The world of comic book movies can seem very crowded and it seems like there isn’t a breath of fresh air. Enter Deadpool, a breath of fresh air in a genre that can be very overwhelming. The first film came out in 2016 and was a smash hit and became the highest grossing R-rated film of all time.This month marks the release of Deadpool 2 and boy does this film deliver not only with action but with the comedy and the emotional drama. Ryan Reyonlds returns as the wise-cracking and fourth wall breaking mercenary Wade Wilson. The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War, Sicario) as Cable, Morena Baccarin (Gotham, Serenity) as Vanessa and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
There is a lot of fun to be had in Deadpool 2 and once again the entire cast and production crew brings their A-game to the film. Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds and directed by David Leitch. I won’t get to much into the story as there is a lot that happens in this film.
Wade Wilson is hard at work taking out mob bosses and members of the yakuza when he meets up with a teenage mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) who is in trouble and it’s up to Wade to protect him from Cable who travels back in time to take out the kid. Wade realizes that he can’t do it alone so he enlists the help of other super powered people to form X-Force. Joining X-Force are Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Peter (Rob Delaney) and Dopinder (Karan Soni).
While the action is amazing and the comedy is great not all of the jokes land and there is a joke towards the end of the second act that goes on way too long. The bits with X-Force are fantastic and they are executed perfectly. Brolin is perfectly cast as Cable and brings not only his comedic chops but emotional chops to his role. This is a man who has lost everything and you truly sympathize with him. I mentioned the action before and there is a lot of it in this film. Yes it is as gory as the first one but the gore works not only for the action but for the comedy. My biggest problem with the movie is the joke that goes on too long in the second act. At first I laughed and then as the scene went on I kept asking when the joke was going to end. I do not mind jokes with an awkward tone involved in them but when it goes on too long it tends to pull me out of the movie and with a movie like this I should not be pulled out of it.
I give Deadpool 2 4 X-Forces out of 5
Personally, I loved the film. It ups the ante both in the scope and the humor from the first film. David Leitch brings over his eye for glorious action and violence over from John Wick and it translates really well. The writing also gets to have a lot of fun at the expense of other Fox properties and Marvel movies, we also get a much more compelling villain than last film’s villain Ajax. Ryan Reynolds also gets to have a ball as Deadpool for the second time. He’s definitely evolved from last film, and we also get to see some more of Deadpool’s caring side outside the context of his relationship with Vanessa.
The new characters in the film are also fantastic. The standouts being Cable and Domino. While for obvious reasons, they’re more loosely adapted from the comics, but the core is still there. Brolin in particular does a fantastic job playing the begrudged future soldier Cable, he brings in a lot of pathos to the character, and is completely recognizable in performance from his other major Marvel role. Zazie Beetz has been a fantastic presence on Atlanta and brings a pretty energetic performance to the table.
All told, everyone does great bouncing off of Reynolds’s Deadpool. While as Eric said, not all the jokes land (humor is subjective after all), it’s still a fantastic movie, one worth seeing.
4 Deadpools Out of 5