Last time we saw Deadpool on our screens, the merc with the amazing marketing strategy(new nickname alert) surprised us in the beginning of 2017’s Logan ,with an Easter egg riddled, all so awkward but not at all forced prologue hinting at what Ryan Reynolds and company had in store for us one-short year later.After the surprise hit that Fox scored with 2016’s Deadpool it comes as no surprise that merely two years later Canada’s prized possesion Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as Wade Wilson for Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, a well experienced and respected stunt coordinator and action director with credits such as John Wick and Atomic Blonde to his name.In an ideal situation the combination of the bloodthirsty, over the top violent mercenary we have with Deadpool joining forces with the eye that brought us the cinematic equivalence to an on-screen, brutally long blood bath in John Wick should have been a match made in heaven, right? Lets talk about it.
In Deadpool 2 we follow Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool),as he assembles a gender neutral and diverse unit titled the X-Force,compiling of unique and underappreciated mutants and misfits to protect a young,troubled and tortured mutant named Firefist(Julian Denninson)from Cable(Josh Brolin), a no-nonsense, time traveling super-soldier trying to protect his awful future from coming to fruition. The best way to describe my overall reaction to Deadpool 2 is surprising,not in a good or in a bad way, but the direction that filmmaker David Leitch and writers decided to take the story of Wade Wilson is not in anyway what I originally expected it to be. In Deadpool 2 it is evident that the cast wanted to strip(not literally,sorry viewers) Deadpool down to just Wade Wilson and humanize him to the best of their abilities. Rather than having the sequel try to top the predecessor in terms of it’s hard hitting, fast paced action sequences, Deadpool 2 focuses on progressing character arcs and allows for the movie to have some downtime to let the characters grow,in particular the romance between Wade Wilson and Vanessa(Morena Baccarin).T he romantic relationship between Wade Wilson and Vanessa is the true heartbeat of this franchise, and its clear as day in Deadpool 2 as the scenes between the two are some of the very best in the film.With a more grounded and personal story line, the script (which introduces Reynolds as co-writer, with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick)does an excellent job balancing the raunchy,fourth-wall breaking comedy with the emotional beats of the film.The most positive takeaway from the film is the bond created between the X-Force but most importantly Domino,an almost way too-lucky at times badass super-hero played by Zazie Beetz.Gone are the horrific and unfortunate days of Halle Berry in Catwoman(kill it with fire) and finally, the long overdue resurrection of strong,beautiful women in film are here led by Black Widow,Scarlett Witch,Okoye and the Dora Milaje,Wonderwoman and Domino have arrived.
Not everything about Deadpool 2 is sunshine’s and rainbows unfortunately, as this film is filled with very noticeable flaws that in large part have to do with the director change from Tim Miller to David Leitch and an overambitious plot. The overall plot of Deadpool 2 gradually becomes a convoluted mess, with a plethora of moving parts due to the need of cramming as many character arcs for each character of the X-Force,introducing Cable and Firefist, while progressing the character arcs of the original cast. Unlike the original, Deadpool 2 relies heavily and abuses CGI and green screen, leading to a majority of the special effects in the 2nd act looking borderline unfinished. The choice to rely so heavily on CGI is a dangerous one, especially from an in-frame action director and stunt coordinator in David Leitch. Deadpool 2 also suffers from a common virus in the film world; sequelitis. For the uninitiated,Sequelitis is when filmmakers and Hollywood studios fall under the delusion that more is better(Spoiler alert,it’s not). In the curious case of Deadpool 2 , it is most evident with the number of fourth wall breaking jokes. Don’t get me wrong,the majority of the jokes land with the audience but during serious moments of the film, in particular the end of the third act where the movie avoids committing to a specific tone, leading to an inconsistent finish.
Overall Deadpool 2 has the tenacity and thirst for violence in large sections of the movie on-par with a Quentin Tarantino film, but it lacks the steady hand of the original.Deadpool 2 does not rival the original in execution but is still a great time at the theaters.
P.S-under any circumstance, do not leave before the credits end. You will hate yourself, forever. If your car is getting robbed, sit through the credits and take the bus, you’ll thank me later.