The plot for Deadpool 2 was kinda foreshadowed in the after credits of Deadpool, with Wade telling us Cable will appear in it. Beyond that, I had no idea what to expect. But like with the first one, it was a laugh out loud joyride that I enjoyed more than Deadpool if I’m being honest!
So get your chimichangas, set your microwave to WTF and join me for this review of Deadpool 2.
Wade is enjoying his life as a mercenary, wiping out bad guys left right and centre – that is until his girlfriend Vanessa is offed during a raid on his house. Torn and desperate to find something to care about, Deadpool is thrown into a battle involving the X-Men, an abused mutant boy named Russell (Firefist) and Cable, a future mutant that is seeking to kill Firefist and prevent a dark future. Through all this, Wade Wilson must try and become the hero everyone thinks he is. Whilst at the same time dealing with his grief.
Oh, and did you know that Do You Want To Build A Snowman from Frozen sounds very similar to Papa, Can You Hear Me? from Yentl? No, neither did I. Anyway…
WHAT I LIKED
The quick-witted and razor sharp, forth wall breaking humour is back in a big way. I remember crying from laughing so much more than once (one example being when Wade loses his legs and he has to wait for them to grown back). The MCU are used to having humour in them of course, but this being it’s own separate continuity (remember this is not set during the MCU – not yet anyway), Ryan Reynolds relishes every moment when he’s on screen. That being said, there are actually some quite sad moments now and then (Vanessa being killed off one of them), and Reynolds does some quite serious soul searching. But often, it’s broken by low-brow humour – the sort you would expect from Deadpool.
Speaking of Vanessa, some have complained that her death is a bit too much “Women in Refrigerator” (Google it if you don’t know – it’s actually a thing. Ironically, it started out in Green Lantern comics, coincidence). I personally didn’t think that, but I was kinda annoyed that she was killed off. I’d put that under the What I Didn’t Like section, but at least it was resolved.
Anyway, this was balanced with the character Domino – who I’ll admit I didn’t like too much if I was honest. She was pretty badass, but too much of a mary sue for my liking. Yes, I know she can control luck so that she can pretty much do anything, but I HATE characters like that. The only reason I’m keeping her as a positive as it allowed the film to have a strong female protagonist.
Josh Brolin is pulling double duty in the Marvel film universes. Not only did he smash it as Thanos, but he was brilliant as Cable. He played the straight man to Deadpool’s humour and he was badass as all hell. Whether he’s making weapons or straight up murdering his enemies, he’s an angry avenger that takes up the screen whenever he’s on, and boy is he cool to watch.
Russell, the angry mutant Firefist, was also extremely good. He’s sort of the “looking for a father figure” type character, but he goes through a good arc. When you realise he’s responsible for the death of Cable’s family, it gives Deadpool something to fight for.
And then of course, returning to this film are Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (still the best name for an X-Men – or X-Person – ever), who is now in a relationship with fellow mutant Yukio, which I thought was a nice touch. Colossus tries to maintain his “good guy” image here, but he is forced to fight dirty a couple of times – including in his fight with Juggernaut. Yes, Juggernaut is back in the X-Men films, only this time a bit more like his comic counterpart and less like Vinnie Jones.
It was a fun movie, with a story that never felt boring and with dark humour that makes it stand out from the typical Marvel humour we are used to – including many jabs at DC. There was also a very funny scene involving the new team of X-Force and their subsequent debut – which goes horribly wrong. But the funniest moment come in the after credits – when Wade goes back in time to save Vanessa and Peter (an ordinary guy that for some reason decides to join the team) but also killing the “Deadpool” from X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also killing Ryan Reynolds before he can take the role of Green Lantern. It was brilliant to see the film send up two of comic book fans most hated movies. But technically, doesn’t that mean Deadpool would also die?
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Two points chagrined me. Black Tom Cassidy appears in this film as one of the antagonists – but he’s pretty much just reduced to a cameo – and then killed off! Knowing him from the comics, I thought he was going to have a far bigger role. But no. That was a shame.
Also, the ending had a bit of a plot hole. In it, Wade sacrifices himself to save Russell (using a collar that negates his mutant powers) and he dies, forcing Cable to go back in time to try and save his life. Considering it was established that he only had one more charge left (which Wade states is lazy writing), it begs the question – why didn’t he just remove the collar? Ok, it was established that the collars are hard to remove – but he has a link with technology. Heck, Russell even had a pen that could help the collar come of. So in essence, Cable just ruined his chance of going back home for nothing. That felt a bit silly – but I guess it doesn’t really matter too much. Brolin has signed on for more Deadpool films, so I guess it was a way of keeping him in.
What Deadpool got right, Deadpool 2 perfects. It has a few flaws, but when the story is as funny as this, who cares? If you love superhero films, but find the MCU films a bit trite (and many do) then this film should fill your need. It’s everything you should want from a Deadpool movie – and should give you everything you need.
But that STILL doesn’t address the bigger issue – that Frozen ripped off Yentl! How can Disney sleep at night? Probably on piles of money…
FINAL SCORE: 4/5