Going into ’22 Jump Street’ I wasn’t sure what to think as sequels to comedies have a consistent track record of of either failing hard when they attempt to simply reuse the same humor as the predecessor, or succeeding terrifically by remaining true to the original, while still livening up the installment with enough fresh material to satisfy the viewer.
This movie does both and my best advice to watching it is – “wait for it…” What I mean by that, without giving anything directly away is that the first 2/3s of the story build up to and yield a satisfying and big payoff at the conclusion, all three of them. There is one ending just before the credits, another during (which contains gags both for the casual as well as the esoteric die hard fan of cinema, and then a final installment of a running gag from both this as well as the progenitor.
But to try and sell you on the gradual, yet consistently humorous, build up, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell and the rest of the cast (both minor and major) deliver excellently executed rolls that keep a steady stream of laughs throughout the picture. This self aware comedy knows it’s a sequel, acts like a sequel and even repeatedly points out when it is recycling an element.
If you were a fan of the first, than definitely go see the sequel.
At the close, I would like to thank Epic Theaters for their providing a very amiable theater in which to view this (and other) films and recommend that you go to one of their several local locations for your next cinematic experience.