The first Deadpool shocked the world, proving that an R-rated superhero film could 1.) be fantastic and 2.) make money. So now, Deadpool returns and spins off into a whole franchise that will likely last a long time. In this outing, were they able to recapture the magic?
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is happily in love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and things seem to be going alright. That’s when a time-traveling soldier named Cable (Josh Brolin) arrives in the present day and seeks out a young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison). Russell is going to grow up and do something horrible, so Cable is going to kill him, but Wade feels like he can make a difference, teaming up with X-Men Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) to try to turn the kid to the light.
However, Deadpool realizes he needs some teammates a little more morally gray, so he starts a team called X-Force, including a mutant with the power of luck called Domino (Zazie Beetz) and a ragtag group of other heroes.
Returning to the cast is also T.J. Miller as Wade’s associate Weasel and Karan Soni as the taxi driver Dopinder.
Almost everything that worked about the first Deadpool is still working here, so most fans should have an undeniably good time.
At its core, it’s a comedy and it will have you in stitches. Ryan Reynolds again carries the film but he has some great back and forths with the “straight” men of the movie, notably Colossus and Cable, who don’t crack jokes like he does. There are some incredible visual gags, plenty of jabs at other comic book movies, and some surprising cameos.
It also manages to balance some incredible action, as this movie is directed by John Wick and Atomic Blonde director David Leitch. We get a fight scene towards the end involving two characters that have battled for years and years in the comic books and my inner child screamed when this fight came to life on the big screen, finally. The fights are creative and look great, for the most part. Domino’s character especially steals quite a few moments, as her power of “luck” becomes incredibly cinematic.
This movie also revels in the decades of lore from the comics, taking moments to enjoy bizarre characters like the alien Shatterstar or even a few villains who pop up that you’d have never expected. It is incredibly truthful to the comics but also has a blast bucking those stories and doing something unexpected (the X-Force team especially plays a very different role than you’d expect).
What doesn’t work?
Like the first Deadpool, this movie feels relatively low budget and that comes across mostly in the visual effects department. There are a few comedic bits reliant on visual effects that flopped big time, as well as some villains that are entirely CGI. These villains look like the comic book counterpart, yes, but they look horribly out of place.
You also have to be prepared for this movie’s gore and raunchyness, it is a hard R rating. If you have a weak stomach or low threshold for language, this might be a tough one for you to sit through.
And while Cable was a fine addition, he didn’t really get much to do, aside from being a foil to Deadpool’s antics. Hopefully he returns for future films and gets a more substantial role.
Deadpool 2 manages to recreate most of what made the first film so great, combining comedy with action in really unique ways. It also is surprisingly touching in moments, on a much more intimate level than the first film. However the movie has some flaws, including an abundance of horrible visual effects and some hit-or-miss humor that some of you might find a bit over the top. As a whole though, most of you should have a really great time with this one.