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‘Deadpool 2’ Movie Review

'Deadpool 2' is finally here, but does it manage to capture the same magic that made the original so great?

Director: David Leitch

Release Date: May 15, 2018

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapičić, Leslie Uggams, Bill Skarsgård, Terry Crews, Shiori Kutsuna, Rob Delaney and Karan Soni.

Synopsis: After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Watch The Trailer For Deadpool 2


What Worked?

It’s standard practice in Hollywood to always go bigger and more expensive, especially with sequels, but where Deadpool 2 succeeds the most is in its ability to stay grounded and above all else, original. I imagine it would have been effortless for Ryan Reynolds and director David Leitch to create an overly explosive and ridiculously conventional sequel, but by staying true to the character and focusing on a more personal storyline, they’ve managed to create a sequel that equals the original in many ways and even improves upon it throughout.

Now, I can’t talk about Deadpool 2 without discussing the infamous Merc with a Mouth, and I doubt you’ll be surprised to hear that Ryan Reynolds once again steals the show (and our hearts) as your friendly neighbourhood pool guy. Deadpool 2 does a surprisingly great job of developing Deadpool as a character, and over the course of this movie, we get to see a lot of different sides of Wade’s personality. It’s a testament to how good Ryan Reynolds is as this character (and the writing), that when shit gets real, we realise how much we care about Deadpool and how much we want to see him succeed. Of course, Deadpool isn’t the only spandex wearing mutant in this movie, and I’m glad to say that the new cast members fit perfectly into this world. Josh Brolin does an excellent job as Cable, and although we only spend a limited amount of time with the metal-armed time traveller, he manages to stand out as one of the most entertaining characters in the movie, and as we expected, Cable is the perfect straight man to oppose Deadpool’s wacky sense of humour. As for a standout, you might be excited to hear that Zazie Beetz completely steals the show as the lucky Domino. Whenever she’s on screen, Zazie Beetz enhances the film, and without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that the relationship that forms between Domino and Deadpool is both hilarious and exciting.

Deadpool 2
Image via 20th Century Fox

The reason the Deadpool managed to be such a surprising and massive success was the comedic tone, which is back and better than ever in the sequel. Deadpool 2 moves so quickly and throws so many hilarious one-liners, meta jokes and cultural references at the audience that it’s honestly difficult to breathe. Just like the original, this film is crude, gross, gory, bonkers and I can personally guarantee that you’ll (probably) love every minute of this outrageously funny sequel. Deadpool 2 isn’t all jokes all the time, however, and it’s great to see Ryan Reynolds and David Leitch explore the more moving and tragic side of Deadpool. Underneath the jokes and violence, Deadpool is an extremely sad character, and by examining that hidden depth, this film makes Deadpool a more compelling and enjoyable anti-hero.

When it comes to Deadpool 2, you’ve got to give a lot of the credit to director David Leitch. In comparison to the first film, Deadpool 2 feels and looks more cinematic. That’s not to say that Deadpool lacked technique or that Tim Miller wasn’t a great director, but with Deadpool 2 Leitch delivers a more stylish and a visually impressive movie. Obviously, Leitch is most known for John Wick, and I think it’s fair to say that he brings all of his directing experience with him, especially his experience with action scenes. The fights, of which there are many, are executed brilliantly throughout this film, and Leitch specifically succeeds at making Domino’s look realistic and cinematically impressive.

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Image via 20th Century Fox

A lot of people out there might look at Deadpool 2 and complain about the simple plot, and while I would agree that the story lacks complexity, I believe that the straightforward narrative is actually one of the film’s strengths. By making the narrative less complicated and throwing Deadpool into a simple adventure,  Leitch can focus on the characters and the comedy, which is why we love Deadpool in the first place. In my opinion, Deadpool 2 would be a far worse movie if Leitch and Reynolds had replaced character development and comedy with an overly complicated plot.

From the moment 20th Century Fox released Céline Dion’s official track for Deadpool 2, I knew that the soundtrack would rival the movie itself. In many ways, music acts as a character in Deadpool 2, and while I can’t go into specifics because of spoilers, I’ll simply note that music is used hilariously during the film and you’ll actually find yourself laughing hysterically at the music/score multiple times throughout Deadpool 2.

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Image via 20th Century Fox

What Didn’t Work?

Possibly my only issue with Deadpool 2 is that at various points throughout the movie, some of the special effects look video-gamey and unfinished, which isn’t great when multiple characters are created using CGI. Thankfully, most of the action scenes walk away unscathed, but a few of the more significant and courageous sequences are obviously CGI. This is, however, only a small issue I had in an otherwise brilliant sequel.

Overall

Deadpool 2 is the rare kind of sequel that manages to capture the tone and style of the original, while improving certain elements and introducing new concepts to create something fresh and dare I say, better. This foul-mouthed, hilarious, gory and surprisingly heartfelt film will be one of the most entertaining movies of the year, so make sure you don’t miss it.

★★★★

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