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Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2

Movie
Director(s): 
In Theatres: 
May 18, 2018
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
119 minutes

Deadpool 2 knows exactly what kind of film it is and doesn’t tip-toe around the fact that it’s a sequel to the highest grossing R-rated film of all time or that many superhero films follow the same tropes, Deadpool included. It fully embraces those elements and so much more to flip the script and deliver some of the funniest fourth-wall breaking humor that has ever graced the big screen. Deadpool 2 is an onslaught of meta jokes, over-the-top action, and everything outrageous, but most importantly it’s a reminder that superhero movies can be just plain fun.

 

The official synopsis for Deadpool 2 has Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), a disfigured cafeteria chef, struggling to become Mayberry’s hottest bartender while learning to cope with his lost sense of taste after surviving a near fatal bovine attack, but you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. In reality, Deadpool attempts to follow the straight and narrow path of the X-Men and agrees to protect a young mutant, Russell (Julian Dennison), from falling into the hands of the time-traveling Cable (Josh Brolin), who has come from the future to kill the kid. To do so, Wade gathers whatever C-tier mutants 20th Century Fox can afford and forms the X-Force. In typical Deadpool fashion, however, nothing goes according to plan.

 

Deadpool 2 succeeds where many sequels fail in that is doesn’t drastically change or try to improve upon what made the first film so great; it’s simply more of the same humor and action. There are a lot of similarities, from the ridiculous opening credits, the mocking of the X-Men and other superhero movies, to even a scene that rivals the tiny hand one from Deadpool. For audiences like myself who absolutely loved the first film, Deadpool 2 hits just as hard, but if you didn’t like it, then you’re probably not going to be a fan of the sequel either.

 

Returning characters like Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and of course Dopinder (Karan Soni) are hilarious, and most of the new additions like Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino are great as well. But like everything in the franchise, the majority of the characters seem more like source material for Wade to joke about. Sure, everyone manages to steal a scene or two, but Ryan Reynolds is always there in the background ready to one up them. That’s not a fault of the film, either, because honestly there is no one better in comedy right now than Reynolds. He’s absolutely perfect in the role, and it still makes you wonder how the studio screwed him up so badly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Yes, Fox, we still remember. That being said, I do hope that if we do get an X-Force film down the line we’ll get to see more of their stories flushed out because these characters definitely could have used more screen time.

 

Even with all the similarities, Deadpool 2 still surprises with some great cameo appearances and a post-credits scene that may be the best of any film ever. It’s been two years since the first film came out so there’s plenty of new material worth poking fun at, and Reynolds is never one to shy away from a good joke. Nothing feels off limits, and some of the biggest laughs come from when the film breaks the fourth wall to ridicule Hollywood and the film industry itself.

 

Deadpool 2 once again lives up to the hype of its brilliant marketing with more of the same crude and unapologetic humor and action. It may not be as great the first film, but that’s only because of how refreshing and new that one felt. You’ll still be laughing your ass off as you get in line to watch it a second time due to all the jokes you missed the first go around.

Matt Rodriguez
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