Wade Wilson, The Merc With The Mouth, is finally back on our silver screens. It is truly a glorious day for fans of the Deadpool franchise and its titular character. But was Deadpool 2 worth the wait? There were several things that hindered its production, after all. From having a director change over to a stunt double dying on set, this film went through some serious stuff during production. The question is, did this affect the quality of the film?
To answer that question, I’m going to do something I have not yet done in a review before, and explain my movie review writing process. Normally, as everyone is sat eating popcorn, drinking fizzy pop, and having a really good time watching the film, I too, am enjoying the film. The only difference is that I have a notebook and pen in my hands, writing down things to note in the review, what I like, what I dislike, so on and so on. However, I was that engrossed in Deadpool 2‘s sheer ridiculousness in both its action and its humour, that I completely forgot I was meant to be writing.
Deadpool 2 is a textbook example of how to do a sequel. It continues to do everything the first film did right: it constantly references popular culture, it has way more action without all of it having been shown in trailers, it constantly refers to jokes from the first film (to push the gags even further), and it constantly makes fun of, and links itself to, the real world through fourth-wall breaks. On top of all this, it has several hysterical cameo appearances. It fixed most of what the first film did wrong. It progressed.
You find that, a lot of the time, sequels have the uncanny habit of being the starting point of the slippery slope that kills a film franchise, and rarely does a franchise recover from this – ironically, the films surrounding other certain mutants are an example of this rare recovery. Deadpool 2, unlike said films starring Wade Wilson’s comic book cohorts, manages to avoid this problem altogether, not only by demonstrating how a sequel should be practically, but by using the X-Men franchise’s failures in sequels and prequels to push a few jokes to their limits, including in one of the post-credits scenes.
I genuinely think there is very little wrong with this movie, so I want to do the main negative points first for once. The biggest issue I have with this film is that its plot is somewhat generic for a superhero movie that involves time-travelling elements. We’ve seen it before. Something bad happens in the future, someone goes back in time to stop it from happening, and so forth. Honestly, Cable’s part in the plot kind of throws back to Arnie’s role in the Terminator films. However, I feel like the movie’s makers were well aware of this, as Deadpool cracks several jokes about lazy writing at times.
My other main issue is with Russell, a.k.a Firefist, played by Julian Dennison, who, again, has a cliche plot surrounding him. Russell, as a character, is overly obnoxious at times throughout the film. This does suit him well, as he is an abused teenage mutant, seeking revenge on his oppressors, but at times, it feels like he is trying to be more obnoxious than Wade himself, and it kind of backfires. He is a character with a tragic backstory, and yet because of just how overly obnoxious he is periodically, I lacked empathy for the character for the whole film.
On the other hand, franchise newcomers, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, are superb in their roles as Cable and Domino. Their chemistry, or therefore the lack of, with Deadpool is hilarious as Deadpool constantly annoys them. Domino’s relationship with Deadpool is particularly amusing when she has to do stuff for him, like carry the top half of his body home, using his arms like backpack straps. Seeing how exasperated Deadpool is making her was a constant laugh winner in the cinema. We also see several other characters from the first film, all of whom are just as cool and entertaining as before.
Of course the star of the show was always going to be God’s perfect idiot himself, Ryan Reynolds. I said it when the first film came out, and now I am saying it again. He was born for this role. It’s at the point where I genuinely cannot tell if Ryan Reynolds is playing Wade Wilson, or if Wade Wilson is playing Ryan Reynolds. His own personality is almost as if he is always in character. You can see his love for the franchise and the character emanate from his performance once again, just like in the first film. Deadpool has come a long way since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Reynolds is the perfect fit. Origins is simply proof, at this point, what poor writing can do to such a match…
Overall, despite the previously mentioned flaws, I genuinely feel that Deadpool 2 is actually a vast improvement on the first film, and I love the first one. However, the sequel had me howling with laughter even more than the original, and has so much good stuff packed into it. It is clear that maximum effort was put into this film, and it does not disappoint whatsoever.
Despite its few flaws, Deadpool 2 is a masterclass in how to make a sequel, as well as a comedy/action masterpiece. They certainly cranked it up to 11 on this one, and if you are going to go and watch it, I recommend wearing your brown pants.