FILM REVIEW: DEADPOOL 2
BY KYLE ARANGO
Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch and stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Terry Crews, Brianna Hildebrand, and Rob Delaney. Deadpool 2 is the sequel to 2016’s Deadpool which was a massive success. This movie tells the continuation of Deadpool’s story and all the goofy adventures he goes on where he meets Cable and chaos ensues. Could Deadpool 2 be as good or better than the original Deadpool? That answer is no. While still a lot of fun and full of action, Deadpool 2 is unable to replicate the originality or magic that made the original so special.
To start off, Deadpool 2 had an uphill battle to begin with. The original was a phenomenon and made everybody fall in love with Ryan Reynolds in the role. It was a different superhero movie where the character consistently broke the fourth wall and made fun of other superhero movies. It felt fresh. After it made a boatload of money, they quickly rushed the sequel into production. You get more of the same in Deadpool 2, but it just became too much after a while. Some of the jokes and references are hilarious, but they don’t all hit and that becomes a problem. They went for the bigger and better route and that isn’t always the right way to go. One of my issues was the first act of the film. They throw you right back into Deadpool’s world and then you get joke after joke after joke. We understand you can break the fourth wall, we don’t need to be constantly reminded of it every two minutes.
With a sequel in any film comes new additions to the cast and there are plenty here. The big standout is Zazie Beetz as Domino. Her superpower is that she is lucky, and it plays to well in the movie. Her moxie and attitude are perfect, and you constantly want to see more of her in the movie. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is also just as great as he was in the first and you can feel his touch of passion for the character in the script. His motivation for the entire plot is so fascinating to watch and he has a great character arc. Unfortunately, an event happens that makes you wonder what the point of the whole movie was. There are also other additions to the cast who are not so great such as Josh Brolin as Cable. He acts the best he can with what he is given, but just feels like he is in a different movie all together. Even his dialogue is weak which they make fun of, but it does not give lazy writing a pass. He has great chemistry with everyone, it just feels like they didn’t quite know how to fully use the character. These are your main characters and everyone else is really in a supporting role. There are some really great cameos and reveals that you are going to want to keep an eye out for.
Now let’s get to what is probably the biggest selling point of Deadpool and that is the humor and the action. Some of the jokes are all timers that will have you dying from laughter. There is a great sequence of events in the middle of the movie that involves parachuting and it is glorious to watch. The post credits scene will also be considered one of the greatest post credit scenes ever. Others will just annoy you. A big problem is they will sometimes drag out a joke for too long to the point where it is not funny anymore. A joke can be great but if you do it too much, it loses its shine. The action however is glorious. There is not a single action scene that feels overplayed or over the top. Director David Leitch also directed one of the John Wick films and it shows here just how well he knows how to shoot action. From sword fights to explosions and gun fights, everything looks well drawn out. There is a particular scene involving Domino that works so well by combining her powers with the action going on. When the jokes and the action hit, they knock it out of the park.
In the end, Deadpool 2 is a worthy sequel to the original Deadpool and while it is not as great, there are still great moments throughout. Some of the jokes fall flat and some characters are better than others, but it does not ruin the movie at all. Ryan Reynolds has found the role he was born to play, and I hope we get to see more of Deadpool in future movies. Take your family to see Deadpool 2 but please leave the kids at home for their own sake.