22 Jump Street and The Raid 2
For those who love: sequels done right.
The rare sequels worth celebrating – your Godfather IIs, your The Empire Strikes Backs, your Alienses - all have one thing in common: they expand on a successful formula instead of trying to recreate it.
The wink-nudge self-awareness of 21 Jump Street and bone-shattering action of The Raid can still be found in their respective sequels, but each builds on the framework established by their predecessor. The Raid 2 unleashes director Gareth Evans and star Iko Uwais on an entire city instead of just an apartment complex, spinning a wide-spanning crime epic in the process. 22 Jump Street, meanwhile, follows the franchise’s meta sense of humor to its absurd, inevitable conclusion, gleefully salting the earth behind it along the way.
While few will argue either sequel is superior to the original, they both maintain the essence of what made those originals great while admirably trying to do something fresh.