Movie: Deadpool 2
Production Companies: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, Maximum Effort, The Donners’ Company, TSG Entertainment
Director: David Leitch
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Schuler Donner
Scriptwriters: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, TJ Miller, Zazie Beetz
Release Date: May 18th 2018 (US)
Running Time: 119 minutes
Aah yes. The confirmation that Deadpool 3 is actually happening now, albeit with only the advertisements and endorsements finished. So, why not look back at the sequel to the critically acclaimed first Deadpool? While it may not have been as good as the original, Deadpool 2 was a more than serviceable sequel to Deadpool albeit due to massive hype and expectation. So, without further ado here is my review of the film.
Despite fighting organised crime for two years, Deadpool aka Wade Wilson (Reynolds) fails to kill a target on his anniversary with Vanessa (Baccarin). Obviously, when the pair decide to settle down and start a family, the target tracks Wade down and inadvertently kills Vanessa. Obviously Wade kills him before attempting suicide by blowing himself up. Jeez, that took a very dark turn… Anyway, Wade survives due to his healing factor and is put back together by Colossus.
Deadpool has a change of heart
Whilst recuperating at the X-Men Mansion, Deadpool decides to help the two licensed X-Men, Colossus and Teenage Negasonic Warhead, as he thinks that is what Vanessa would have wanted. Soon after, the three X-Men respond to a disturbance between authorities and Russell Collins aka Firefist (Dennison). Long story short, Deadpool realises the headmaster was abusing Firefist so he kills one of them….. which lands him and Russell in a maximum security prison called the Ice Box. Things are about to get worse as a time travelling mutant Cable (Brolin) arrives to kill Russell.
The Formation of X-Force/Cable Arrives
Cable then storms the Ice Box leading to Wade’s collar being broken so he attempts to defend Russell. After Cable steals a prized possession of Vanessa’s from Wade, he breaks himself and Russell out. Only problem is Russell hears Wade saying he doesn’t care about him. Oh, also Deadpool has near death visions to propel the plot as seen when he has one where Vanessa tells him to protect Russell from Cable. How does Wade decide to protect Russell?
Well, by forming a team called X-Force. In fact, their rescue attempt on a convoy holding Russell goes so well that all but two members die: Deadpool and the lucky Domino (Beetz). Unfortunately, it turns out Russell has made friends with another prisoner: the Juggernaut. Together, they agree to kill the Headmaster but not before destroying the convoy, ripping Wade in half and escaping the convoy.
The Final Fight
Cable then decides to work with Deadpool and Domino, whilst he recovers, to stop Russell killing the headmaster. This is due to Russell becoming a serial killer, who kills Cable’s family, in the future if he kills the headmaster. Wade tries to talk Russell down but ends up getting ripped in half by the Juggernaut. Speaking of which, the gang arrives at the orphanage where Juggernaut overpowers them allowing Russell to find the headmaster.
Luckily, Colossus turns up and distracts Juggernaut. Seeing an opening, Cable shoots at Russell who is saved by Wade taking the bullet. This is apparently enough to change Russell’s mind, which saves Cable’s family. Speaking of Cable, he uses his time travelling device to travel a few minutes back in time to place Vanessa’s token in front of Wade’s heart. This saves Wade, Cable’s family and changes Russell’s mind. Oh, the Headmaster then gets run over by Deadpool’s taxi driver friend: Dopinder.
Mid Credits Scene
The mid credits scene sees Teenage Negasonic Warhead and her girlfriend, Yukio, repairing Cable’s time travel device for Deadpool. Why? So he can save X-Force members Vanessa and Peter. Oh, and also to kill the X-Men Origins Wolverine Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds after reading the Green Lantern screenplay. Oh, did I forget to mention he contemplates killing baby Hitler?
Tone in Deadpool 2
To begin my analysis of Deadpool 2, I’m going to discuss the tone of the film. Obviously, anyone who saw the first Deadpool or read the comics knows exactly how irreverent Deadpool’s tone is. Simply put, Deadpool’s tone is wild, wacky and quite simply hilarious. Because of the character’s innate ability to break the fourth wall, Deadpool 2’s tone is very hilarious and satirical. Take the opening credits sequence which continues the first film’s trend of mocking the amount of credits before the film begins.
This reinforces how the conventional rules seemingly don’t apply to Deadpool. Another great example of this is when Deadpool and Juggernaut confront each other for the first time. I should mention now that Deadpool’s nature also allows him to mock the audience. Case in point, his shocked ‘Oh, my god Juggernaut’ is clearly designed to provide a hilarious commentary on character arrivals in superhero films and acts as Deadpool mocking the audience.
Time Travel in Deadpool 2
Continuing my analysis of Deadpool 2, I’m going to discuss another obvious point within the narrative: time travel. While it may not be as pronounced as some other Marvel films, cough Endgame cough, time travel is important to Deadpool 2 through Cable. Now, how is time travel portrayed? Well, it’s back to basics with the old mechanism of changing the present/past changes the future. This is just objectively easier stakes for a casual audience to get behind. Oh, it also means you don’t have to explain it 100 times, cough Endgame cough.
Simply put, this portrayal of time travel allows for easier ways to bring comedy in. Case in point, the mid credits scene which sums up Deadpool probably better than anything in either films: ripping on previous portrayals (and Ryan Reynolds). All that said, time travel in Deadpool 2 is pretty good although slightly hamfisted at the end with Cable conveniently having just enough left in his time travel device to save Wade. Oh, and it still convinces Russell to have a change of heart is convenient. But, the payoff of Ryan Reynolds being killed by Deadpool for taking Green Lantern is more than worth it.
Ryan Reynolds’ Performance in Deadpool 2
Concluding my analysis of Deadpool 2, I’m going to discuss the obvious thing: Ryan Reynolds’s performance as Deadpool. While I might be treading over very old ground here, Reynolds’ performance is phenomenal. This is mostly due to Reynolds embodying everything that Deadpool is in the comics: inappropriate, violent and sarcastic to the point where he might be incapable of being serious. All of this combined with his chemistry with Josh Brolin’s Cable and Julian Dennison’s Firefist makes for a very entertaining performance.
But arguably the strongest part of Reynolds’ performance is the random little jokes and tit bits that make the performance that much funnier. Case in point, the scene where Wade is ranting about the lack of X-Men beyond Colossus and Teenage Negasonic Warhead. This is a fine enough joke on its own but it becomes better as most of the original X-Men cast are in a room directly behind Wade. Also, rather than acknowledge this, Wade ignores it and continues complaining anyway despite his love of breaking the fourth wall. Wonderful nonsense right here…
To summarise Deadpool 2, this is a funny, entertaining and crass sequel to Deadpool. A more than serviceable sequel, Deadpool 2 does struggle at times due to a certain amount of fan expectation. Stop me if you’ve seen that before….
Overall Rating: 7.5/10 – Good
Target Audience: 15+
Content Warning: Moderate Sex and Nudity, Severe Violence and Gore, Severe Bad Language, Moderate Alcohol and Drugs References, Moderate Frightening and Intense Scenes.