Deadpool 2 (2018)
Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand
Directed by: David Leitch
Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 59 min.
My 2 Cents:
Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), and his “X-Force” team protect a young boy from a brutal time-traveling mutant called, Cable (Josh Brolin – Marvel’s 2018 go-to actor to play their villains, apparently).
Deadpool 2 is funny. At least as funny as the excellent marketing for the film. After all the recent big-stakes Marvel adventures, Black Panther and Infinity War, this movie is a nice change of pace. A bloody violent irreverent wedgy to the genre it belongs to. Is it as good as the first film? Not quite.
Both Deadpool films try to strike a balance between full-on fourth wall breaking spoof and semi-serious action adventure. The first film does this perfectly in my opinion, the second leans more toward the goofy side. It’s entertaining, and I recommend you see both films, but Deadpool 2’s pursuit of yuks over feels hurts the film a little. How are we to take anything seriously when nobody onscreen does? The stakes in the first film had some heft, in this sequel they’re mostly used to set up the next joke.
Those jokes, however, are good, and I’d say at least 90% of them land well. There are some big laugh-out-loud moments in Deadpool 2, and it takes potshots at just about every DC and Marvel pop culture property available. As well as include a gazillion references to other classic movies (the ‘Say Anything….’ moment is hilarious). So much so that it’ll warrant a second or third viewing to make sure you caught them all. Deadpool 2 is also loaded with great cameo appearances, so pay attention!
Ryan Reynolds proves once again this is a part he’s perfect for, and passionate about. Brolin’s Cable is a serviceable villain, and Zazie Beetz as Domino is a great addition to the cast. The film’s weightier explorations of child abuse and revenge are not explored all that meaningfully, but fans of the genre and this series specifically, probably won’t care about that. We are after all, not looking for reachable teachable moments in a movie like this. We want to be entertained, and Deadpool 2 satisfies that requirement nicely.