To be completely honest I hate Deadpool. I didn’t like him when Rob Liefeld forced him on us years ago in New Mutants #98. I stayed away from his solo series’ over the years and tolerated him in Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force and Gary Duggan’s Uncanny Avengers, which are the only times I consistently read anything Deadpool related. I laughed when X-Men Origins: Wolverine butchered Wade Wilson and the Merc with a Mouth. That being said I loved Deadpool or rather I loved Ryan Reynolds portrayal of Deadpool and by that fell in love with the first Deadpool film. It had been some time since I had both laughed and cried (from laughing) so much at a movie. This of course made me nervous when the inevitable Deadpool 2 was announced. Could it live up to the original, could Ryan Reynolds and company pull off another triumphant outing for everyone’s favorite foul-mouthed mercenary. The answer is yes they can.
Deadpool 2 is exactly what I wanted from a Deadpool sequel plus some. There was never a dull moment. Deadpool 2 has a bit of everything. Violence? Oh hell yes. Comedy? I never stopped laughing and I’m sure there are jokes I missed because I laughed though them. Heart? Shockingly yes, just like the original Deadpool 2 makes me care about Wade Wilson and the people he surrounds him with.
Deadpool 2 is a funny, obscene, action filled, and satirical masterpiece. What begins as a revenge film turns into a race to save not only the soul of a mutant teen but also the fate of the entire future. Life is going well for Deadpool when the movie begins, but revenge is a fickle mistress and Deadpool soon finds himself first as an X-Men trainee and then not shockingly in jail. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are back and this time joined by Negasonics’s girlfriend Yukio, a delightful addition and part of one of the films best running gags. Shockingly (I say sarcastically) Deadpool makes a terrible X-men and his refusal to follow orders finds him in a super villain clink and smack dab in the way of Cable, a mutant from the future with a vendetta against a mutant from the past… or present. Time travel can be a pain in the ass. There is an escape, the assembling of the Super-Duper team AKA X-Force and a final battle for redemption.
Filled with running gags, hyper violence, a lovely sense of vulgarity, and the perfect comedic timing of Ryan Reynolds Deadpool 2 deserves all of the accolades it receives. The addition of the very grim Cable, wonderfully portrayed by James Brolin, gives Deadpool a perfect straight man to work off of. Negasonic Teenage Warhead unfortunately still doesn’t receive the screen time she needs but thankfully Domino fills that gap and fits into this sidebar of the Marvel universe that isn’t as continuity laden as the MCU and easily accessible to people who don’t want to get caught up on nineteen films. Deadpool 2 is a beautiful R rated masterpiece that even non-superhero fans can find something to enjoy but fans of super heroics, vulgar jokes, and hyper violence will have the time of their life at Deadpool 2, just like I did.
Deadpool 2 is in Theatres Today
Directed byDavid Leitch
Starring Ryan Reynolds, James Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, TJ Miller, Julian Dennison, and Stefan Kapicic