Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Sequel That's Streets Ahead; FILMS ....with Graham Young

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Sequel That's Streets Ahead; FILMS ....with Graham Young

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Byline: Graham Young

22 JUMP STREET (15) DIRECTORS Phil Lord and Christopher Miller already have the year's biggest and best hit on their hands - The Lego Movie.

Now they're reuniting with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill for a sequel to 21 Jump Street (2012) which reinvented Johnny Depp's 1980s' TV series for the silver screen.

The result is a bigger-budget, whip-sharp comedy about an investigation into criminal mastermind The Ghost (Peter Stormare).

There's a knowing gag about the dangers of sequels but trainee cops Jenko (Tatum) and Schmidt (Hill) have enough chemistry to ignite their bromance on a student bonfire of rib-tickling improbabilities.

After a sting to capture The Ghost fails spectacularly in the opening sequence, the ageing hopefuls have to face disappointed Captain Dickson (Ice Cube) who sends them to university to halt the suppliers of a new drug called WHYPHY (Work Hard? Yes! Play Hard? Yes!).

Undercover, they try different styles of student life from slam poetry to football and sex.

Despite some inevitable lulls, several scenes are as consistently funny as anything we've seen for years.

And, like Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in last year's Heat, the dialogue between the two leads makes up for the holes in the plot.

Tatum's bulked-up physique could easily have turned him into another stiff 'wardrobe' actor like the mid-career Ben Affleck.

But, as well as his ability to do parkour-style stunts without any need for superhero undies, Tatum also has a soft, warm persona.

Roll with it: The bromance is reignited for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in 22 Jump Street, left His confidence has also been clearly boosted by working so closely with co-writer Jonah Hill, a talented actor, who makes for a brilliant stooge and has two recent Oscar nominations - for The Wolf of Wall Street and Moneyball - behind him.

Ice Cube is also on form, even if his best scene merely requires him to hold a funny face.

The denouement is low key tension-wise, but crowd-pleasingly explosive nonetheless.

Some superbly inventive end credits offer an almost limitless range of future options for the franchise.

Only time will tell if 22 Jump Street becomes as revered as Beverly Hills Cop and 48 Hrs were in the 1980s.

But, on this form, it's hard to imagine anyone resisting jumping for a 23rd bite of the cherry.

GRACE OF MONACO (PG) A POTENTIALLY sweeping romantic drama about a Hollywood actress giving up her career for true love's kiss feels more like a fly-on-thewall documentary about EU attempts to inflict a mansion tax on the wealthy in this supposed biopic of "the twentieth century's most iconic Princess".

Nicole Kidman plays Grace Kelly, the Philadelphia-born actress who starred in Dial M For Murder and Rear Window for Alfred Hitchcock and won the 1955 best actress Oscar for The Country Girl. …

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