Deadpool 2 Film Review: Another Healthy Dose of Laughter and Emotion

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May 15th, 2018

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Review of: Deadpool 2

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On May 15, 2018
Last modified:May 18, 2018

Summary:

David Leitch gets creative with Marvel's foul mouth anti-hero while telling solid jokes and adding unexpected emotional depth. Another great adventure for one of Marvel's strangest comic-book icons!

Review of: Deadpool 2

Reviewed by:
Rating:

4
On May 15, 2018
Last modified:May 18, 2018

Summary:

David Leitch gets creative with Marvel's foul mouth anti-hero while telling solid jokes and adding unexpected emotional depth. Another great adventure for one of Marvel's strangest comic-book icons!

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Deadpool 2 Film Review: Another Healthy Dose of Laughter and Emotion

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 flavour - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

Deadpool has not had the best time in Hollywood, with his live-action debut in X-Men: Origins Wolverine being a rushed last-minute addition that painted the mercenary in a bad light. A shameful cash grab which wasted the brilliant Ryan Reynolds, and tapped shut X-Men’s most famous superhero and made him an awful mindless villain. But all changed in 2016 with the Tim Miller critically praised solo Deadpool project, which was appreciated for it’s focus on character development and signature comedic flair.

Ryan Reynolds performance in Deadpool (2016), blew everyone away with his wild obscure pop culture references. Embracing everything about the mercenary from his bizarre comic book roots, signature personality and fourth wall breaking wit. I adored his take on the character as he poured every fibre into his strange being. He made the role his own and fully embraced the comic book genre with its absurd logic.

It grossed a whopping $783 million worldwide, breaking records and becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time. Deadpool's success allowed 20th Century FOX to follow on with more R-rated superhero adventures, leading into the groundbreaking and critically acclaimed Logan (2017). But what next for the man who started it all? It’s hard to follow up unprecedented success and Ryan Reynolds strike gold a second time. Or could this be another bad outing for the mercenary? Here is our review of Deadpool 2.

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Marvel’s famous cognisant mercenary anti-hero Wade Wilson, delivers another healthy dose of stylistic violence and lashes of emotional grander in the anticipated Deadpool 2. It brings a sense of character development to the table, tackling strong themes including death and being part of a family which is used correctly in conjunction with signature humour. Ryan Reynolds’ performance as Deadpool still works in spades, especially between the time-travelling mutant Cable due to their banter which comes alive on screen without feeling forced. It’s an incredibly violent buddy cop comedy, with superhero elements that embraces Deadpool and his wild personality while taking creative chances within the genre.

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Deadpool 2 takes place not long after the first, as foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool) played by intentional heartthrob Ryan Reynolds brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-travelling mutant, Cable. (Josh Brolin).

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) forms the X-Force to help out the young mutant and give him a family, but chaos ensues while Cable (Josh Brolin) is after blood as the kid’s future is uncertain. But what is a family? That is a question, which is addressed throughout the run-time and gives some needed emotional weight to the bombastic action sequences. All working in conjunction with each other to a fun summer blockbuster, allow audiences to rest after the dark Avengers: Infinity War.

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Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds (both no strangers to writing comedy projects) deliver more stylised comedy that works wonders with the mercenaries signature personality and borrows elements from the 1990’s X-Force run. It feels like the perfect blend of the last Deadpool Hollywood production and the buddy cop angel seen in American classic 48 Hrs. It serves as the origin story of X-Force while being able to introduce favourite Cable to masses as the main antagonist and delivers one of the most exciting dynamics in superhero titles with great performances.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) the evil mouthed anti-hero has been busy since we last saw him in 2016, fighting Ninjas and Yakuza members while caring for his loving girlfriend, Venessa. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) delivers another solid performance, combining his signature comedic timing and energy to produce one of the most intriguing takes on the character yet.  Director David Leitch fully embraces the enduring superhero and allows the insane Wade to feel like an actual person with feelings. I love the characters overall growth, which makes each of his scenes have a sense of emotional weight.

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Side characters including the newly introduced Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are definite highlights as their personalities work wonders within the just formed X-Force. It was great to see more robust female heroes in the X-Men Universe, as they bring out a needed dose of equality to  Hollywood circles and should stand tall with the competition. And their action scenes are without a doubt some of the best in recent memory, all using their strange powers to the best potential.

Deadpool 2 also introduces fan-favourite Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-travelling mutant who has come from the future to eliminate a young kid who is destined for bad things. He is a solid antagonist who brings out the best in Deadpool, with solid banter that pushes him to another level. I loved his introduction which gives homage to Cable’s X-Force run and connects with audiences with one badass action scene. Josh Brolin delivers another grand perchance as Cable, with his snarky delivery give fans some groundbreaking dialogue between the X-Force. There was something so charming seeing him bite into Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool - and should allow for laughs in the theatre.

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Verdict

Deadpool 2 does not reinvent the genre but instead enablesWade Wilson, and his newly formed X-Force room to grow outside their shells while delivering adventure filled with signature laughs and steroid-laced action. It celebrates everything people love about the mercenary while bringing in some emotional twists and banter with his time travelling antagonist/friend Cable. There is something for everyone in this anticipated sequel, based on Marvel's quirkiest anti-hero.

David Leitch gets creative with the character while staying true to his John Wick inspired mindset for Marvel's foul-mouth hero and improved upon the foundations seen before. It may not have an Avengers level plot but does wonders in allowing audiences to experience Deadpool in all his glory. A treat for comic book fans, and needs to be seen in IMAX formats. The nearest IMAX screen! So what are you doing reading this review? go and see Deadpool 2.

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David Leitch gets creative with Marvel's foul mouth anti-hero while telling solid jokes and adding unexpected emotional depth. Another great adventure for one of Marvel's strangest comic-book icons!

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