Deadpool 2 is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Deadpool and is the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series. It is also the sequel to the 2016 film Deadpool. For the review of that film, click here. This film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds and stars Reynolds along with Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T. J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy.
The Story/The Direction:
This film once again follows Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Reynolds) who forms the X-Force to protect a young mutant (Dennison) from Cable (Brolin). This film has a new director who is able to take the reigns after creative differences had Tim Miller leave. What helps is that the script was written by the same people who wrote the first film with the addition of Reynolds. Thanks to this, the film is as funny as the first film and just as well is Reynolds delivery of the lines. The humor does rely on pop-culture references however the majority of the humor is in the dialogue itself.
The film continues the story of Deadpool in the same fourth wall breaking and vulgar humor manner. If it was possible for the Deadpool films to get more violent and more intense, this film definitely succeeded with that. This film's action also benefited from Leitch's skill with action films as shown in his previous outings of John Wick and Atomic Blonde.
Once again what carries this film is Reynold's performance as the titular character. His wit works perfectly with the character and the plot looks more into his character than the prior film did. It actually makes him more of a tragic anti-hero if that's possible. Thanks to the script's execution, audience members will feel more for the Deadpool character than the previous film. Additionally, Brolin does a great job as the one-man wrecking crew known as Cable. The rest of the cast is also serviceable in their roles.
Unfortunately, this film falls into a lot of the same problems that the previous film had. The CGI looked really off at times and a lot of the characters had little to no depth in comparison to Deadpool and X-Force is used terribly. Similarly, the plot was not anything new as the story is very similar to The Lego Batman Movie in its own vulgar way. Additionally, this film also makes references that if one does not get, the humor goes out the window.
A successful sequel takes the first film and expands on it and this film does that. It takes the Deadpool character to new limits even if the overall plot is not that original but honestly, neither was the first film. If one enjoyed the first film, this film will be just as enjoyable. As the flaws were forgivable for the first film, the flaws of this one are just as forgivable. As with the first film, to say it was one of the best superhero films would be a lie but to say it was bad would be one as well. This great yet flawed film is worth seeing on the big screen and also on Bluray when it is released.
Rating: 4.0/5.0 bowties
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