Title: Deadpool 2 (2018)
Directed by: David Leitch
Based on: Deadpool by Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Eddie Marsan, Shioli Kutsuna, Stephan Kapicic, Rob Delaney, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon
Music by: Tyler Bates
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Running Time: 119 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material
Production Company: Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, Maximum Effort, The Donners’ Company, TSG Entertainment
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Wisecracking mercenary Deadpool meets Russell, an angry teenage mutant who lives at an orphanage. When Russell becomes the target of Cable—a genetically enhanced soldier from the future—Deadpool realizes that he’ll need some help saving the boy from such a superior enemy. He soon joins forces with Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and other powerful mutants to protect young Russell from Cable and his advanced weaponry.
I don’t know about everyone, but I wasn’t particularly excited about Deadpool 2. Nor did I wait for it in enthusiasm. However, after watching Deadpool (2016), I feel like I should watch the sequel. I still don’t understand when people said they think the first film of Deadpool is so great, because to me, it’s a so-so. Sorry, Deadpool fans! It’s not because it’s too bloody or sadistic or anything like that. It’s just the story is not something I was fond of. In my personal opinion, it’s not that special. The jokes are funny if you understand them, but if not, those jokes sound ridiculous or flat.
Like its prequel, Deadpool 2 is still an R-rated film with so many bad languages and too bloody scenes. That’s why Deadpool 2 is not a family film despite what Wade Wilson claimed for at the beginning of the film. Of course, it’s a joke by him. Everything about Deadpool a.k.a. Wade Wilson is a joke. He always made fun and create jokes on everything. It’s just his trademark and we cannot blame him for it. I wonder whether it’s the writers who wrote all the jokes or Ryan Reynolds adlib everything or the combination of both or the writers and Ryan Reynolds worked on the jokes together. At any rate, the jokes were funny and clever. Unfortunately, not all the jokes can be funny for all people. Some jokes were meant for people who understood the terms. They used DC’s as a joke reference or other old films as well. If you never watched those films, you won’t really find what Deadpool was saying funny.
I think Ryan Reynolds was always meant to play Deadpool. He just fit the character so much. Not that I’m saying he likes to use bad languages all the time but because Ryan Reynolds loves to joke around. It’s already in his personality. Therefore, he fit the character of Deadpool very well. I can’t imagine other actors played the character of Deadpool. I don’t think anyone can imagine it either.
“You’re so dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC universe?” – Wade Wilson
There are a few new characters in Deadpool 2. The famous one is, of course, Cable. The character has been in a talk since Deadpool’s post-credit scene. I am not a huge fan of Marvel Comics, so I don’t really know whether Cable is a hero or a villain. Only later on that I found out what he actually is and who is he in Marvel Comic. I think Josh Brolin has strike double jackpot of Marvel. After playing the mighty villain, Thanos, in Avengers: Infinity War (2018), now he got to play Cable in Deadpool 2. Even Avengers: Infinity War was still playing in theatres when Deadpool 2 was released. Though I am guessing not everyone realised at first that he is Thanos because he looked so different in Avengers: Infinity War.
I also like the character of Domino, played by Zazie Beetz. Her power is rather interesting. At first, it sounded absurd but as the film went by, well, it’s not impossible that her power is actually luck. Although, I wasn’t sure if it was her real power in the comic book. Nevertheless, Zazie Beetz has portrayed the role of Domino really well.
As for the overall story, I think Deadpool 2 is more fun than its prequel. The character of Deadpool is still like before. He is still talkative, kept on saying bad languages, funny and hilarious in some ways. I don’t know if the jokes are more understandable to most audiences or not but to me, they are funny. Although I kind of doubt that I caught every joke because I am not an expert. The action sequences were great. Still sadistic and very much bloody but I think not as bloody or as sadistic as before. At least from what I remember, it’s not too sadistic as before.
When people said Black Panther (2018) felt not like the usual Marvel films, I think they were wrong. Black Panther still has all the points that a Marvel superhero film usually has. Meanwhile Deadpool, well, I can’t even relate the story with X-Men films, aside from the mutant power that all the anti-heroes had. I think Deadpool felt more not like the usual Marvel films than Black Panther. The CGI effect in Deadpool 2 is fine. More than fine actually. After all, Marvel is no stranger to CGI effect and that is why, they can always do well in this department. Of course, some were pretty obvious but I think we can overlook that. Minor flaws can be overlooked, but a too obvious CGI effect can sometimes make the film not too enjoyable. As far as the audiences concerned, a minor flaws in CGI effect can be overlooked if the story is great and enjoyable.
“Zip it, Thanos!” – Deadpool
I am not comparing Deadpool 2 with Avengers: Infinity War because even though they were Marvel films and Josh Brolin appeared in both films, Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War have a different type of vibe. One is more like an anti-hero film because not sure we can call him hero, the other is indeed superhero film. One is more sadistic and bloodier, the other is not. If you asked me which film is better and more fun? I can’t really say. In my personal opinion, I like Avengers: Infinity War. The film is not without flaws, but I like the overall story. Deadpool is funny and fun but I have never been a fan of him. I enjoy watching Deadpool 2, but I am not sure I can state myself as a fan. Sorry, Deadpool fans!
All in all, Deadpool 2 is a fun film. It’s enjoyable to watch, especially if you like Deadpool so much. Ryan Reynolds’ performance as Deadpool is as spot on as ever. He knew what he was doing. He knew how to be Deadpool and make people love his character. The story is okay. I think even better than its prequel. The post credits scenes are epic. Yes, Deadpool 2 also has post credit scenes. So don’t leave your seat too soon. Although I am wondering whether they would make the third Deadpool film or not with such ending. I guess we shall see.
I give Deadpool 2 8 out of 10 stars.