When I heard they were remaking 21 Jump Street, I questioned if anyone actually asked for a movie reboot.
When I heard that Jonah Hill was co-writing and starring in it, I was curious but dreading the idea of the good but somewhat cheesy ’80s cop show (which launched the career of Johnny Depp) being turned into a crude comedy.
Remaking a hit TV show into a movie has always been hit-and-miss, especially the often baffling practice of turning a drama into a comedy. But much to my surprise, early reviews are very strong and many critics who might have gone in expecting to hate it, came out pleasantly surprised and even singing its praises.
Hill himself gave probably the best description of what to expect of it, saying it is a cross between Bad Boys and a John Hughes movie.
Hill and Channing Tatum star as rookie cops who are more than ready to leave their adolescent problems behind. But the two have a less-than-stellar start on the force and, along with their youthful appearance, get themselves re-assigned to the secret Jump Street unit.
Their assignment is to go undercover at a local high school and risk their lives to investigate a violent and dangerous drug ring. However, the bigger challenge is finding out that high school is nothing like they left a few years earlier and both have to confront the terror and anxiety of being a teenager again.
This weekend is light for new releases because the industry is gearing up for the release of what is expected to be the next big franchise. With the last Harry Potter movie done and the final Twilight movie coming in November, it is time for The Hunger Games.
Like the former two, the books are a phenomenon, set in the near future where teenagers are raised to take part in a life and death competition in the fallen society of what was once North America.
Already breaking advance ticket sales records in larger centres, tickets for the opening week at the Grand 10, Paramount and Capitol Theatres are on sale now, including the opening midnight show next Thursday, March 22.
Another phenomenon was Titanic and advance tickets are also on sale now for the special advance screening of its 3D re-release at the Grand 10 Cinemas on Monday, April 2.
Attendees of this special “fan” screening will receive collectable gold 3D glasses as well as a limited edition lithograph plus chances to win great prizes.
If you happen to miss the advance screening, Titanic 3D is officially being released Wednesday, April 4.
And don’t forget the phenomenon that is The Iron Lady, which not only won two Academy Awards, but is going into its 10th week at the Paramount Theatre and is opening this weekend at the Capitol Theatre.
Also at the Capitol, Michael Fassbender is starring in the final two movies of the West Kelowna Film Festival. Tonight at 7 p.m. is Shame and next Thursday at 7 p.m. he stars with Keira Knightly and Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method.