? It must be nice to get away from all the Olympic craziness, uh?

    Anyway, I loved this movie, too. I was quite shocked how funny it was going to be. I liked how the cool kids were kinda hippie-ish and that Hill and Tatum didn’t play their typical dorky/jock self. I liked that a lot. I think that was the saving grace of this movie. I wished they didn’t use Ice Cube as much. I wanted Ron Swanson (aka Nick Offerman) more. He is too funny. I thought the cameos were funny. I wasn’t expecting that at all.

    Great review, girl.

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      It was brilliant to get away from the Olympic craziness but I did spend a lot of time catching it on TV!

      I know I would NOT survive if I went back to High School right now.

  • Reply Dan O. August 6, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Very, very funny movie that made me feel that once again, Channing Tatum can and will be the next big star of Hollywood. And with a year that he’s had so far with 2012, it only seems like that’s going to be a true statement. Nice review Jaina.

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Channing’s done very well for himself. As much as I don’t think he’s a huge talent, I’ve gained some respect for him, and do wish him to keep on going up. He’s done some great films this year.

  • Reply Scott Lawlor August 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    NIce!! I loved this one too!! Probably not a 5/5 but very very close!!

    Thanks for sharing Jaina

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      I would have put it as 4.5 but … rules!

      Very funny film.

  • Reply Fogs' Movie Reviews August 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Wow, 5 of 5! Damn! It hit a home run with you, huh? 😀

    I liked it a lot, I was really surprised by it too. I think I’d be at more of a 4 though, but still.

    You know, maybe if you HAD seen Superbad, you’d LIKE Jonah Hill more. 😀 Superbad is awesome.

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      There is just something about Jonah Hill that I don’t like… I cant put my finger on it!

  • Reply ruth August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I like this too, but not exactly a perfect score kind of film. Still, the fact that I enjoyed this so much and it’s got two actors I generally don’t care for is a pleasant surprise! I LOVE the Johnny Depp cameo!

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

      The cameo was brilliant! Sadly, I sort of guessed it. Great having Dom DeLuise in there too, what with him being from the original too. That was a bit of a give away. But still, great cameo!

  • Reply Eric August 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Wow, shocked to see a full 5/5 here, but yeah this is definitely one of the year’s biggest surprises so far. I’m with Sati and Fogs here — now you’ve gotta see Superbad!

    • Reply Jaina August 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      Right, that’s far too many people saying I need to see Superbad. You’ve got me convinced!

  • Reply Jen August 9, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Sorry to comment again, but I just wanted to let you know….

    I’m participating in the Liebster Blog Award. Now it’s my turn to award you! I totally understand if you don’t want to participate. I just want to show you how much I love and appreciate your blog/friendship. http://jenkakio.com/2012/08/08/liebster-blog-award-from-3-guys-1-movie/

  • Reply lisacng August 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Whoa! 5 out of 5, really? My SIL also said it was FUNNY! I’m adding it to my list :)!

    • Reply Jaina August 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

      It’s so very funny. If you need a laugh you couldn’t do any better than this, this year!

  • Reply Nostra August 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Nice to hear you liked it. Like you I wasn’t expecting much of it and it was a very pleasant surprise.

  • Reply Alexander Diminiano November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I had trouble putting a lid on my laughter with this one.

    http://www.themoviefreakblog.com/review-21-jump-street

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