After only two years since the first installment of an already amazing franchise, “Deadpool 2” was recently released in theaters and did very little to disappoint. “Deadpool” was incredibly influential to the Marvel films, showing us how superhero films can be R-Rated and just as good. This eventually led to the critically acclaimed X-men movie, “Logan” a year later. It seems as though through these past few years the X-Men films are becoming more and more violent, hopefully leading to more similar films down the road, with the upcoming X-Force films in particular.
Just as he did in the first film, the foul-mouthed superhero is back to fight crime in the most violent, gruesome, and raunchy way possible. Ryan Reynolds returns as the mutant and gives a not very surprisingly great performance. With his success of the original and of the sequel, this role will surely stick with him for many years as the X-men franchise continues.
If the film is any different from the original, it’s because of its controversial first act. It’s best not to be spoiler-rific here, so let’s just say it starts off with a in a way that definitely wasn’t expected by most. It was a strange choice by the writers, but the film redeems itself as it goes on. From there, Deadpool teams up with the X-men, now to be called the X-Force. This includes Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) from the first “Deadpool”. Other great reoccurring characters include, Weasel (T.J Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and the lonely taxi driver, Dopinder (Karan Soni).
One of the new faces is Firefist (there are plenty of jokes about that name). Firefist is a young mutant incapable of controlling his powers and anger. Deadpool comes to his rescue and when he discovers that a Terminator-like villain is after him and he makes it his mission to protect the young mutant. This time-travelling villain is known as Cable, played by Josh Brolin. 2018 is apparently the year for Josh Brolin as in addition to starring in this film, he also played the ominous and overpowering Thanos, and has an upcoming lead role in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”, the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s original film. Brolin’s Thanos was much more powerful and intimidating, while here his role is just plain fun, which is something that viewers hope for in a Deadpool film.
What makes “Deadpool 2” even more special is the abundance of new faces. These new characters come into play when Deadpool hilariously attempts to put together a team of mutants. This includes Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) and a human named Peter (Rob Delaney), who also happens to be Deadpool’s favorite.
“Deadpool 2” has all the raunchy material necessary for as “Deadpool” film. It satisfies in the comedy genre and is outright hilarious from start to finish, with some surprisingly emotional moments thrown in the mix. Similar to the original, this one is quite heartfelt and meaningful as well. It’s easy to watch the trailers for this film and assume that it’s all violence and sex jokes. While that is without a doubt a large part of the movie, the screenwriters were cleverly able to throw human emotion into the mix, making a movie that appeases on multiple levels.
The action is on point from start to finish as well, all thanks to David Leitch’s direction. If you saw the film and thought the action was similar to that of in “Atomic Blonde” or John Wick”, that’s because it is. David Leitch was responsible for the visually striking sequences in those films, as well as in “Deadpool 2”. The constant action rarely misses a beat and keeps viewers intently watching.
“Deadpool 2” is one of those rare sequels that lives up to the first. Over the years it seemed as though any film with the number two slapped on the end of the title was a guaranteed disaster. However, these past few years, (especially with Marvel) sequels have been getting much more worthwhile and “Deadpool 2” is no exception.
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material