I have found some times with movies that are either big screen adaptions of TV series or Books, or are remake/reboot movies in the new millennium that some times they stand up well enough alongside of their predecessors, but I have found that for the most part, they don’t, but as stand alone movies a lot of them in my opinion are actually not half bad!
A great example of this is the movie, A Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)… As a reboot of the classic Wes Craven series, in all honesty this movie was not a particularly fun movie, and I will go so far as to say that I can see why this movie disappeared from the big screen rather quickly, but when I looked at this movie as a stand alone movie (i,e… Not how this movie is in relation to its predecessor series), I found that not only was this movie not half bad, but it was actually pretty darn fun!
Another great example… I would say maybe the best example of this would be, 21 Jump Street (2012)!
Now you might be saying… Really? This movie? Well yeah… Why not? I mean as an action/comedy… (and if you take a look at this movie from the concept of being its own movie rather then a big screen adaption of the classic 1980s TV cop drama), then I found this movie to be pretty freakin hilarious, what with it being both silly at times, slap stick at other times, but when it led in to the more serious moments, it did so fluidly, and Channing Tatum (White House Down) and Jonah Hill (Superband) pulled it off very superbly!
And the story was awesome!
You see this movie which also starred: Brie Larson (13 Going On 30), Dave Franco (Warm Bodies), Ice Cube (Are We There Yet), Deray Davis (The Fog), Dax Flame (The Watch), Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jake Johnson (Neighbors), Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation), Holly Robinson Peete (Speed-Dating), Peter DeLuise (Stargate SG1) & Johnny Depp (Transcendence) told the story of 2 kids Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum)…
Now these two kids may have sort of grown up together… But they came from 2 different worlds… You see Jenko was the jock/jerk who barely skated by in High School, but really did think he was the most popular kid in School, while Schmidt was the A-Typical geek, who never got a girl friend in high school, was super smart, etc…
Years later as they are both failing their local Police Academy (Jenko for his seeming lack of ability of grasping the education side of being a cop, and Schmidt for his seemingly lack of ability to grasp the physical side of being a cop) end up meeting up again during their time at the Police Academy, and end up becoming fast friends and partners when they help each other pass the course!
As regular cops though, their boneheaded screw ups (at one point a perp steals one of their Police bikes), have gotten them in to some pretty hot water, and they are being given one last chance… You see, the Jump Street program (a program that allows youthful looking Police officer to go undercover in High Schools is being re-instated at the Jump Street Chapel (the same place from the TV show…)
And almost immediately their mission is given to them… Infiltrate the local High School, find out who is selling a new designer super drug, and take down the organization before it can spread to other Schools…
Wanting to do right by their new assignment, they will do what ever is necessary to take down these drug dealers as quick as they can… The only problem is, is that as High Schoolers in the modern day, their roles have become reversed, with Jenko becoming the geek, and Schmidt becoming the ultra cool dude, but they will have to adjust to their new ways of life quick, if they are going to crack this case quick!
I mentioned above that this maybe the ultimate example of a movie that as a stand alone movie is great, but connected to its predecessor sucks… Well simply put, there are a few fun nods to the old show… Jenko (which in the movie was the name of Channing Tatum’s character, but I suspect was a nod to the role made popular by Frederric Forrest (Falling Down) who played Captain Richard Jenko… Although it has never openly been stated, I doubt their is any relation between the 2 characters), another one being the fact that Holly Robinson Peete (who played Officer Judy Hoffs in the original TV series), Peter DeLuise (who played Officer Doug Penhall int he original TV series) and Johnny Depp (who played Officer Tom Hanson in the original series) all made return performances in the movie…
But where as it was great to see them in these characters again, Michael Bacall (Project X) and Jonah Hill (who besides starring in the movie also co-wrote the movie) really butchered Johnny Depp’s and Peter Deluise’s scene so bad, that it pretty much destroyed the novelty of having some of the original cast come back in cameos for the movie!
In the end though, as a stand alone film, this movie is a lot of fun, and if you get a chance to see it, you might find the same thing true as well!