I know right. I bet you didn’t know that ‘Deadpool 2’ was a sequel. But it is, shockingly. What I mean is that it’s basically a classic sequel, in that it does what the first film did, but does it all bigger (and better?). I was a huge fan of the first film, it was something different to other superhero movies, and besides the lower than low stakes fight at the end, it was a really entertaining, funny film that I’ve watched multiple times. Ryan Reynolds is perfect for this role, so perfect that I really don’t think he has to act at all. He’s also involved in the writing of this film, and I’m personally a big fan of when characters write lots of their lines. ‘Deadpool 2’ introduces a few more side characters, has more spectacular and better choreographed fights, and I’d say the acting is in general superior to the first film. Obviously its main attraction is the humour, and the film definitely knows it. I laughed out loud more at this film than I have in a while, but I do have issues with it on reflection.
After the groundbreaking insights I’ve provided for you in the title, I feel like the best way to break down this film is to look at what it did better than the first one and what it did worse. Going in the better category is definitely the villain(s). I liked Ajax/Francis, but Josh Brolin is a top calibre actor and he kills it as Cable. He’s intimidating, powerful and brutal, whilst still maintaining a pain and vulnerability to his character. I was slightly worried about Brolin playing Thanos as well as Cable, and seeing the two films a week apart could have taken me out of the film slightly, but it didn’t even register with me that he’d been in ‘Infinity War’ until Deadpool reminded us. Julian Dennison is also amazing, there’s obviously just something about Kiwis that works in the MCU, because he’s the second one to smash it. He’s hilarious, emotional and the fact that he’s 4 years younger than me is just really quite depressing. I also really enjoyed the side characters. I’m a big Terry Crews fan, and his death was possibly the funniest moment of the entire film for me. All the trailers seemed to point to a big X-Force team up, and watching Wade’s group of assembled *heroes* slowly fall to their respective deaths was absolutely hilarious. One of the brightest parts of the film was definitely Domino, with her unique power of luck. It sounds pretty boring, but it makes for some of the most entertaining moments of the film. Zazie Beetz was amazing in ‘Atlanta’, and it’s great to see her hopefully get the worldwide fame that she definitely deserves. She’s a fine addition to the MCU, and is a character I’d love to see in Avengers 4, even though I know that’s not going to happen. I guess we can add humour into the good bit too. There are some really hilarious jokes in this film, but I guess I’d describe it as a footballer who shoots every single time they’re in the box: if you shoot enough times, you’re going to score. ‘Deadpool 2’ crams in so many jokes that they’re bound to land with more than a few. There’s some nice callbacks to the first film, some sharp one-liners, and some brilliant classic Deadpool meta-jokes, and it really did make me laugh, a lot, but I did sometimes feel like it was just too similar to the first one in terms of humour. Deadpool is at his best when he’s random, immature and meta, not when he’s just swearing to get an R rating. Also the dubstep jokes just weren’t funny, and I don’t even like dubstep.
That brings me on to what ‘Deadpool 2’ didn’t quite do as well as the first film. Firstly, the glaring one for me was the two main side characters from the last one, Dopinder and Weasel. I think the studio was so busy looking at the other characters they were bringing in, which were class, that they forgot how to write these two, because they were both so, so cringey. TJ Miller was actually hard to watch as he literally did the same jokes from the first film, with different wording, and forgot to make them funny. Similarly, Dopinder turned into a completely different character, and I just wasn’t a fan of the new direction. I liked him much better when there was separation between his and Deadpool’s lives. I guess my other issue is the humour (yes, it’s a positive and a negative). I really enjoy meta humour, but I feel like it’s at its best when it’s subtle. Let’s take a brief detour and look at ‘Community’, the ‘Deadpool’ of sitcoms. I guess in a lot of ways, Wade is the Abed of the Deadpool films, being the one making all the pop culture references, and knowing he’s in a film. But in ‘Community’, it’s just…better…Admittedly, Deadpool’s lines about “lazy writing” are really funny, but he breaks the fourth wall to do it. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, and the fourth wall breaks and needed for Deadpool, but I would’ve liked some subtler references. In ‘Community’, Abed will say something to a character that both works as a line, but also references how we, the audience, might feel. For example, in ‘Critical Film Studies’, he comments that “we haven’t hung out as much this year”, which is not only an emotional line in the show, but also something that we might be thinking, i.e “Why haven’t Abed and Jeff had any episodes together?”. What I’m trying to say is that there’s nothing wrong with ‘Deadpool 2”s jokes, but I just think meta-humour should be subtle and clever, and it isn’t in this film.
To be honest, there’s not much more to say on this film. If you liked the first one, you’ll like this one. If you didn’t like the first one, you won’t like this one. As I said, ‘Deadpool 2’ is a sequel.
Best scene: I liked the Dolly Parton montage. Actually no, the post-credits scene. That was amazing.
Best character: Domino
Best actor/actress: Josh Brolin
Best quote: “I was fighting a caped badass, but then we discovered that his mom is named Martha, too.” – Wade