Wednesday, January 11, 2017

22 Jump Street

I found myself watching 22 Jump Street the other day. It was just as good as the first movie.

Back in 2012, I watched 21 Jump Street after vowing I would never do so. The original television series was one of my favourite shows from childhood. The move was a comedy, the television series was a drama, so I felt the idea behind the movie was tainting the legacy of 21 Jump Street.

A friend of mine got hold of a pirate DVD of 21 Jump Street and gave it to me. I had no choice but to watch.

As I pointed out in a post published on May 6th 2012, I was surprised with the result. I didn't hate on it as much as I thought I would. In fact - I didn't hate on it at all!

I had bought the sequel on Blu-ray a number of months ago, but only just managed to get around to watching it. The plotline was somewhat similar to the first, but it was just as fun.

One of the fun things about watching the movie are the subtle references to the TV show. I had heard that Dustin Nguyen - who played Harry Ioki in the series - was in it briefly. I couldn't find him at all so had to Google it afterwards.

There was a scene when the two main characters are tripping after taking drugs and Ioki, or rather Nguyen, was the Vietnamese Jesus in the scene. (Long story!). It was a blink and you miss it moment.

Another character from the series, who later ended up with his own spin-off show, Dennis Booker also showed up in a comedy spot at the end.

I closed out the 2012 post where I urged original 21 Jump Street fans to watch the movie. I think the same about this one. Fans of the original will get a little more out of it than the rest.

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