All they do is recycle s#!t form the past and expect us not to notice.
A little bit of honesty, a hint of integrity go a long way with audiences who want only a movie that acknowledges what it is and delivers full-on with
its premise, eschewing some half-baked, play-it-safe excuse for a motion picture with a genuine cinema surprise that's all-in and takes no easy way
Despite what studios might think, audiences aren't stupid, and they want something that doesn't insult their intelligence or spark yet another case
of cinema déjà vu. But at the same time, audiences happily part with their hard-earned moviegoing dollar for the same kind of nonsense week in
and week out, forking over what is now, it seems, a bundle of cash for the "privilege" of watching another tired remake, sequel, or project sourced
from something off the long-dead scrapheap, whatever it is probably replete with a stale plot, a clichéd script, a generic rhythm, dull characters, and
a celluloid middle finger
subliminally hovering over every frame (particularly if the movie is in 3D). Studios see easy money, audiences see an air conditioned retreat; an
easy date; an escape from reality; a few maybe even something they genuinely want to see, believing this is it, this is when they will finally
get one right. In other words, they find an excuse to go to the movies rather than go to the movies with an expectant
anticipation. Well, it's time audience wants finally collide with a studio re-imagining, when money spent is an honest good time earned. 21
Jump Street is the gloriously fun and grossly over-the-top adults-only exception to the cookie cutter rule. It slaps convention in the face,
roots, and refuses to duck back under the safety net that's caught so many movies over the years. 21 Jump Street defies everything
audiences know about these sorts of movies, knowingly accepting its place in cinema and happily and willingly bucking the trend that's dashed
hopes and all but destroyed the magic of the movies. In other words, this is the one everyone's been waiting for.
High school heroes.
You wanna be friends?
They were the flunky jock and the friendless nerd in high school. That was 2005, this is 2012. A lot has changed in that time, but much remains
the same. Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum, The Vow) still can't pass a test and Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill, Superbad) still cannot make heads or tales of social situations.
But fate has brought them together once again, reuniting them at police academy where their one-time acquaintanceship in the hallowed halls of
high school means they're a natural fit for friendship as adults, even if they share almost nothing in common save for the uniform they wear. The
truth is that they are the perfect duo; between them there's one good cop, a combination of athleticism, street smarts, and raw knowledge that
makes them a force to be reckoned with -- if they can get on the same page and realize that police work isn't a real-life movie. When they bungle a
bust, it becomes clear that this twosome would be better utilized as part of a revitalized program from the 1980s. Their mission: to pose as brothers
and infiltrate a local high school where a new super drug, known as "HFS," is just getting off the ground. They are to wiggle their way into the
circle and unearth the identity of the supplier making it all happen. But that won't be an easy task, particularly when their identities are swapped
and Jenko is forced into advanced classes and the nerd-osphere while Schmidt must play the part of the jock and popular kid. Can they survive high
school a second time, and survive it playing the part they loathed back in the day?
Embrace your stereotypes.
There are many things 21 Jump Street does well -- very well, really -- and only a few it does not-so-well, yet even when it comes to
the latter the movie doesn't feel as if it's doing a disservice to its audience or taking the easy way, sneaking by and hoping nobody will notice amidst
the deluge of positives on
Sure the entire "undercover," "drugs," and "big car chase/shootout at the end" elements lack general creativity, but it's what the film does
with those elements down at the nitty-gritty detail level that allow them to contextually work and make the movie such a success. Even the end
shootout and climactic car chase are handled with some novelty and either return to ideas introduced earlier in the film or work in some extreme
verbal and physical elements that might be called "the 21 Jump Street way of doing things," which is to take a stale and tired idea and
reshape it into something unexpected and very welcome. The result is a movie with nary a dull moment and those moments that audiences
expect to be dull playing as anything but. 21 Jump Street never really feels like a re-imagining or a cheap, thoughtless
plundering of old source material. That's the key here, that the movie is shaped in its own image rather than that of something from the
that it playfully dances with the old 80s show rather than take it as its one and only. In essence, the title gives the movie a familiarity, and a few
cameos and a handful of elements that hearken back to the original show are welcome, but 21 Jump Street is otherwise very much its own
defined by a sharp script, knowing direction, quick editing, and two fabulous lead performances.
I think you idiots are perfect.
To be sure, it's that merging of the scriptwriting, direction, editing, and acting that come together in near perfect harmony to
create something that's both in the mainstream and out of it, cutting edge while sourced from the aged, clever and hip even if bulky, general
elements appear superficially stale. Perhaps the film's finest asset is its refusal to take the easy, profitable road of a generic PG-13 venture.
21 Jump Street earns its "R" rating -- it really earns it; there are no corners cut here -- and does so gleefully and almost with a
strange sense of superiority over lesser movies that have chosen to be something else because some studio bigwig decreed such, not because the
movie was better off for it. But the key to 21 Jump Street is that the vulgarity doesn't feel forced into the movie at all. It's a natural
extension of the 21 Jump Street World, and it's there because it should be, not because it can be, which is probably why it
wasn't watered down for that sought-after PG-13 rating; anyone can see (and hear) that the crudeness shapes the movie, while it's the
acting and directing that define it. Indeed, Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller find the perfect humorous cadence for the film, a cadence that
accentuates the meshing of every element, including plot, characterization, language, physical gags, action, and absurdity. The movie consistently
plays -- from the opening high school scene all the way to the sequel-promising closing seconds -- with the perfect rhythm of action movie slick and
serious and over-the-top comedic fun. But for as extreme as it all appears to be, the movie feels always balanced and ready to tackle the next big
thing it has in store, defined by an uncanny flow that leaves audiences in stitches and in anticipation for what's to come. Jonah Hill and Channing
Tatum absolutely nail the parts, the former playing a character who is like the younger, partially rejected smart but hesitant brother of Hill's own
character in Moneyball, while Tatum finds a friendliness and self-assuredness even
through his lack of smarts, making this the perfect on-screen pairing.
21 Jump Street's 1080p Blu-ray transfer appears consistently dim. The image is rarely what one might consider "vibrant," instead favoring a
slightly drained brightness setting that leads to a few flat details, even in brighter exteriors. Certainly, bright natural greens, brilliant yellow school
busses, and other lively hues impress in well-lit or daytime scenes, but many interiors struggle to find significant visual vigor. This leads to pasty skin
textures and a general, evident, slight drain from "the norm." Details in those brighter scenes appear steady and impressive, nothing worthy of much
fanfare in the greater Blu-ray universe, but sufficiently reproduced down to the finest little facial nuance, clothing line, or general object crispness and
definition around the frame. The darker scenes remain steady, sharp, and focused, but never deliver much in the way of a "wow" factor. However,
levels impress throughout, and the image suffers from no immediately evident cases of banding, blockiness, or other eyesores. 21 Jump Street
probably won't become a go-to title for Blu-ray video demonstration purposes -- it's technically proficient but visually bland -- but Sony's transfer
shouldn't hinder one's enjoyment of the movie.
21 Jump Street's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack excels with every new scene, each new sonic challenge. Music plays with
supreme clarity through the entire range, from piercing highs to rattling lows, particularly evident in the many blaring popular songs that shape the
movie's dynamics. Whether the opening Eminem tune or the din of music filling a house party in chapter eight, the track delivers clean, tough, precise
notes that pull the listener into the movie. Surround support is evident and shapely, pleasantly immersive and more energizer when needed. Whether
hardcore action scenes that spit out dynamo sonic elements from every corner of the soundstage or the pleasant din of a bustling school hallway, the
track always seems capable of enveloping the listener in the action or environment, no matter how prominent and critical to the film or simply filling out
the realism end of the spectrum. Gunfire blasts through every speaker in the big shootout at the end, while explosions send a strong wallop through the
listening area. Dialogue is clean and accurate, flowing easily from the center channel and never forced to battle surrounding elements for
front-and-center supremacy. This is a high quality, high output, highly enjoyable soundtrack from Sony.
21 Jump Street features a quality collection of extras, including a commentary track, plenty of deleted scenes, and several featurettes.
Audio Commentary: Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are joined by Actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. They deliver a lively
commentary where everyone speaks simultaneously, resulting in occasional substance competing with -- and sometimes lost under -- an avalanche of
laughter and jabber. Fans of the film and the participants will enjoy the chatter, but those looking for one-hundred-percent hard commentary will
want to skip.
Deleted Scenes (1080p, 29:32): Not So Slim Shady, Meet Captain Dickson, Teenaging the F*ck Up, More Rules of Jump Street, Meet
the Schmidts -- Extended, Lunch Plans, Principal's Office -- Extended, Marigold and Levy Commercial with Mr. Gordon, Law & Order with Mr. Gordon,
Ms. Griggs' Lesson on Bonds, Jenko Joins the Band, Late Night Chat, My Character & Your Character, The Nerds Discover Alcohol, More Partyin',
Awesome Dr. Pepper Joke, Braggable Stuff, Eric's Last Chance for Happiness, The Bad Guys Go to Jail, and Jump Street Flashback.
Gag Reel (1080p, 4:58).
Cube-O-Rama (1080p, 1:53): An Ice Cube montage of takes from several scenes.
Back to School (1080p, 7:43): A short supplement that features cast and crew discussing the changing face of high school and how the
modern high school landscape shapes the film. Also discussed is the plot and the work of the cast, intermixed with some random humorous insights.
Brothers in Arms (1080p, 6:24): A closer look at the Channing Tatum-Jonah Hill tandem.
Johnny Depp on Set (1080p, 4:42): Cast and crew discuss the Depp cameo.
The Rob Riggle Show (1080p, 9:24): Cast and crew heap the praise on the 21 Jump Street actor, complete with
behind-the-scenes footage and clips from the film.
Peter Pan on the Freeway (1080p, 4:12): A random collection of footage from the making of the freeway chase scene.
21 Jump Street is a raucous and verbally raunchy Comedy/Action hybrid that embraces its uncanny ability to source from older material and
craft an end product that's barely recognizable by either 1980s or even 2011 standards. The movie isn't really new, it's more
courageous, willing to do what it wants, on its own terms and in its own time, "play it safe" be damned. This is a movie that goes all-out,
unabashedly releasing the proverbial hounds and allowing them to run loose and all over modern convention and cinema-think. But just because
it's vulgar doesn't mean it's good. It's how naturally it all flows from the characters and the story that makes it work, and thank the clever
incredible direction, and first-rate lead performances for making it happen. 21 Jump Street isn't your father's "21 Jump Street," and it's not
even your older brother's lazy TV remake. This is a wonderfully unique little experience that's fun, funny, and one of the year's can't-miss movies.
Sony's Blu-ray release of 21 Jump Street features quality video, strong audio, and a fine assortment of extras. This is one of the year's better
Blu-ray releases, and it comes highly recommended.
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