Movie Review: Deadpool 2
The Merc with a Mouth returned to the big screen this weekend with the simply titled Deadpool 2. David Leitch directed the R-rated sequel while Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds wrote the screenplay. The film follows Deadpool’s forming of the X-Force team in an effort to protect a teenage mutant. The movie sees the return of Ryan Reynolds as the talkative mercenary Deadpool with such favorites as Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead also returning. The film also co-stars Josh Brolin as Cable, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Zazie Beetz as Domino, and Julian Dennison as Russell Collins.
The film begins with Wade Wilson/Deadpool recounting what he has been accomplishing since the end of the first film. He has been successfully taking out targets all over the world for the past two years. When his circumstances are suddenly changed, though, Colossus convinces Wade to try doing some good by joining the X-Men. Deadpool attempts to do just that, and the team soon finds themselves intervening at a standoff between a young mutant named Russell and the local authorities at an orphanage labeled as a “Mutant Reeducation Center.” When the standoff does not go as planned, Wade soon finds himself stuck with Russell, who is in more danger than Wade realizes.
So, Deadpool 2 is different in tone than the original, but it still manages to maintain the humor and irreverence found in the first film. Deadpool’s iconic way of breaking the fourth wall continues here, and it leads to a multitude of hilarious moments. There are so many jabs at Wolverine, Fox, and Ryan Reynolds in this film, and it never fails to make me laugh. Seriously, the rivalry that Deadpool imagines between himself and Wolverine completely works the entire time. Also, their use of music in this movie just adds to the humor, and some of the tracks from the original score are the funniest things I have ever heard included in a superhero film. The screenwriters deliver on endless jokes and jabs, and Ryan Reynolds and the rest of the cast deliver them perfectly.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the film holds a few surprises, and it even shows some signs of emotion throughout it. Wade’s personal journey is unexpected, and the team somehow manages to lean into the gravity of it while also maintaining laughs throughout. While the scenes with Dopinder the cab driver still provide some of my favorite moments, the new additions to the cast are truly fantastic. The back and forth between the lucky Domino and Wade plays out perfectly, and Zazie Beetz pulls off this role effortlessly. Actually, the whole recruitment of the X-Force team is fairly memorable, and the scene where they all jump out of the airplane is unforgettable. Plus, we just all love Rob Delaney as Peter. The movie also marks another solid performance from Josh Brolin, who adds another layer to the story, and the cameos in this movie are some of the best I have seen in recent years.
Overall, Deadpool 2 is a solid sequel and a lot of fun. The story is simple, but it provides all the set-up that is needed for the X-Force film that is set to follow. It will leave you captivated with Ryan Reynolds’ endless charisma in this role, and it will also keep you laughing with its irreverent humor. If you enjoyed the original, then the sequel is definitely worth a watch in theaters. However, be sure to stay for the post-credits scene, which might be the best post-credits scene we have ever received.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.