Friday, May 4, 2012

21 Jump Street

WORTH IT: I am just going to come out and say it--Yes, this movie is hilarious. The trailer teases a highly anticipated laugh-fest, but I know I am not alone when I say that always tends to make me a bit weary of a cheesy, raunchy, overall let-down. So let me just save you that neuro-effort and say that it really is actually funny.

The story is simple--two bottom-of-the-rung cops get sent back to high school, undercover, to bring down a synthetic drug ring. An insult to the original? With a wink, I'll say no way...and hope that's enough to make you watch it.

With flying colors, I give my stamp of approval to an endearing combination of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Not only do they make a believable duo (and Tatum is just not that hard to look at), but the chemistry that exists between their lines snatches laughs at every level with almost every line. I think I actually slapped my knee a few times. It's probably a lot to do with the fact that Hill is an Oscar-nominated Actor now, so you know he wouldn't just take any script. And not to mention there are so many fun people packed into this flick that you really shouldn't miss out on the fun.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

MUST-SEE: There's no point in denying the possibility of a movie failing to please when it involves two adorable Brits and fishing as a way to illustrate overcoming the impossible. So I won't. It was fabulous.

A feel-good movie that's overdue in theaters (probably since you saw Director Lasse Hallstrom's previous happy flicks, Hachi, Chocolat or Something to Talk About) introduces us to Miss
Chetwood-Tolbert and Dr. Jones--two quirky, witty and irresistibly innocent individuals completely unaware that they're looking for a happier life. Keenly played by Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor, they're intertwined via a project to introduce salmon fishing into the Yemen. Theoretically, it's impossible, and the feat undeniably teaches our protagonists a little something about faith, hope and camaraderie.

The story is light, tender and just funny enough to appeal to any audience. From beginning to end, nothing left me unsatisfied, confused or comparing it to something else. Truly, it's been awhile since a movie left me feeling so good, and I definitely want to make sure you get to experience it too.