a critiQal film review Deadpool 2 (2018)

Plot: Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool (Reynolds) meets Russell (Dennison), an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable (Brolin) - a genetically enhanced soldier from the future - Deadpool realizes that he'll need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Domino (Beetz) and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry.

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  • ...smart, witty and full of surprises, this is the sequel fans have been waiting for!

With two big releases on DVD recently, it was hard to choose which to watch first: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) or Deadpool 2? Well, after hearing that Avengers: Infinity War (2018) has a cliffhanger ending, I opted for Deadpool 2 first.

Would Ryan Reynolds be able to keep up the fun with the merc-with-a-mouth in this second installment? Or would fans be hoping he’d shut his mouth (like he did back in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009))?

After Ryan Reynolds’ brief stint in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), fans were clamoring for more…and hopefully a version that would be more true to his comic book origins. Thankfully, some test footage was released for Deadpool (2016), and the film was fast-tracked. The end result: huge box office numbers despite its R rating.

In Deadpool 2, Reynolds is back, and as funny as ever. His merc-with-a-mouth is spot-on, and it’s obvious that this is a role Reynolds was born to play. Having the main character know he’s in a movie makes for some hilarious humor, and Reynolds knows just how to play it up for the biggest laughs. Sure, he’s a bit rude and crude, but it’s more like he’s just voicing his inner monologue. Dissing everything in pop culture (including up to the minute stuff like Avengers: Infinity War (2018)), he’s the running commentary of the film, and he’s just insanely funny.

Josh Brolin pops up as Cable, another recognizable character from the comics. He gets the character perfectly. He deftly mixes emotion and hard-edged tough guy to make for a very memorable character, and one fans will be hoping returns in the next film.

With two solid main characters, most films would stop there. Not Deadpool 2. Not only do they bring back all the memorable secondary characters from Deadpool (2016), they also introduce viewers to new memorable characters like Domino, played by Zazie Beetz. And she’s not just another pretty face. She quickly fits in with the gang with her sarcastic attitude and a lot is made of her “luck” superpower…more so than the viewers (or Deadpool himself) will ever initially think.

While the beginning of Deadpool 2 is a bit surprising (and the opening credit sequence, hilariously, does a good job of lambasting the film it’s in), it sets up the film for a strong story angle. It may not initially be a direction viewers would want the character to go in, but the film follows its own sense of twisted logic in a way that will have viewers joining in eagerly for the ride.

And, even more so than the first film, viewers will never quite know what to expect in Deadpool 2. Where the first film took it’s superhero origin story and skewed it a bit, this film does a brilliant job of delivering more of that superhero growth angle that most second films strive for, and spoofing it even as managing to continue in that vein. It’s impressively well done, and has lots of surprises in store for fans.

Like some of the main Marvel films before it (Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), etc.), it also has those sequences of fights set to music. This time around, however, it’s how off the music is from the fight that makes it entertaining. Whether it’s Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” or an Enya song, they are hilariously calm and cheerful anthems to Deadpool’s over-the-top massacres they accompany. Brilliantly done, viewers will find themselves laughing even as Deadpool ups the gore factor.

All in all, Deadpool 2 takes viewers on a wild ride that they will be happy to re-board again and again. Smart, witty, and full of surprises, the film takes an impressive cast, solid storyline and irreverent humor and makes this a sequel that fans will eat up. In fact, it’s kind of like an anti-MacGruber (2010) that way.

If you haven’t seen Deadpool 2 yet, what are you waiting for? Go check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

Oh, and as an added bonus, be sure to stick around through the credits for one of the funniest end-credits sequences you’ll see.

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