I’ll start this review with four letters; LMAO. Just seems apt to.
Hi everyone! Yeah, yeah. It’s me. I’m back. Again.
Apologizing over and over for the evil bitch that is life getting in the way and causing me to go rogue away from here (for lengthy periods on end) is a tired, old horse that has taken so much of a beating, it’s as good as dead.
So I won’t beat it. The horse, I mean. Not today.
But I’m here. I’m back. Let’s get to it.
If you go through this here blog of mine, you’ll notice that the first movie I reviewed was the first Deadpool. I will now enter a time haze for a moment and return to 2016.
That movie came to fruition. A miracle (more or less) to behold. A refreshing cape-flick that in all of its crass vulgarity was exceedingly meta, funny to death and actually had people saying that the “Superhero Movie Fatigue” (which doesn’t even exist, BTW 😑) has been averted.
A good movie. A good time.
Fast forward and here we are with a sequel.
From a new director David Leitch (who worked on the awesome John Wick and directed 2017’s Atomic Blonde) and the powerhouse producers (Kinberg etc.) returning to oversee.
I was entirely skeptical at first because I was almost sure there was NO WAY they would be capturing lightning in a bottle liked they did with the first. Especially without Tim Miller (first movie’s director).
A reasonable worry at the time, but thinking back, was I wrong to be skeptical? The answer is…wait for it…
Deadpool 2 did the unthinkable. It’s as good as, if a bit better (in some areas) than the first.
I know. Even I can’t believe it.
In this day and age, we’re no strangers to R-rated superhero films. The ones that have the balls and are willing to go all out with how they’re executed. Every now and then, we’d get a Kick Ass or something as stirringly profound as Logan. We love our gory, crass, extra-violent superhero flicks which is why when Deadpool came around posing all that with a side of smart, rib-cracking meta-‘indulgement’, we loved it.
Here’s the thing; the name ‘Deadpool 2’ is apt.
Meaning that “2” in this case can be seen as a multiplier. Or an exponential, if you will.
More like: Deadpool * 2. Or better still, Deadpool2 .
The ante has been upped. Amplified.
There’s more swearing, more slicing and dicing, more witty gags, more gross-out jokes, more destruction (I swear, they literally destroyed an entire bridge this time), more meta references (seriously, you’re not even ready for all the jokes and jabs taken at other films, franchises and pop culture in general), more cameos.
More, more, more.
Is that necessarily a good thing? Yes. Why? Because that’s precisely what is expedient for the movie and franchise at this point. More.
Courtesy: 20th Century Fox
Before I dig too deep in, I should say that this review contains SPOILERS! (Duh.) If you haven’t seen the movie, well…probably get the hell outta here. Or continue at your own risk. You’ve been warned.
So yeah, synopsis.
Our favourite merc with a mouth, Wade Wilson/Deadpool, has settled in and put up with his mercenary business; singlehandedly taking out entire mob organizations in truly spectacular fashion. It’s all great until…oh, wait…
Sloppy job. He fails to clean up good and end a target. Said target comes back to bite him hard in the nutsack and so, all of a sudden, BAM! We’re saying bye-bye to Vanessa.
Wade’s sweet lady-love. She’s gone. Killed. Dead. *cue sad emoji* 😢 😭
Our guy can’t take it. He can’t be stuck in this life because she actually was his reason for living.
So of course he decides to go ahead and barbecue himself.
BOOM! He literally blows himself to smithereens.
COLOSSUS: “Nah. We need you. I’m putting you back together. You literally can’t die.”
DEADPOOL: “LEAVE ME ALONE TO SUICIDE MYSELF IN PEACE!”
COLOSSUS: “No. Come to the X-Mansion with me. Join the X-Men.”
DEADPOOL: “Ugh. Bleh.”
So…yup. Deadpool is in the X-Men now. A “trainee”. Lmao.
We re-unite with Negasonic Teenage Warhead, we meet her girlfriend, Yukio, and all seems dandy.
Then there’s a call about some weird ass Mutant Death Orphanage Re-education Center thingy or whatever and this teenage boy mutant (Russell Collins/Firefist) with pyrotechnic abilities who’s wrecking up the whole place. What?
They try to save/stop him, Deadpool overdoes the “hero” schtick and then he ends up in some crazy mutant prison with the boy Russell/Firefist.
Meanwhile, Cable’s there coming up and lurking with his badass techy abilities like: “Hmmph. I’m the baddie of the movie and I’m about to do some very bad things.”
So Deadpool and Russell start to bond and whatever in prison over being throwaways and whatnot. Then guess what? Here’s Cable breaking into the prison, wrecking havoc and trying to straight up kill Russell. WHAT??? Why the heck is this old, scrawny cybernetic monster from the future trying to kill an ‘innocent’ 14-year-old?
Deadpool ain’t having it. He defends Russell and brawls Cable until they’re both tumbling head over heels on the icy mountainside of the prison.
Thanks to another ‘vision’ of Vanessa, Deadpool decides: “Well, f@*k it. Russell matters to me. I need to be in his life.” Or something.
(I mean…he was finally gonna to start a family with Vanessa.)
So yeah, the ‘SAVE RUSSELL’ campaign is underway and here comes Deadpool’s ragtag team of misfit mutants to help rescue the kid before Cable gets to him.
Enter Bedlam (manipulates energy fields), Shatterstar (superstrength), Zeitgeist (vomits acid), Vanisher (you already know what he does from the name), Rob Delaney…oh and Domino (manipulates ‘luck’).
I swear I’m not even making this up.
So yeah, another epic standoff happens with Cable while the prisoners (Russell included) are being transported. Nobody knows there’s like some actual evil growing in Russell. Kid actually wants to destroy his torture orphanage and kill the staff. Particularly the head of the orphanage who is a pedophile for all thoughts and purposes.
He forms an alliance with the freaking Juggernaut, everything goes to crap during the standoff/chase, (LOTS of) people bite the dust and Deadpool ends up cut in half.
So remember that question about why Cable would want to kill Russell so bad?
Well, he literally shows up while Deadpool is still trying to heal/ ‘grow’ himself and spills the beans. What does he say?
“Russell is evil and he grows up evil and ends up killing my wife and kid. Which is why I came back here to the past to stop/kill him first.”
That explains it! So there’s like freaking time paradoxes to play with now. Nice one, writers.
DEADPOOL: “Russell isn’t evil! I’m in his life. I can change him, set him on a different path before he makes his first kill (at the orphanage).”
CABLE: “You have 30 seconds. Deal.”
YUP. So…final standoff.
Deadpool, Cable, Colossus, Domino,
Dopinder, Negasonic, Yukio vs. Russell + Juggernaut.
Crazy epic battle ensues.
Deadpool does something really crazy and sacrifices himself before Cable lands the death
blow bullet on Russell, causing Russell to have a change of heart. Lmao. Bleh.
PSYCH! He’s not dead. His franchise is here to stay and make you mess yourself up and laugh yourself to sh*# for all eternity. You’re welcome.
What a movie.
The craziest thing about this film is that the hyperbole of my description of the events is actually tame compared to the actuality.
So yeah, the performances/characters.
If I will talk about one glaring flaw this film had, it’s the secondary characters. Every single one (bar Cable and Domino) was wasted in truly abysmal fashion.
Maybe that was even the point of it, given that the film in itself was literally just a ‘Metapocalypse’? I’m not sure.
Not a single one was developed in the slightest. Yukio was literally there just to look cute in her pink wig next to Negasonic. *sigh*
Don’t get me started on the X-Force itself. No.
Ryan Reynolds though, was once again excellent as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. Still charming. Still hilarious. His effervescent fourth wall breaks never ever got old even when some jokes refused to land…
This is the role of his lifetime and at this point, there really isn’t anything else that can convince me otherwise.
His “death” scene is the best performance I’ve ever seen from him.
Josh Brolin gave a knowingly menacing and entirely believable take on Cable. His character found a way to still work without that much heft and insight given to his backstory. It was easy to overlook the reason why he’s even able to travel through time within the constraints of the universe/franchise.
Domino. Courtesy: Joe Lederer/20th Century Fox
Zazie Beetz was an absolute delight on-screen as Domino.
She’s right there, effortlessly snatching scenes from Reynolds, T.J. Miller and Brolin. She perks up the film with her character’s ability and her physicality, applying herself to the action sequences with gusto.
I loved her in it.
So yeah, the techincal stuff and whatnot.
Coming from the first Deadpool, it was to be expected that this one will have all, if not more, of the relentlessly impertinent gore and violence.
I did notice some more practicality in the way Deadpool was contorted and ragdolled (due to his ability). He was “broken” a number of times and surprisingly, most of those takes stayed in-shot.
The CGI was passable. Colossus was done well. It only got quite sore in the third act when The Juggernaut came into play totally.
The prison sequence, the chase and the climax battle of the film, all nicely exhilarating in their own ways; succinctly and conspicuously revealing the hand of a director who knows his way around an action scene. David Leitch is more or less renown at the point for being the one who put together the infamous staircase sequence from Atomic Blonde. It shows in the kinetic action sequences.
You probably now see why I maintain that this film is an equal to the first and quite better in certain ways.
The first one had a pretty formulaic storyline. This one’s story was a bit tighter, more compact and poignant. Vanessa’s death, while shocking and borderline “gimmicky”, was valid as it literally propelled the film. It also bothered to make arguments about morality what with the element of time-traveling and righting the past’s wrongs.
All of that between gags that WILL have you incapacitated and in stitches.
Fox played a game of poker with me. They said they were making a second Deadpool, I called their bluff and they proceeded to raise me one.
They won the game and Deadpool 2 was their hand.
Now I’m all for Deadpool 3. I hear it’s happening. BRING IT ON!
PS: The mid credits scene is one of the best I’ve ever seen in all of my life.
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Have a great one. Peace out.