Two examples only in the past fortnight come to mind when describing this feeling of “pushing the boundaries” but I have no hesitation of either case, to the point that remember when you’re a child and you’ve only just left the fairground ride, that feeling of “again-again-again!”. Went to watch ‘21 Jump Street‘ at the cinema last Friday and watched ‘The Voice‘ on the television before a night out to enjoy the night at The Anglers (New Years Eve (fourth paragraph) Carling advert) really weren’t appealing at all to my character but I just thought “why not?”.
First up is ‘21 Jump Street‘ in a film that features Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as a couple of cops that work undercover as high school students to bring down a drug-ring. But originally in high school Jonah Hill was “the nerdy kid” and Channing Tatum was “the cool kid” (with added “jock”) and they were in the same high school together as well. So fast-forward 7 years and these two polar-opposites are police partners and when put back in school with this undercover mission circumstance has it that Hill is the “cool kid” (and NOT in a “jocky way”) and Tatum is “the nerdy kid”, roll on Dave Franco (James Franco’s younger brother and Cole Aaronson in the last season of Scrubs, surprisingly good if people stomach Cole as the best character in S9) as “the current cool kid”, Jake Johnson (Nick from ‘New Girl‘, winning!) as the high school’s principal and a hilarious Ice Cube as the “typical angry Black police captain”. To think that some of my favourite films are ‘The Matrix‘, ‘The Departed‘, and ‘The Shawshank Redemption‘ so to watch Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him To The Greek, Cyrus) and Channing Tatum (Dear John, Step Up, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) in this film for 109 minutes that acknowledges it is based on a television programme of the same name (1987-1991 which featured Johnny Depp) yet still enjoy it. The similarity I have for it (maybe lazily but it’s still there) is that it’s a lot like ‘The Other Guys‘ with the same level of humour and the same level of vulgarity if people allow it to offend. But if people can act like adults and just detach from films once and a while, yes Mark Wahlberg was “awkward” but Channing Tatum was anything but in this. Fact has it that though I saw it last Friday (18th March) with my “heterosexual life-partner” but I want to watch it again on the Orange Wednesday (28th March) with my sister-from the same-mister and I can’t wait to do that in the slightest.
Next up on my “to-do list” was watching The Voice, in a world that seems to love The X Factor this was probably the closest I was going to get to this decade long (‘Pop Idol’ started it all in 2001, wow that’s a lot of “dodging”) phenomena in something I’ll never appreciate as most of the talent that get through on ‘X Factor‘ are featured on it for all of the wrong reasons as the prime example has to be Frankie Cocozza for he is a man known for failing any real talent and as much as Louis Walsh says “Rod Stewart voice”, that doesn’t sound like a compliment and generally I can’t see any talent as it was his “personality” that got him booted off anyway, it’s ok, someone with talent has been overlooked for this “man”.
How do people find this entertaining? NOT a dig, I just cringe is all!
So the idea for The Voice is right up my street as it focuses on the voice (there’s a title in that) not on a person’s appearance and more than enough performers on it wouldn’t even have got to the auditions round on X Factor. One sad fact I’m reading from a number of critics is that “it’s slow, and boring, and X Factor is better”. Well of course those critics and viewers are going to say that as AFTER watching X Factor that The Voice is slow because the metaphor I have is that it’s as if the viewer had eaten a chocolate bar and was on the following sugar rush then converting to a celery diet. But then to be able to think that a lot of people chose not to eat the chocolate and go on that “sugar rush” so call that a good or a bad thing but it doesn’t matter as facts have it is that it doesn’t strike as slow because we don’t know anything else well without knowledge I have to say that personally I’d watch The Voice again and again as a result.
That launch night in a nice 3 minute highlight, nice!
It’s one of those facts of life, “live a little”, “try something new”, “push the boundaries”.