Already tired of the superhero movies reigning at the box office? Or how about the fatigue that comes with it? If yes, well tough crap for you since Deadpool 2 isn’t gonna mess around in the sequel we’ve been waiting for after the original ended. And when you visit Los Angeles for the first time, what other movie am I gonna see while I’m there.
What’s the Story?: Wade Wilson/ Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is still working as the mercenary while trying to keep his relationship with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) alive and sexy. But when a time-traveling mutant called Cable (Josh Brolin) travels back in time to kill a young boy with firepower abilities, it’s up to the merch with a mouth to protect the kid by putting together a team of mutants known as “X-Force”.
2016’s Deadpool ended up as one of my favorite films of the year. With the everlasting impression that R-rated comic book movies can really happen with the thanks of being a faithful adaptation, a massive success at the box office and Reynold’s Golden Globe-nominated performance. Though Tim Miller didn’t come back to direct because of creative difference, David Leitch was a surprising choice to replace him. Known for co-directing the action surprise John Wick and the disappointing Atomic Blonde, this big-budget follow-up can’t be screwed around, but hesitation can be looked for. Even so, Deadpool 2 might be on par with the first because it has all the elements to make this worth sitting through the end credits and it’s opening credits featuring a song by Celine Dion entitled “Ashes” (great song, by the way).
Can you see someone else other than Reynolds as Deadpool? It’s impossible. He’s still the perfect choice to portray the foul-mouthed titular character. He puts a lot of energy into this role because it was lucky he wanted the first film to happen in the first place. Still providing the one-liners, while actually giving his normal side some unexpected depth that’s written for him, there’s nothing he can do wrong with Deadpool.
The plot feels reminiscent of The Terminator, but it hilarity. Even so, it surprisingly unpredictable in parts where it might come off going a different factor at certain moments with a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. Deadpool said at the beginning of the movie that this is a “family film”. That may sound weird, but he’s kind of right. We see this odd relationship between Wade and Russell/ Firefist (Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), who has trouble controlling his powers at this orphanage, to be believable and making him care for this kid. When they get in some trouble after they met, you can see that bond come into play, even though Wade doesn’t want to do anything with him except protecting him.
More action with a bigger budget, more exciting all of them was. Very fast-paced and over-the-top to the point of just enjoying the hell out of them. A chase sequence, in particular, was the standout that comes pretty close to the highway scene from the previous film.
Brolin, in his second appearance as a Marvel villain a mere month after playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, was awesome as Cable. I didn’t know anything about this him besides knowing he was gonna be in this from the first film’s post-credit scene, but he was a terrific foe to go up against DP. We get to know why he sent himself back in time to kill Russell in the first place.
Aside from Brolin, Atlanta breakout star Zazie Beetz as Domino was outstanding. Again, don’t know about her, but all I know is that her power is luck. That might not seem like a good ability, but once the action begins, it suddenly makes sense. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick returned to write the script with Reynolds, which helped since they would know what’s meant to be funny and not while keeping its style and tone steady.
Funny? That’s one of many reason fans love this character. It still retains that same amount of humor and kicks it up ten more times than before. Nearly every scene has a chance to put in a joke or the brand of meta/ breaking the fourth wall humor what’s to be expected for Deadpool 2 in there. The audience that I saw it with reacted the same. Plus, since it can also be considered a comedy, this is can be put along with the other good comedy sequels. But it even kind of has some heart when it’s needed to be taken seriously, and that was unexpected with it including an emotional core. Who would’ve thought?
The film does have its issues that mad me turn an eye on a few occasions. Though a lot of the jokes his hard, a handful of them didn’t as it was either kind of forced or it wasn’t executed in the way it should’ve. Any scenes with T.J. Miller reprising as Weasel was just annoying on the basis that he became a dickbag over the past few months. And there were some characters that were a little wasted given the limited amount of screen time they had.
And the post-credit scene at the end is just one of the best I’ve seen since 22 Jump Street.
In the end, Deadpool 2 was another blast from start to finish. People who weren’t fans of the original, and I don’t want to know, won’t enjoy it. I kind still love the original more because it was such a surprise and this felt different from the other X-Men films. Maybe since I was worried this wasn’t gonna have that previous zing, my concerns were quickly over. It’s hard to tell which film is better, but both are equally on par with each.
Deadpool 2 exceeded all expectations by not only being slightly better than its predecessor but delivering more hilarity, action and some heart to this fun sequel. Grade: B