Deadpool 2 review

Just your run-of-the-mill R-rated family film 

I’m not really a fan of sequels. More often than not, they’re simply unnecessary exercises in profiteering for hungry producers; especially when the first film left everything wrapped up nicely. The only thing worse than a half-hashed sequel is when they try to extend its life even further by turning it into a series (Exhibit A: Pirates of the Caribbean).

That said, there are rare occasions when a sequel turns out to be just as good, if not better than the original (Exhibit B: Empire Strikes Back). Thankfully Deadpool 2 falls into the latter category. 

When Deadpool was released in 2016, it felt like it had honed in on a specific type of humour and wit, executed so well and taking so many viewers by surprise that many believed it was an unrepeatable fluke. Other movies have since tried to recreate this bad-ass cynical hero model and failed horribly (Exhibit C: Suicide Squad). So walking into the cinema, one of the many thoughts I had was; would they be able to once again perfectly orchestrate a superhero film that delivered on the sarcastic, gore-tastic humour we’d grown to love, or would it fall flat on its face and prove that some things just can’t be re-created? 

If you came for another dose of Ryan Reynolds’ peculiar sense of humour and unheroic, bloody violence, then Deadpool 2 delivers spectacularly, proving the first film was no fluke. The film is an undeniable masterpiece that provides a refreshing juxtaposition to the Avengers’ series, which just weeks ago reached a heavy emotional climax with Avengers: Infinity war

Unlike the first film, not to mention many of the instalments in the Avengers franchise, Deadpool 2 tries to tap into a more serious set of emotions, as Wade Wilson spends the majority of the first half of the film in a deep suicidal depression – a brave choice for a film that has built its fanbase on witty one-liners and dick jokes.

***Slight spoiler***

After suffering a loss, Wade loses sight of his purpose and is on a journey to reinvent himself, which leads him into joining the X-Men as a trainee (Obligatory naff t-shirt included). 

***Spoiler over***

 My only real problem with the film was Josh Brolin’s Cable. Before you say anything, there was nothing wrong with Brolin’s performance, in fact is was the character’s only saving grace. But for a film that sets itself apart with unique characters and dialogue, Cable is a disappointing villain. Especially when compared to Avengers: Infinity War’s Thanos, who presented us with a disturbingly relatable motive for universal destruction. Part of his presence as a villain to be reckoned with was that, as horrible as it sounds, you could almost appreciate the logic behind his argument.

Now, Cable is less disturbing and a more typical superhero villain. His gripe is simply that he’s travelled back in time to murder a modern-day child, played brilliantly by Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s breakout star, Julian Dennison, and has to go through Deadpool’s motley crew in the process of achieving his mission. Terminator, anyone?

On the subject of Team Deadpool, I have to give a shout-out to Domino, the lucky mutant, who proves without a doubt that luck isn’t just a superpower, but that it might actually might be the best. Zazie Beetz is incredibly enjoyable to watch and is dynamic in each scene – If Marvel is taking suggestions on its next stand-alone films, then a Domino solo film is definitely one I would go to see. 

Verdict: A deviant masterpiece from the twisted brain of Ryan Reynolds, delivering far too-clever for its own good hilarity. Deadpool 2 is a worthy successor to the original and will not leave fans disappointed. All in all, it’s worthy of a crisp high-five from Reel.   

Rating: 9/10

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