Keep in mind folks that this spoiler free review will be from the mind of someone who doesn’t follow the comic book lore that well and has only experience this character through the first installment of the franchise. I had a lot of laughs from Deadpool 2 but there was just something missing from it that I can’t put my finger on that would make this a better movie than the first. With all the Deadpool reviews via blog post, podcast, websites, etc. I am sure you have heard in great length how this movie pans out to fans if it’s a good follow up from the first. I am late to the game and I saw this movie right when it was released last Friday. Seeing as Deadpool back in 2016 was my favorite movie of that year, this sequel had a lot to live up to.
The sequel, from Director David Leitch with writing team including Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is very clever this time around regarding the story. If you all remember from the first one, the story and its lead character, Deadpool played by Ryan Reynolds, is bat shit crazy. Given its Rated R status, basically they could have done almost anything they wanted. This time they actually gave you a story and some character development. I honestly didn’t think that was possible but Deadpool actually went through some growth while deciding to protect a young mutant with lethal powers from a futuristic time traveler Cable, who has come back to kill him before he can become the deadly killer he is destined to be. To pass the torch of the franchise along, Deadpool has decided to put together a team of heroes to help him save this young boys life and continue the franchise afterwards. You are also perplexed as to who the villain of the film actually is. I found that to be very interesting but for some, because it wasn’t clear in the film could translate to a sloppy unorganized script. I actually didn’t mind that it wasn’t as cut and dry. It fit into the overall message of the story so it worked for me. There is also a surprised character that pops up that I didn’t see coming at all and I liked it.
I do enjoy that the same movie wasn’t rehashed and that something new was brought to the table. The added characters like Cable, Domino were great additions to the movie and even returning characters like Lee (Morena Baccarin Gotham) Dopinder (Karan Soni) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) had a bigger part than before and were enjoyable to watch. There were a lot more cameos in this film than last so don’t blink because you will miss them. The level of Meta in this film was turned up to about 11. Almost every other joke in the film had something to do with poking fun at the everlasting battle between marvel and dc movies and also poking fun at Josh Brolin’s, who plays cable, list of well-known roles in his career. These jokes happen pretty fast and the delivery of most of them hits the mark in my opinion.
If you don’t happen to catch every punchline in the film that is okay. You are given so much fun and vibrant colorful action to keep you glued to the screen. There are some amazing fight sequences and gun play throughout the film. I would say that this movie has more violence in it than the original. There were a couple of times that I actually cringed from the pain inflicted on some characters but for the most part it is all cartoonish violent humor seeing as Wade Wilson can literally grow another body if it were to ever be detached or blown to bits.
I wish that I can exactly pinpoint what it was about this sequel that just didn’t make this a better movie than the original. I can say that the young mutant in question, Russell, I wasn’t a fan of. He just didn’t do it for me character wise. The actor playing Russell, Julian Dennison, did a great job with what was asked of him. His character in the movie, was very annoying and it is too bad the movie was focused on him throughout the movie. You also see less of Brianna Hildebrand stand out performance as Negasonic Teenage Warhead. I wanted more of her as her presence on screen this time around were very good. This movie also throws you for a loop with scenes that were filmed for the trailer but not put into the movie just to throw you off. It is genius on how to keep plot points under wraps but I also thought I was getting a different kind of movie and I have to say I was disappointed it didn’t go into the direction I thought it was going to be.
This movie can still be entertaining without watching the first one, however you will not be doing yourself a favor by watching these two movies out of order. I do recommend for any comic book or Deadpool fan out there to check this movie out. You will get a better experience having seen the original before part 2. After the film, I was told of some great Easter eggs in the film taken from the comics and it seemed that they hit the mark adapting those concepts. This is a movie is rewatchable, if anything for its amazing execution at poking fun at the comic book adaptation craze and the Bond Like opening credits using the new single from Celine Dion, “Ashes”. Also to catch any other Easter eggs and cameos you may have missed the first go around. With the Deadpool films, you never know what you are going to get. That is what is so fun about these films so far is that they are unpredictable to a point that you just go for the joy of just seeing what the merc with the mouth is going to do next. Lastly, stay through for the mid-credit scene as it’s probably the best part of the film. There isn’t anything at the end of the film unfortunately, but I have a feeling we will be seeing another movie from Deadpool in the future.
4 out of 5
Thank you all for reading this post. This review was told from an entertainment perspective. I am sure someone who has invested into the character through the comics will have a better experience so definitely check the movie out for yourself if you enjoyed the first one. Remember to follow this blog for future post of movie reviews from all genres.