If you’ve never seen the original Deadpool movie or read the comics let me make this very clear. This is not a family movie or one suitable for children. What it is is a no holds barred funfest from beginning to end. Hardly a minute goes by where you won’t be either gripping the edge of your seat of laughing at the inappropriate oneliners that are tossed about with surprising ease.
When Deadpool dropped in 2016 it sent the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a spin. No longer were the general public exposed to the squeaky clean image of the traditional superheroes, they now had a rude and obnoxious, loudmouthed, wisecracking antihero who killed with calculated ease and with a pure lack of remorse. He was a character we could root for, but feel a little bit of guilt for backing. With the runaway success of the original, it was a deadset certainty that the unimaginative studio executives who run Hollywood today would be looking at cashing in on the success of the first movie. That brings us to our Deadpool 2 review, and I can say that I’m pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
As I mentioned in the summary. Seldom does Hollywood produce a sequel to a movie that’s worth the ticket price. More often than not it’s a shadow of the original, and by the time the fifth iteration of the movie has been churned out the franchise has turned into somewhat of a joke, tarnishing the original greatness. Thankfully Deadpool 2 is not one of them. While taking many leads from the original, it’s fresh enough with a known character to offer up an unmissable 2 hours of entertainment.
Deadpool 2 picks up sometime after the original ended, and at a tragic time in Wade’s life. In the first act, we once again get to see his human side, something many other superheroes lack. Shockingly, the first act ends with a tragic surprise and leads into a somewhat sombre, yet still humorous opening credit sequence. As the movie progresses we once again get to see the dark and twisted humour of Wade and his companions come to the fore.
On the acting sphere of things, Ryan Reynolds is once again surprisingly spectacular in the title role. We was, in my opinion anyway, a surprising choice for a superhero given the failure of Green Lantern. But he is refreshingly amazing and is without a doubt the best choice for the lead role. Josh Brolin is spectacular, as expected, and portrays the role of Cable exceedingly well. The weakest role was that of New Zealand actor Julian Dennison, who struggled at times to keep pace with his more experienced counterparts.
Full of surprising and unexpected twists and turns along with a handful of cameo appearances and pop culture references, Deadpool 2 will leave you enjoying every moment that is its cinematic bliss. The two hours of runtime will feel more like one hour, and not nearly enough.
I’m happy to score this 9/10