Review: Deadpool 2

May 17, 2018
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It’s easy to forget that Deadpool is a superhero based on a real comic book character and not a parody of superhero films.  I remember watching the first Deadpool and being blown away at how funny the whole thing was; however, because it was so low budget (relatively speaking with only $58 million) and how hilarious it was, it felt like a joke.  Don’t get me wrong, the first Deadpool is great, although it doesn’t hold up as well as I wish it would.  But it felt like a comedy first and then a superhero film as a distant second.  Deadpool 2 fixes that by making a hilarious movie that is just as much a superhero film as it is a comedy.

First thing 20th Century Fox did this time around was double the budget of this sequel from the first one.  You can tell too.  The CGI from the first one looks cheap and distracting.  Next, they gave it a much better release date.  The last one came out in the middle of winter and still made a boat-load of money.  This one is coming out at the beginning of the summer blockbuster season and stands to make even more.  Finally, they got a much bigger cast.  The original felt like a small film because it was a small film.  Ryan Reynolds was the only star and the cast was kept small.  Deadpool 2 not only forces Reynolds to share the screen with Josh Brolin (who’s all over the place this summer) but increases the cast in the most hilarious and frivolous way possible (including one blink-and-you-miss-it A-list cameo).

But it’s not just dick jokes with ultra violence…it has that, but that’s not all it offers this time.  Deadpool 2 sticks more to the comic books with the introduction of Brolin’s character, Cable.  It also tackles some dramatic scenes with Reynolds giving us a reminder that he is a great actor that happens to be able to slay comedy as well.  As if that wasn’t enough, the script is far better this time and offers a richer story.  Those of you expecting the first Deadpool will still get it but those that wanted a bit more, like me, got it this time around.  

A lot of fanboys were nervous when the keys to the Deadpool car were handed off to a different director than last time.  David Leitch is a former stuntman who has only recently gotten into directing.  In fact, his only directorial job of a feature film before this was the impressive but box office flop Atomic Blonde.  But when you consider that the first film was directed by someone who never made a feature film before, one other movie on a resume is a step up.  When you consider how profitable the first one was, you have to wonder why Fox made the change but whatever the reason, I’m glad they did because Leitch does a fantastic job.

What’s funny about Deadpool is that he’s the anti-superhero superhero.  While many people are getting burnout on these films, Deadpool 2 is here to make fun of all that while still being a superhero movie.  Unlike the first one, this has all the action and big, expensive scenes you expect to see in one of these films and it also has the self-evident jokes that mock the rest.  It truly is a wonderful adult superhero movie that surpasses its predecessor to the excitement of this critic.  Reynolds has teased that this is the last Deadpool solo film but I think I speak for everyone when I say, “I sure hope not.”