DEADPOOL 2 Review: 9 out of 10 (Merc with a Mouth...and a Plot)
DEADPOOL 2 is the rare sequel—an improvement over the original. Gone are the obligatory origin story arcs, forgettable plot, and foul-mouthed humor.
Well… two out of three anyway. [shrugs]
What this film does is double down on what worked—shameless fourth wall breaking, plenty of pop culture jokes, and a lot of self-aware humor. What that is packaged in is a pretty great plot that supersedes quite a few of its peers in the genre in terms of complication, action, and fun. When you consider that one could take the *best* thing about the franchise—the irreverent humor---and remove it completely from the film and still have a pretty great comic book movie in terms of structure, action, and plot…well…then you have hit the m***** f*****' jackpot.
DEADPOOL 2 is directed by David Leitch (ATOMIC BLONDE, JOHN WICK) with Reynolds starring in the title role alongside Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Jack Kesy. The film takes place two years after the original film as Wade has made a name for himself as the “Merc with a Mouth.” When tragedy strikes, Wade/Deadpool struggles to find a reason to continue forward. However, he finds purpose in saving another mutant (Julian Dennison) who is being hunted by a high-tech assassin from the future—Cable (Brolin). The movie wisely avoids any more origin stories of these characters but gives enough of a rough sketch for the audience to fill in the gaps. Deadpool commits to rescuing this young mutant, but he isn’t going it alone, recruiting from his friends the X-Men as well as doing some outside hero head hunting of his own. What the film offers is three distinct acts with some nice character development, some solid tension, and more than a few surprises along the way. Comic book nerds, Deadpool fans, and pop culture geeks will love all of the asides, the easter eggs, a few cameos, and the great soundtrack from Tyler Bates.
There are a *lot* of the gags here… and it does threaten to sort of collapse the film under its own self-aware pile of quips and puns. The difference here is a stronger story arc and an actual attempt to try and create a cohesive thread to the complete mish-mash that has been Fox’s attempts at their comic book superhero franchises. Although the movie never takes itself too seriously, it does allow these superheroes to exist in a world that somehow feels a bit more immersive in some ways. Chalk that up to its own inventiveness, or its humor, or just an outright commitment by the studio to build on the success of the initial film. Whatever they are doing, they need to keep it up. DEADPOOL 2 adds another chapter to what has quickly become the better of the superhero franchises. And that isn’t because of its irreverent humor, the buckets of blood, or its shameless nudges to the audience. Those are all just the bonus to a movie that creates a superhero universe that has plenty to build with.