Deadpool 2 is exactly the sequel we deserved, as it provided an outrageous and unbelievably raunchy second adventure for our favorite anti-hero. The film’s humor easily carries the rest of the film, but not in a bad way, as the action is fast paced, well choreographed, and amusing. The humor just takes over the entire film because it’s Deadpool and Deadpool isn’t Deadpool without his jokes!
David Leitch takes the reins from Tim Miller in this highly anticipated sequel and recaptures the essence that is Deadpool in his entirety. Remaining faithful to the original with the same writers returning and a similar filmmaking style, Leitch created a true sequel that is a fantastic continuation of the story we left two years back. Full of action, well timed comedic moments, and fun cameos from start to finish, Leitch understands his place in the action world and utilizes every skill he has with the genre for Deadpool 2. The action is fast paced and full of constant humor - something that fans of David Leitch should be accustomed to by now. To be quite honest, David Leitch was the perfect choice to take over after Miller left the project due to creative differences. From a directing standpoint this film is outstanding; Miller was the first to bring it to our eyes, so his work will quite frankly always be better than who comes after.
Written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese - the original writers of Deadpool along with the fantastic comedy Zombieland - as well as the now credited Ryan Reynolds, the screenplay is full of humor and lengthened characterization of characters from the original. Deadpool 2 doubles down on several jokes from the original, while adding in even raunchier and filthier humor within the films allotted runtime. Nearly every joke lands on the first viewing, although some go right by, mainly because there are so many jokes being thrown in the audience’s direction every second that some just manage to go under the radar on first viewing. The action set pieces are well written and the fourth wall breaking is written to a whole new extreme. The film takes the format of the original’s clever simplicity and expands upon it, building a new team of heroes known as X-Force. If there was any dislike of the original’s humor, then this film will not succeed as it merely expands on the things that worked wonderfully first time around and develops it to a whole other level.
ACTING | CHARACTERS | DIALOGUE:
Similar to the original, Ryan Reynolds steals the show as the Merc with a Mouth, but is easily rivaled by some great talent alongside him. Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino were perfectly cast in their roles, and they are the biggest rivals to Reynolds throne as the star of the film. Julian Dennison’s Russell incompasses a lot of the actor’s previous work as Ricky Baker in “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” and that is great for that particular character as there is much to love from those character similarities. The returning cast of Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Stefan Kapicic (Colossus), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead) all re-enter their rightful places in the roles that they were meant to play and extend upon their characters in much more minimal ways than the original. The villain this time around is certainly no “Francis,” but he does his job well enough to help this sequel revenge plot move along. Several twist and turns for the characters really come off as incredibly shocking moments and really make you concerned for the future of certain characters in the film. An X-Force has been created and an X-Force movie is in the works - here's hoping the X-Force will return ‘as-is’ for the new feature.
VISUAL EFFECTS | MAKEUP | DESIGN:
MUSIC | SCORE | SOUND DESIGN:
Let’s just begin with the wonderful way this film incorporates a James Bond-esque opening title sequence with a beautiful use of “Ashes to Ashes” by Celine Dion. The soundtrack alone is a reason to see this film, as it provides a wonderful twist on several classics while throwing in humor about several track choices along the way (Breaking the Fourth Wall to do so). The score by Tyler Bates, who composed the brilliant score for both John Wick features, is a great score similar to the superhero angle that he achieved with the Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 score. The guns, the powers, and the swords during the fights all stand out when they are being used and give off any eerie surprise when they come out of nowhere - such as they do when used by Deadpool. Large explosions and giant fight sequences are wonderfully sound edited to amplify every hit, every bullet and every punch that the viewer witnesses.
The special effects in Deadpool 2 are great, although be it a little cartoonish at times, but fantastic without a doubt. There’s only one moment in the film that will undoubtedly catch the eye of any film addict (like myself), where Domino (Beetz) displays her luck abilities and the CGI on screen resembles more of a videogame than the effects present for the rest of the film. The two large CGI characters, who won’t be named to avoid spoilers, are wonderfully crafted in the effects department and their big action scenes are just as amazing as if they were being choreographed with live-action actors on set. Cable’s robotic features are wonderfully captured and look unbelievably real in the world that Wade Wilson resides, and the little bits of liberty given to Deadpool’s authentic suit that Reynolds wears are just as natural as they seemed in the first. The new X-Force abilities along with the introduced mutant, Russell, carry their personal superpowers fittingly and with the power of special effects, use their X-Men like mutant abilities for good, as well as some bad. Costume design is just as phenomenal as any modern day superhero film. They appear to have worked endlessly on getting all the significant characters’ designs as picture perfect to the comics as possible, and same could be said for the subtle use of makeup for injuries and abuse.
The film concluded with a wonderfully violent mid-credits scene that includes throwbacks to past work by Reynolds himself, along with having Deadpool practically rewrite several serious plot points within the sequel’s story. This makes the film even more interesting as it’ll be fascinating to see what the film decides to keep as canon, as the film can literally be rewritten by this mid-credits scene. If everything remains the way it ended prior to this scene, this film is a perfect sequel. It’s not superior to the original but instead stays relatively level to the masterpiece that was the first Deadpool. It has a few errors along the way but nothing that drags the experience below a fantastic one. To repeat my thoughts at the beginning: Deadpool 2 is triumphantly one of the best sequels, best comedies, and best superhero movies ever released.