Thursday, 10 July 2014

Films for Thoughts on Thursday: 22 Jump Street


This is a weekly meme that I am hosting here at Reviews from a Bookworm. To take part all you have to do is share a movie review once a week, link back to Reviews from a Bookworm and add your link to the linky tool.


This weeks movie review will be for:


22 Jump Street


I stated in last weeks post that I hoped I'd be reviewing How To Train Your Dragon 2 today, clearly that's not the case! I had it all planned to see it on Wednesday, just in time for today's post. Sadly, I didn't realise it at the time but, the movie isn't out at my local cinema until Friday. As I already had it planned to meet my friend to go cinema, we ended up just going to see something else instead. She wanted to see 22 Jump Street and so we went to that.

I had seen the first film but, in all honesty, I wasn't a massive fan of it. I thought it was an okay film but it wasn't anything special. It definitely had some funny moments but it definitely didn't make it onto my list of favourite comedy films. I thought Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum worked well together in it and were a great pairing, but the movie as a whole was disappointing. I had no desire to see the sequel, I had heard it was better than the first and that did peak my interest a bit. I went into the sequel with little to no expectations, which could only be a good thing.

I was really happy to find that the sequel was definitely a lot better than the first film. I found it a whole lot funnier and me and my friend were laughing a lot. It did have a few uncomfortable jokes that made me cringe way more than they made me laugh. But, for me at least, this just seemed like such a better comedy film than the first. I think it's because the movie made fun of itself and the main cast. It made so many jokes about the fact they were even making a sequel; basically a more expensive copy of the first film. Those jokes were probably some of the funniest and they worked really well.

The general storyline, as they point out a lot in the film, is very similar to the first film, except for the fact they are now in college. They are sent undercover to track down the supplier of a new drug known as Whyphy. They get stuck into college life and hilarious antics ensue, as was expected. The storyline was one that worked for them in the first movie and they stick to it well here. They change enough, whilst also bringing attention to the fact that it is strikingly similar in so many ways.

One thing that I did have an issue with was the length of the film. I really do miss the days where most comedy movies were only 90 minutes in length or so. Nowadays they are all around 120 minutes, it's good in some ways but can make a movie feel like it drags. In my opinion, 22 Jump Street could have done with being about twenty minutes shorter. It was a good film but it did seem to go on a bit too long, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been more concise. There wasn't really enough going on plot wise to really justify the long length of the movie.


6.5/10 Butterflies

I did enjoy this way more than the first film, it was a whole lot funnier and the plot ran more smoothly. It was similar to the first film in a lot of ways, but that was intentional. The jokes the movie makes about itself and it's stars were probably some of the funniest. These definitely aren't on my list of favourite comedy films, but I do think that 22 Jump Street is an enjoyable and funny enough film if you're in the mood for a comedy. 







I have been meaning to take part in both of the following memes for a while now, so its nice to finally be able to get to them. I will be taking part in Reading is Fun Again's Thoughtful Thursday and Okay, Let's Read's  Thursday Thoughts, picking between them or doing both topics each week.


Book Tastes

Currently, do you feel like you have a set genre or type of book that is your go-to and people know as "your genre"? Is there a genre that you've always loved or been drawn to in particular? Have you noticed your taste in books changing over time? Is there a genre or type of book that you used to love, but no longer read/enjoy? If so, what genre and why do think that is?

Honest answer is no. I do love dystopian fiction, and maybe that is my go-to genre but I don't now any more. I do know that I read a lot less adult fiction now, barely any at all since I started blogging. I used to read a lot more and feel like that's something I need to change, there are some favourite adult fiction authors that I miss reading. 


Series Length

Is there a magic number for the number of books in a series for you? Will you only read a series with four or less books in a completed series? Do you prefer longer series (10+ books)? Does the number of books in a series matter?

My all time favourite series is Harry Potter, which is seven books in length, so I can handle a long series. But, like a lot of people, I am incredibly impatient and the wait between books kills me. I forget what happens and then I have to go back and reread the rest of the books. Once you have more than 5 books, that can be pretty time consuming. I do prefer shorter series - 3 to 4 books. But that's just because I hate waiting. I love finding characters and worlds I love, if an author could write a 10 book series that doesn't get worse as time goes on, doesn't have a horrible ending and works well then I am more than happy to read it.






My Weekly Book Haul: 05/07/2014
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Split Second by Kasie West: 4/5 Review


14 comments:

  1. I don't really have a go-to genre anymore either! A year ago I would have definitely said dystopian, but it's honestly tired me out to pieces. The rate of finding good dystopians? Nada. (Although is The Program considered dystopian? It was brilliant.) I'd definitely say I gravitate more towards the magical/epic stuff than contemporaries though. Um, well, this IS coming from the person who's read twice as much contemporaries this month than fantasy. -_- Sometimes I don't like how ARCs dictate my reading.

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    1. Haha, I am happy I am not the only one. I love dystopian but since the Hunger Games exploded, it's EVERYWHERE! There are just so many dystopian novels now, and only a few really amazing one. I believe it is and I LOVED THAT! Wasn't a fan of the sequel anywhere near as much though. Me either, I have been ignoring my ARCs a lot because of this.

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  2. I completely agree about the wait between books in series! Most annoying one was Animorphs. I quite often went back to read the whole series when a new one came out, when I was a kid. Brian Jacques' Redwall, too! I try not to read ongoing series now, but it happens anyway...

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    1. It happens to me too, even though I hate it. I am more inclined to start a longer series if all the books are out. Less so if it requires waiting!

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  3. I love series but I am always drawn to trilogies more I think because I know it will be done after 3 books where in series you just never know and more often than not, it could have ended way sooner than they seem to.

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    1. I think I am drawn more to trilogies as well, or series where they have a set number planned from the very beginning.

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  4. I'm also a pretty big fan of trilogies. I was pretty disappointed when the Mortal Instruments series went from being a trilogy to having what? Five? Six books? I had come to terms with the fact that the series had ended, and then it just decided to start up again.
    If you're looking for any fantasy adult fiction authors, I'd recommend checking out Patricia Briggs. She's one of my favorites. :)

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    1. I will definitely look her up, recognise the name but aren't very familiar with her books.

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  5. Ok, I saw 22 Jump Street without seeing the first one and I was so lost! :) Just kidding. It was pretty stupid, but fun. I completely agree about the length, though, I was just talking to someone the other day about this. Comedies like this should be 90 minutes, max. And so many movies are just way too long.

    As far as genres, I've been reading a lot of fantasy lately, but I still love dystopian and paranormal too. And I'll read contemporary YA, but only if people are raving about it (and usually just the light and fluffy ones).

    It's hard to say about series length, but I've been noticing more and more that trilogies are just one big story broken up into three books versus longer series tend to have main plots within each book and then there are certain overarching things that carry over the entire series. And I like that. So maybe longer series? I really enjoyed The Covenant series by JLA and VA by Richelle Mead (and I'm loving Bloodlines). And of course Harry Potter. And with longer series you don't have the middle book syndrome that is so prevalent in trilogies. ~Pam

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    1. Sooo many! I don't know when they suddenly decided that every film needed to be 2 hours long. It's absolutely not necessary, it's necessary for films like LOTR to be really long. But, honestly, a really silly comedy?!? Nope, keep it at 90 please.

      I hate when trilogies do that, I heard that the Ruby Red series was like that. I hated the first book because you can just feel that when you're reading it. I was not a fan.

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  6. I don't read much adult literature anymore either. I read a lot of it in high school for school, (like the classics and whatnot). I do want to start reading some more adult books though too. I have been enjoying mixing up the genres, so it would be good for me to add some adult books into the mix as well. Eventually. Great answer! And thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  7. Hm, I want to see 22 Jump Street, but because I found the first one so funny. I hadn't heard about it at all when I watched it, which helped, because then I had no expectations. But if this is better than the last, then I am sure it's worth my time! As for series lengths, I don't mind usually. I love reading stand alone, novellas, series, as long as each book has a point and doesn't feel too dragged out. I think a perfect example of an awesome series would be the Gone series by Michael Grant.

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    1. I did enjoy it more than the first but it was a bit too long. I think they needed to keep it at the standard 90mins.

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