Ryan Reynolds is a comedic genius. He is seriously on the level of someone like a 1990s Jim Carrey, in terms of timing, improv, and physical humour. Deadpool 2 makes this so evident, that it often overshadows everything else in the movie. This is definitely a damn good sequel, if maybe a bit uneven. There are aspects of the movie that are way better than the first, and some that are not as good. While the first was more consistent and straightforward, this is just a rollercoaster of crazy moments happening. Truly an entertaining ride.
One thing that surprised me a lot about Deadpool 2, was how many awesome easter eggs and references to the X-Men mythos there were. In true Deadpool fashion, anytime some character, or reference to the mutants came about, it was never as you would expect. I loved this, as I grew up with the franchise and the comics. It will be sad to see this world go after the Disney/Fox merger. The humour and riffing are all incredible, and it seems these movies are just tapped into the type of humour I like.
Performances all around from the main cast were superb. Ryan Reynolds, as I said, IS Deadpool in the same way that Hugh Jackman is Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man. No one else will be able to touch that role. Josh Brolin was the perfect casting for Cable (aside from his height), perfectly being the straight man to Deadpool’s crazy. Zazie Beets surprised me as Domino. A different take from the comics, for sure, but she carried the humour and action scenes really well. Julian Dennison, who plays a child mutant at the center of the story, was also very good, adding heart to the film. Without going into spoilers, the X Force team is a joke. That’s all I’m going to say. Colossus is one of my favourite mutants as well from the comics, and his portrayal in both Deadpool movies is perfect. There is a secret surprise character that fans are going to go nuts for. Do not read anything online until you see the movie to avoid this being spoiled.
The story is honestly where the film suffers. It’s not bad by any means, but its just all over the place. One minute we are just watching Deadpool riff at the X Mansion, the next we are getting Cable story, and it just is a bit inconsistent. Every scene taken on its own is really awesome and entertaining, but put together, a bit of a mess. The first movie had such a simple story, and it just worked so well. Do not take this as me hating on the movie, I still was having a blast the whole way through.
David Leitch takes over to direct this time, and it shows. He co-directed the first John Wick, which is one of my favourite modern action franchises, and one area that this movie improves on the first is the action. The fight choreography and stunts are so kick ass that it felt like a 90’s Marvel comic in live action. Deadpool gets all sorts of messed up in this, and each injury was more entertaining than the last.
How this movie got a 14a rating in Alberta, I’ll never know. It ups the raunch from the first film, and has several “did they go there?” moments. I was pleasantly surprised that there were no children at my screening like there were when I saw the first movie.
Make sure you stay through the credits for possibly the best end credits sequence in history.
The movie does not set up future installments, and is very much a stand alone movie. I expect this is because Fox’s future is so uncertain, but it works in the movie’s favor. While Deadpool 2 isn’t as good as the first, in my opinion, it is still barely behind the first. In any case, it still lives up to the first in an awesome summer for comic book fans.
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