Deadpool 2 has me thinking The Merc With a Mouth needs a breath mint, as the new film doesn’t feel all too fresh. There’s a lot of things that work, like the characters and gags. Then there is the rest of it.
The original Deadpool was a surprise of how awesome it was with comedic gold and engaging characters. Meanwhile, Deadpool 2 is also a surprise of how so much of what made the first one great is missing. The story follows Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) trying to save a mutant child, Russel, who Cable (Josh Brolin) has traveled from the future to kill.
Deadpool 2 takes on the thought of going bigger and better. It forgets the latter and falls into the same traps so many sequels before it did as well. For a movie loudly taking jabs at other terrible movies like Green Lantern and Batman v Superman, it should lower its tone.
However, the movie works in the smaller moments and genius interactions between characters. Almost every supporting character is utilized in the best way possible – well, except Cable – but we’ll get to that later.
Some action doesn’t work here when it does the gun-fu-type John Wick combat and doesn’t come off impactful. Things feel way too choreographed at times like it’s Deadpool: The Ballet and not Deadpool 2. The first fight between Cable and Deadpool didn’t have the same passion as it did with Francis. The convoy fight was better because it added in comedic elements and is Deadpool 2 at its best.
The story doesn’t do well at building things. Instead, we just move from one location to the next. Russel serves as a plot device rather than a driving force like the first film had with Vanessa.
‘Deadpool 2’ Characters
Coming off of playing a great antagonist as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Josh Brolin is wasted here as Cable. He is pretty one note through most of the run-time. Cable & Deadpool have a great relationship in the comics. They can be shooting at each other one minute and besties the next. We only get to see a glimpse of that relationship near the end and it sucks. Cable throughout most of the film was stiffer than socks in the room of a teenage boy.
There are great bits in here like the X-Force scenes, which have to be the peak of the whole thing. To help stop Cable, Deadpool creates X-Force and enlists a colorful cast of characters for his mission. The team helps to provide the most comedic parts of the film, hands down. A standout from X-Force is Domino (Zazie Beetz), utilizing her power of luck for hilariously awesome moments. She is cool and confident, and her chemistry with Wade rivals Vanessa’s. The banter between Deadpool and Domino is great, especially the ones involving her power of luck. In the middle of a tense scene, he tells her to “use your imaginary powers to stop Cable from killing the kid”.
Reynolds is in top form as Wade giving his all in the role. His comedic timing and delivery of lines work, despite what he has to work with at times. When he switches up for more endearing moments with Vanessa, it works as great as it did in the original.
Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus are back to make Wade into a respectable hero. It fails but oh, is it fun to watch Wade fail. Deadpool is practically immortal and the movie makes use of that to great comedic effect.
Whose Mans Is This?
Deadpool 2 is a film that has many good ideas at its core, but messy as hell around it. Pacing is a big problem as there are points everything stalls till the plot kicks back in.
Sound here is purposely trying to be bad at times with dubstep as a running joke. Being tongue in cheek doesn’t stop my ears from bleeding. Music is supposed to supplement scenes. Playing DMX in the original film’s climax worked and fit the character. Any similar attempts here come off very bootleg and cringe-worthy.
CGI here is all right for the most part; same quality as the original. Colossus gets the most work and everything else does its job. However, one Domino scene got unintentional laughs with how dirty they did the MVP of Deadpool 2.
They probably told poor Beetz, “Run through the street. We’ll add everything in post.” They didn’t. Instead, they played her like my friends played me in trust fall exercises. Thanos must have been in charge of the CGI here because someone was trolling. Replacing the fake explosions with bubbles would have looked better.
Bad Can Still Be Fun
There is a heap of cameos in this movie; Easter eggs and tons of references to make any comic fan blush. It takes many great cues from the comics by splashing in other characters that add color to the film. What it also unfortunately embraces is Deadpool never shutting up in the worst way.
DP2 throws 1001 jokes per minute, hoping something sticks. It becomes tiring – that is Wade’s MO of annoying his enemies into submission. I thought I was his friend, though. I bought the first movie!
There is enough great comedy and action, like the convoy scene, to be worth a watch. Characters are the backbone of this experience and when focused on that is when Deadpool 2 shines. At the end of the day, if you’re a Deadpool fan you should go see this movie. Just know that this has some glaring problems that distract from a fun film at its core.
What are you looking forward to in Deadpool 2? Am I completely wrong about this? Leave your comments below!