Director: David Leitch
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesey
Release date: May 18, 2018
After Deadpool’s success, a sequel was obviously going to happen. Hell, the first movie’s after credits scene said they were going to do one. I was eagerly awaiting the release of Deadpool 2, which had just as much of a hilarious and creative marketing campaign as the original. After thinking it over, I have come to the conclusion that Deadpool 2 manages to surpass the first one, despite being more inconsistent overall.
Deadpool 2 begins sometime after the first one, with Wade now working as a contract killer going after the worst humanity has to offer. Eventually, he crosses paths with Cable, a time traveler from the future who’s come to kill a young mutant named Russel. I’m giving a detailed summary as the plot of this movie genuinely took me by surprise at many points, even in the first ten minutes approximately. The plot moves at an exciting pace and is always giving you something new to enjoy. I honestly had no idea where it was going to go, and ended up being surprised at every turn. That being said what it has in surprises and exciting moments it lacks in consistency and a tight structure. It feels all over the place at times. There is for the most part a connective tissue, but some odd editing likely from reshoots can give one a feeling that they missed a scene when they haven’t left the theater for a second.
The new side characters of Domino and Cable really give Ryan Reynolds and the movie itself more opportunities and material for humor. Cable plays as the straight man to Deadpool’s ridiculous personality and antics while Domino’s power of “luck” makes for some of the most entertaining scenes of the film, which itself lampshades that her power doesn’t make for a very cinematic experience, but then we see that it actually really does.
Deadpool 2 also ups the ante with its action scenes. I thought the first one peaked too early in this regard, not the case for the sequel. The action scenes are always consistently entertaining, creative, and violent. The high point comes during the film’s second act, where an absolutely exciting and nonstop thrill of a convoy chase sequence takes place. Each of the main characters get to shine with creative displays of their powers and abilities. The beginning of the film also has a hilarious and violent montage of Deadpool going on contract killings. The film further enhances its action scenes by being visually better looking with more creative and dynamic camerawork. Getting one of the John Wick directors to replace Tim Miller was definitely a wise choice after Miller left due to creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. He did a great job with the first one, but David Leitch for the most part managed to surpass him where it mattered.
Performances from the cast, especially the new additions are great pretty much across the board. Ryan Reynolds is still nailing it, Josh Brolin is a perfect Cable, Zazie Beetz as Domino is fun, likable, and gets a lot to do, and Julian Dennison as Russel is hilariously rude. T.J. Miller however is again the weak link that could’ve been cut from the film, and if they make a third one they should just forget his character ever existed. The humor is also more frequent, which results in it not always hitting its mark like the first one, but when the jokes do hit they hit harder as well. The joke involving the regular guy Peter is especially funny. Yet the film still manages to save its best joke for last during the credits sequence, which instead of hinting at future movies to come will have you clutching your gut in laughter and serves as catharsis.
Deadpool 2 is a messier sequel than the first one, but it also manages to be funnier, have more compelling stakes and character growth as well. The first one was pretty good, but the sequel honestly manages to surpass it in spite of its flaws. If you were a fan of the first one, you’ll definitely want to see this one.