• ‘22 Jump Street’ is a satisfying sequel

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    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    I’m usually iffy about comedy sequels but because the early reviews were so encouraging, and because the duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (directors of 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie) were behind it, I went to see 22 Jump Street.

    I also think Jonah Hill is becoming one of the best comedians of his generation. Even though people still mix him up with Seth Rogen.

    Channing Tatum, on the other hand, is recognized more as a romantic leading man or action hero but I personally think he does his best work when he’s doing comedy. I was pleasantly surprised by his 22 Jump Street role, and his hilarious cameo in This is The End.

    I can’t help but compare this with another comedy franchise: I was lukewarm about the Hangover sequel. By the time Hangover 3 came around, it felt like the proverbial dead horse was being flogged.

    Granted, while we’re all watching the same Jump Street story, it does have some plausibility vs. The Hangover sequel. The latter felt very forced while 22 Jump Street is based on a series where the main characters found themselves in more or less the same situation each episode—going undercover, infiltrating schools, and weeding out the bad seeds.

    Here, Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) go to college to nail yet another drug dealer. In the course of their investigation though—Schmidt finds himself in a sticky romance, while a major bro–mance is the air for Jenko.

    Hill and Tatum have their timing and chemistry down and the film has few surprises here and there. Stay for the very clever closing credits.

    Another sequel is also out: Transformers: Age of Extinction. However, the previous sequels were horrible, and I’ve had too much bombast already with Godzilla. I still am much happier with Pacific Rim.

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    Congratulations are in order for the participants and the organizers of the 13th annual Toy Con. The SM Megatrade Halls were fully packed all of last weekend. The merchandise and collections are a big reason to go, but my number one reason was the costumes. I saw so many amazing cosplayers and such well-crafted get-ups. The whole mall was bursting with them all three days.

    Warner Brothers displayed the actual costumes from Rurouni Kenshin. The first Rurouni Kenshin film screened in 2012 at the SM malls because fans were making so much noise to have the movie released here. It became such a surprise hit here and worldwide—it’s no wonder two Rurouni Kenshin sequels: Kyoto Inferno and Densetsu no Saigo-hen will be released this year.

    Marvel’s Guardian’s of the Galaxy was also promoted at Toy Con. It should be out by the end of July.

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