FILM REVIEW: DEADPOOL 2
BY DAN SKIP ALLEN
20th Century Fox and the producers of Deadpool (including Ryan Reynolds) decided to do a self referential marketing campaign with Deadpool. This included poking fun at themselves, the entirety of the hitman genre & comic book genre, and Ryan Reynolds’s career. This proved to be a successful strategy. The fans came in droves to see this R rated comic book comedy. They all seemed to be asking themselves the same question: could the team capture the same magic for Deadpool 2 as they did in the original? The writers decided to blow up the main character in the very first scene. This was some ballsy writing from the Oscar nominated screenwriters of the first Deadpool film, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Deadpool “breaks the fourth wall” to help the audience understand how this came to be.
Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool takes us 6 days earlier. The scene opens on him doing his best John Wick impersonation. He’s going through rent-a-thugs like they were butter. Of all the thugs he kills, one incredibly gets away. That one guy decides he’s gonna take the fight to Deadpool but his girlfriend Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, gets caught in the crossfire. This is all Deadpool needs to go off the deep end. He sets his apartment on fire by setting a match over 6 barrels of gasoline. Is this a little bit of overkill? You decide. Colossus comes in to pick up the pieces. He brings Deadpool to recover at the X-Men Mansion. Colossus says he is sticking his neck out for him and that he needs to start doing things differently. That means no killing anymore. Watching TV they see a boy that has caused a commotion. He has glowing hands that look like they are on fire. They assume that he’s probably a mutant.
Deadpool jumps into action and tries to help the boy. The boy is named Russell Collins, played by Julian Dennison, last seen in Hunt for the Wilderpeople from director Taika Waititi. Russell doesn’t wanna go back to the Essex School where he was living. He tells Deadpool that they have abused him and a lot of other young mutants. Deadpool of course doesn’t help matters he makes things worse. A bunch of cops get killed and Russell and Deadpool get captured by the police and get sent to a supermax prison in the mountains. After a crazy fight scene in the prison involving Black Tom Cassidy and the Juggernaut, Deadpool & Russell escape. No thanks to the interfering Cable, played by Josh Brolin. Brolin is no stranger to large budget comic book franchises. He played Thanos in Avengers:Infinity War. The action in these scenes is incredible. It has everything you could want from these characters. They transition into forming the X-Force and are introduced to Domino, played by Zazie Beetz. Her superpower is being lucky so a lot of the time she barely makes it out of tough spots.
What I loved about Deadpool was the breaking of the 4th wall and all the self referential humor. Deadpool does this so much better in the 2nd film. They have so many scenes played for comedy but the story stays intact: he and his team must save this kid from what he might become in the future. The team up between Deadpool, Cable, and Domino was so well done. These characters/actors were born to work together in the X-Men Universe created by Fox. They have so much chemistry. David Leich really knows how to direct the action, he surely has experience as he previously directed Atomic Blonde starring Charlize Theron, an action packed spy film. This is such a funny action packed thrill ride. I absolutely had a blast watching Deadpool 2. I can’t wait for X-Force in the future if we’re going to get this kind of banter between comedy and action again.There are so many jokes playing off of classic movie characters and current characters in theaters now such as The Terminator and Avengers:Infinity War. This film does that even better than the first one. The soundtrack is amazing also. So many songs were perfectly placed at the right times. 9 to 5 by Dolly Parton for instance and Take on Me by Ah Ha. I have to implore you to stay through the film’s final credits. There is a hilarious post credits sequence. You will laugh out loud just like I did throughout this film. The film certainly does live up to the original film!