[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 (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.
Read on to see all the films watched this year…