Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Movie Review: "Deadpool 2" (2018)

Director: David Leitch
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes

Deadpool and his team of new allies try to rescue a young abused mutant from a horrible fate.
"I don't bargain, pumpkin fucker." (Image Source)
The 'Merc with a Mouth' and the master of meta-comedy is back in "Deadpool 2." "Atomic Blonde" director David Leitch takes over directorial duties for this sequel, replacing Tim Miller after he had a falling out with Ryan Reynolds. "Deadpool" scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick return to pen this screenplay, though Ryan Reynolds receives an additional writing credit on this installment as well. Once again, the not-so-good-guy Deadpool, aka Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), is taking out bad guys worse than himself. After a tragedy strikes, Wade becomes reflective of his existence and starts to question what he's doing. With an existential crisis on his hands, he wants to do some genuine good and he believes the way to do that is to really help others. His focus turns to a troubled teen named Russell, aka Firefist (Julian Dennison), who is dealing with anger issues that stem from being abused by those who were meant to take care of him. Wade hopes he can help ease Russell's mind and put him on the right path. Unfortunately for Wade, another man trying to deal with Russell and his anger issues has joined the fray. Cable (Josh Brolin), a time traveler from the future who knows Russell's maximum potential, aims to stop him from ever reaching it by any (violent) means necessary.
"Fuck your rules. Sometimes you have to fight for what's right, and sometimes, I fight dirty." (Image Source)
If you loved the original "Deadpool," you will most likely love this sequel. We get the same style of self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking, pop-culture-reference-infested humor here that we got in the original, but even more so this time around. This is not to say the jokes are recycled because they certainly aren't. The style in which the jokes are delivered feels very similar, but there's enough variation to make the humor seem fresh and new. "Deadpool 2" also has a lot of great situational humor where the laughs stem from what's happening on screen at that moment. There are even a few unexpected moments that we downright loved.
"What did I do to piss off a grumpy old fucker with a Winter Soldier arm?" (Image Source)
As we pointed out in our review for "Deadpool," Ryan Reynolds' sarcastic brand of comedy is perfect for the character of Wade Wilson. We can't think of a more perfect casting for this role. Julian Dennison is also wonderful as Russell, a foul-mouthed youngin who is tired of being abused and mistreated for simply being who he is. We loved Dennison in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," and we're excited to see what he does next. Another great new addition to the franchise is Domino (Zazie Beetz), who gets to prove that being lucky might actually be a superpower. Domino's presence is a welcomed one, and having her character in this movie leads to many hilarious scenarios for Deadpool and the newly formed X-Force team. There are many wonderful cameos and a few surprise characters and moments that we enjoyed immensely but won't divulge in this review because they should be experienced on their own without spoilers.

We laughed pretty much consistently from beginning to end, and we aren't talking little chuckles, we're talking big belly laughs. Beyond the humor, we actually really like the overall story and the character arcs. We feel like the antagonist in this sequel is much better developed and a bit more nuanced than the one from the previous installment. The story takes some unexpected twists and turns, to say the least, but we still enjoyed the fun, raunchy, self-aware ride.
"Another disgusting mutant off the streets. God bless America." (Image Source)
We went into "Deadpool 2" with moderately high expectations, and we weren't disappointed in the slightest. If you're a hardcore fan of the Merc with a Mouth, you probably won't be dissatisfied with this final product.

My Rating: 8/10
BigJ's Rating: 8/10
IMDB's Rating: ~8.2/10
RT Rating: ~83%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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