22 Jump Street is the follow up to the surprise hit, 21 Jump Street, a film based on the late 80s/early 90s TV show of the same name, most famous for launching the career of Johnny Depp. We watched 21 Jump Street on DVD, a while after it came out, not really expecting much and were seriously pleasantly surprised. It was fast, funny, cheeky and messy in a good way. I have a soft spot for Channing Tatum, as I think he was under-rated as a performer for quite a long time and it was great to see him do some out and out comedy. He and Jonah Hill (who co-wrote the story) were an effective double act and the result was an unlikely-duo-buddy-cop movie of the best sort.
When a sequel was announced I was a little dubious. Trying to repeat success just because you can is sometimes a bad idea. 21 Jump Street certainly left the door open for further films, but still, I was apprehensive. Then the trailer rolled around and I started to warm up to the idea. Then the buzz built. By the time we watched the movie this weekend, I was positively stoked.