Deadpool 2

I had a bad feeling about the sequel to the irreverent and crass-filled comedic sense of the first Deadpool.  It felt as if they might not be able to capture the lightning again.

And the first trailer was adequate but not as brilliant as I had oped.  So I had concerns about Deadpool 2, once again starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with the Mouth.

However, the final trailer featured some extremely funny lines and a much better tone and I had some hope.  Then the word of mouth was solid, so I had once again hope that it would be better than I thought it would be.

And do you know what?  It was.

In fact, Deadpool 2 was exceptional.  It was funny.  It was absolutely crass and obnoxious, but in the totally best ways.  Ryan Reynolds has proven that he is about the perfect casting of a comic book character as there ever has been.  And the end credits sequence is, arguably, one of the best in comic book movie history.

Deadpool 2 is a thrilling film, with surprising emotional depth, that is chocked full of laughs.

Now, I do think that it is slightly lower than the original.  One reason why I cannot explain because of SPOILERS.  Another reason was that it felt as if the film tried to cram too much of everything into the film.  More action. More crude jokes.  More 4th wall breaking.  There were a couple of times that it just felt too much.

And some of the CGI was a bit wonky.  Compared to what we saw with Thanos and Infinity War, the CGI in Deadpool 2 was no where near as strong.

But those are my only minor criticisms.

I thought Josh Brolin was great as Cable.  He is having himself quite the year, as first Thanos, now Cable and soon Siccario 2.

Then, Zazie Beetz as Domino was an amazing addition to the cast.  I want more of Domino and her luck power.  She had a great chemistry with Deadpool and their bickering was a highlight of the X-Factor stuff.

Speaking of them, I was also amazed at what happened with X-Factor.  Again, this is a spoiler, but their scenes in the film are unbelievably funny and surprising.

Wade Wilson’s (Ryan Reynolds) character arc in the film was great, showing more emotion and depth than you would have expected from what could be considered a spoof of super hero movies.

There is a ton of meta jokes and 4th wall breaking.  Most of them are funny and strike the proper chord with the timing, and it never feels like the meta jokes took me out of the film.  That is just the way Deadpool, the character, is.  He believes he is in a movie and goes about his life in that way.

The music is wonderfully eclectic.  Just like Angel in the Morning serenaded the audience during the first film, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, Air Supply’s All Out of Love and Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time having major moments of the movie.  Add in Peter Gabriel, A-Ha, and Pat Benatar and the film’s music is tremendous.  There is also a James Bond style opening to the song Ashes by Celine Dion.

I was worried that Deadpool 2 would fall into the traps of other comedy sequels and just try to be the same film the first one was, but fortunately, Deadpool 2 is much more than just that.  It has a real heart and has as much profane humor as the original.  It is a very strong sequel.

4.5 stars

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