Everyone’s favourite Merc With A Mouth is back for his second outing in the bigger and even more outrageous: Deadpool 2. Early rumours coming from the set had suggested that the film was not going to be as strong as it’s predecessor and press screenings seemed to confirm that fact (However, these are the same people who suggest that Suicide Squad was going to be a masterpiece, so each to their own I guess). Heading into the film I expected a flaccid, bloated sequel. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the gore filled tea bagging orgy of blood and violence that I was greeted with.
After being treated to the usual Deadpool formula of blood, guns and fourth wall breaking in the opening ten minutes, the film then delivers an emotional gut punch before diving into an opening credit sequence that parodies the likes of James Bond. Celine Dion puts her powerful vocals to action in a way that Sam Smith can only ever dream of doing. We are thrown back into the fray as Colossus takes Deadpool under his bulging chrome wings in a bid to make Deadpool to do some good for once and finally become a member of the X-Men, or X-People if you’re progressive, like Deadpool. And true to Deadpool’s character, he wastes this opportunity when saving Russell/Fire-Fist from causing any more damage which results in them both being sent to a maximum security prison built for mutants. This is when Cable (Excellently played by Josh Brolin) appears, played by the ruggedly beautiful Josh Brolin, in true Terminator style to kill Russell to stop a post apocalyptic future from happening. And that is all I shall say on the plot.
Normally bigger doesn’t always equal better when it comes to a sequel as many follows up often fall short, Troll 2, Sharknado: The Second One and the third season of Rick & Morty to name but a few. But in this case, the only thing you can do with Deadpool is go bigger with each increment. This film is utterly ridiculous, but this works to the film’s advantage. The action sequences are incredibly entertaining, blood filled and rambunctious, but most importantly they never feel stale, managing to keep myself and the audience thoroughly entertained throughout. This film is Deadpool on steroids and the hiring of John Wick director; David Leitch added further longevity to the film as he creates a well rounded film with his excellent style of directing when it comes to action sequences.
There are welcome returns to characters from the original Deadpool film in the form of Dopinder, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, the latter being severely underused in comparison to her role in the first film. Colossus once again is a stand out character as he persistently tries to reason with Deadpool about being a good guy to no avail. Weasel and Blind Al are also good in this and once again provide some good comedic moments throughout. We are also introduced to the new supergroup known as X-Force formed by Deadpool himself, which introduces some lesser known Marvel characters to take part in Deadpool’s latest crusade, they aren’t your Avengers, X-Men or Guardians, but they sure as hell star in what is one of the funniest scenes of 2018 so far. The most developed member of X-Force is Domino, who is a very welcome addition to the Deadpool franchise, I look forward to seeing what happens with her character in future films.
Another newcomer who is an excellent addition to film is Hunt For The Wilderpeople’s; Julian Dennison, who brilliantly portrays the troubled young mutant Russell/Fire Fist.who is struggling to control his newfound powers. Along with some brilliant comic timing that at times threatens to steal the show from Reynolds himself. It is also some of the scenes starring Dennison that make the films surprisingly emotional which show us a vulnerable side to Deadpool which was a nice change of pace as it allowed Reynolds to show off some serious acting chops, creating a nice change of pace in a film which usually has all its guns blazing. It gave the film a heart and also humanised the titular character, showing that whilst being a killing machine, he can also be humanised at the same time and is able to reign in his cocksureness, stopping it from becoming a tired joke.
This is by no means the film going serious, as the spirit of what makes Deadpool so entertaining as the writers; Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have succeeded once more in crafting a film full to the brim with laugh at loud zingers and some excellent character development and moments throughout. However, the film is not without its faults, there are times where the CGI isn’t great but the film itself does rip on that fact, particularly within it’s marketing. There are also a lot pop culture references which do become slightly overwhelming at times, however, those are my only qualms about the film.
Overall, this is a sequel that keeps the anarchic spirit of the original Deadpool alive whilst offering up some themes of love, loss, vulnerability and why family is important. In a world full of superhero films that take themselves too seriously, it is great to see a franchise hell bent on upsetting that status quo and daring to go into areas other superhero films dare not. Make sure you stay for the credits.