Review: Deadpool 2

The merc with a mouth is back with a bigger and swearier sequel after the original set the world alight. The odds are once again stacked against our favourite hero, but this time he has a lot more help thanks to new heroes joining the frey. While it’s hard to argue ‘Deadpool 2’ is a bad film, it’s still a shame it feels like a bit of a disappointment.

I think it’s important to know I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film. While Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast and a few of the jokes really landed, I found the film rather generic and actually pretty safe. People hyping it up as one of the best superhero films ever didn’t help either (it’d struggle to crack my top 20). Still, thanks to a genius marketing campaign and new cast members I love (mainly Rob Delaney), I began to think the sequel was going to be the film I wished the first one was. I did enjoy this film more than the first, but again, I’ve been left wanting more.

I did enjoy this film more than the first, but again, I’ve been left wanting more.

My first reservation about the film is one I had about the original; the plot is extremely basic and generic. I’m not talking about plot holes or flaws in the story, I was just dissapointed that at times is really was as simple as getting from point A to B. However, because of the constant comedy, it’s very well hidden. While some will say the comedy should come first, it’s a shame it doesn’t try to make a storyline we can connect to, especially as one of the few adult orientated superhero films, because of this a lot of the emotional moments don’t land as much as they should.

it’s a shame it doesn’t try to make a storyline we can connect to, especially as one of the few adult orientated superhero films…

Another issue I have is how the original supporting cast get completely sidelined. Weasel’s (TJ Miller) role was either altered because of the allegations against Miller or he really was very underused and could’ve easily been recast or removed from the film. In a film as meta as this, he could’ve easily been recast and Deadpool could’ve actively acknowledged it, keeping him in for a really minor amount of scenes is just jarring. Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hidlebrand) are completely forgotten about despite being firm fan favourites before. But worst of all is Dopinder (Karen Sonic) who is seemingly handled by a different set of writers who wish to make him a walking stereotype, taking away everything that made him funny in the original. The sequel went bigger, but it forgot about everyone who helped make the first one a success.

…thanks to the pizzazz she brings, as well as the downright badassery, Domino steals the show.

While the old cast are treated like a distant family member you don’t care for, the new cast get shown off like a new girlfriend. Josh Brolin is as good as you were hoping he’d be as Cable but the real standout is Zazie Beetz as Domino. As the film jokes, her powers aren’t that interesting or “cinematic”, but thanks to the pizzazz she brings, as well as the downright badassery, Domino steals the show. The new members who make up the X-Force also get their moments to shine, none more than Rob Delaney, who is perfect as “typical dad” Peter and is destined to become a popular Halloween outfit this year. The trailer already cemented him as a fan favourite and the full feature only confirms this.

The jokes come at a relentlessly fast pace and whilst they don’t always land, the majority are brilliant.

Now, while I’ve been pretty negative so far, it’s fair to say this film made me laugh A LOT. The jokes come at a relentlessly fast pace and whilst they don’t always land, the majority are brilliant. They also vary between crass jokes and very self aware ones. The fourth wall breaking and pop culture references are all perfect in their own ways. It was said you need to see all of the MCU films to understand ‘…Infinity War’ (you do). The same could be said for ‘Deadpool 2’, but only so none of the jokes go over your head. The crass jokes don’t land anywhere near as well however. A few here and there wouldn’t have gone amiss, but the constant use of them soon wears off their effect. It’s also a bit of a let down the one of the only adult comedy superhero films relies on immature humour too much.

While it’s a disappointment, it’s still a good film, I just wish it was as awesome as the rest of the world makes it out to be.

My feelings towards ‘Deadpool 2’ are almost identical to the original, it’s a solid film with Ryan Reynolds perfectly cast, but nowhere near as spectacular as its been made out to be. I feel the marketing is utterly superior to the finished product and that its comedy masks any issues people have with it. If you’re not into the superhero genre, you’ll love this film a lot more than me I feel. While it’s a disappointment, it’s still a good film, I just wish it was as awesome as the rest of the world makes it out to be.

7/10

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