DVD 22 Jump Street: Remember that sinking feeling when you realized The Hangover II was just a pure money grab that left for dead the audience’s love of the original simply so someone in Hollywood could buy another Tesla? Well, that’s not going to happen with 22 Jump Street, a sequel that has as many laughs as a Texas spring has tornadoes.
The whole thing — from the mock, TV-episode opening (“previously on 21 Jump Street”) to the wickedly inspired closing credits imagining future sequels — is a beautiful surprise.
It helps that the original directors (Phil Lord, Christopher Miller), main writer (Michael Bacall) and the core of the cast (Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Ice Cube) are back. It also helps that they’ve returned with their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks. This silly movie is a whip-smart commentary on sequels, but more than that, it’s just plain funny.
Maybe it shouldn’t be shocking that 22 Jump Street is as good as it is. After all, Lord and Miller are responsible for the well-regarded Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and The Lego Movie. They have pop-culture smarts and a sense of visual energy.
On DVD and Blu-ray.
Also new: Into the Storm; The Wind Rises; If I Stay; Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For; Automata; And So It Goes; Ragnarok
— Cary Darling