2016 was the year the merc with a mouth found his way to the big screen for his first solo effort. Of course, there was his brief stint in X-Men Origins, but no one likes to talk about that. Despite being R-rated, Deadpool was a massive success. Two years later, we finally get Deadpool 2. It’s dirtier, more extreme and the jokes are even more R-rated. But does Deadpool 2 live up to the hype or do the jokes fall flat?
What is Deadpool 2 about?
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.
Wade loses something he loves dearly. It makes him join the X-Men for a very short while, where he encounters a young boy who needs his help. At first he is not willing to help, until he realises that kids can do better. After that moment, he assembles the X-Force in order to rescue the kid. This however, does not go according to plan. It’s good to see that the film is deeper than just random jokes and gruesome battles. There is a reason why Wade is forced to make choices which are very unlike his superhero persona Deadpool. It made the stakes feel a little bit higher. Although stakes haven’t been higher in any recent superhero film than in Infinity War (still not over it).
Lots of laughs but a little too obvious
Deadpool 2 was a very funny film, in the same way its predecessor was funny. It’s obvious that after the success of the film, the creators had more free reign to make it extra violent and add in more jokes. While this did contribute to the overall enjoyment, at times I felt like the jokes were too forced. While I still laughed out loud during some moments, there were still plenty of jokes that fell flat. Not only with me, but with the entire audience. For that reason, Deadpool 2 is not as good as the first film, but it’s still highly enjoyable. There were plenty of digs at the Avengers, which definitely got the most laughs. Also, as always with a Marvel film, stay for the post-credit scenes. Basically they were the funniest moments of the entire film, which does say a lot as there were plenty.
Actors and Cameos
We all know Ryan Reynolds is awesome as Deadpool. He was born to play the role and there is no other actor who could do it as well as he does. That said, he is not the only one who makes the film a treat. Josh Brolin is great as Cable, but then again, we know he is good at playing villains. I mean, he wiped out half of the universe a few weeks ago. Another great new addition is Zazie Beetz as Domino. She kicks ass, partly because her superpower is luck and partly because she is just a bad ass. More characters from the first film return, such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Weasel and Dopinder. All make the film feel like coming home.
Also there are quite a few cameos which are definitely worth looking out for. Terry Crews (the guy who shouts a lot) as Bedlam, Bill Skarsgard as Zeitgeist and if you watch very closely, you might even see Brad Pitt for a brief second. These are the little things that make watching Deadpool very enjoyable.
If you are a Marvel fan, or a fan of superhero films in general, Deadpool 2 is a must-see. It has all the ingredients that made the first film so good and while they exaggerated a little with the extravaganza at times, it’s still very enjoyable. There are great and gruesome action scenes, enough jokes and kick-ass characters to entertain you. Definitely worth checking out!