Deadpool 2 Movie Review: When the first Deadpool film came out in 2016, it revolutionized the superhero genre. For the first time, mainstream audiences were treated to a major R-rated superhero film. It proved that the superhero genre could be successful with an R-rating and still paved the way for the Academy award-nominated film “Logan“, to come to fruition. In other words, Deadpool was a trailblazer. Deadpool 2 may not be the trendsetter that its predecessor was, but it is still a very fun film with many great qualities of its own.
The real plot of Deadpool 2 has been kept under wraps for its entire promotional campaign, so I will speak only about the plot points that have already been revealed through the film’s trailers. The film sees Ryan Reynolds reprise his role as Deadpool, who must put a team together in order to help protect a young mutant boy who is being hunted by a time-traveling mutant known as Cable (Josh Brolin). That is the simple part of the story, but there is so much more to it than just that. It is full of fun surprises that most people won’t see coming.
As one might expect, Deadpool 2 is not afraid to be extreme in the way it handles its comedy. While the comedy is good, it could have been better. In trying to outdo what the original did, Deadpool 2 overexerts itself and tries to insert jokes at almost every turn. While it has moments of hilarious comedy where you can’t help but laugh out loud, it does also have moments where jokes don’t land quite as well as you’d hope. The film would have benefitted from going a little easier on the jokes and let the comedy come more naturally. What struck me the most about this film, however, is that amidst all the frantic comedy, there are moments that are very sincere and surprisingly emotional. These moments are where the film’s true heart lies. The problem is that there aren’t nearly enough of those moments. Balancing all the comedy with these tender moments a little more would have made for an all-around better film.
Deadpool 2 does a great job at giving just the right amount of screen time to all of the new characters that are introduced so that they don’t feel underused or forced into the story. Out of all the new additions, three stand out the most. The first is Cable, played incredibly well by Josh Brolin. I appreciate the fact that they don’t delve too much into his extremely complicated backstory. They kept it very simple, explaining just enough to make him a compelling character. Next is Julian Dennison as Russell, the young mutant that Deadpool is trying to protect. He brings a mix of charisma and intensity to someone that, in the wrong hands, could easily become a throwaway character. Dennison is able to make Russell feel real and makes it easy for the audience to connect with him. He is definitely one to keep an eye on in the future. Lastly, Zazie Beetz’ Domino is a delightful new addition to this franchise. She doesn’t have the intensity that Dennison brings to Russell or the comedic ability of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. What she does have, however, is an extraordinary amount of charm. She’s confident without being cocky, and from the very beginning you just believe in her ability to become a superhero. Domino is a wonderful addition to the growing list of great female superheroes.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the end-credits scenes, of which there are two. They are worth the wait and will leave Deadpool fans very satisfied. While Deadpool 2 is a small step backwards from the original, it is still a worthy sequel. It has good comedy, great action and an unbelievable amount of heart. Maybe it’s because Deadpool set the bar so high that it made trying to surpass it an insurmountable task to accomplish. Make no mistake about it, though, this is a very, very good film. Avoid spoilers if possible, because a lot of really interesting things happen in this film that work best if you don’t know they’re coming at all.
Deadpool 2 Movie Review
|RELEASE DATE:||May 18 2018|