Ryan Reynolds was born to play the Marvel Merc with a Mouth, Deadpool. Reynolds just pours all of his unique charm, wit, comedy, and physical choreography into the character. It’s almost like Reynolds is the actual Deadpool in real life, and indeed the world is better for it. Marvel and Fox decided to play nice a couple of years ago and we got a rated R Marvel superhero film with ‘Deadpool‘. It was a gamble for sure with the strong bloody violence and foul language, but the film ended up making almost $800 million at the box office and was met with rave reviews across the board.
Of course a sequel was in the cards and now we have ‘Deadpool 2‘ that brings back Reynolds to the character, along with some familiar faces, but a new director and a couple of different characters. This time around, ‘John Wick‘ filmmaker David Leitch was at the helm and took his visionary director’s eye and made a wonderful ‘Deadpool‘ sequel that has more emotional heft this time around, along with some bigger and better action sequences, gore, and hilarious comedy. That all being said, it’s the same type of movie as the first ‘Deadpool‘ movie, which just perfectly fine with me. We get the hardcore violence, some great characters, a meaningful story, and the same “breaking the 4th wall” humor that worked perfectly in the first film.
Taking its cues, pacing wise, ‘Deadpool 2‘ starts out in the middle of its own film, where Deadpool stops the movie and says we have to go back a bit to tell it right. As the story goes, we see that Deadpool is trying to literally put out a “fire” at a mutant school where a young boy is having a bad day. The thing is, this boy named Russell (Julian Dennison from ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople‘), can manipulate fire and destroy quite a bit with his power. It ends up that Deadpool and Russell are arrested and brought to a special prison where every mutant power is erased, leaving everyone powerless.
This is where Cable (Josh Brolin) shows up from the future in order to carry out a certain task. This pits Deadpool and Cable against each other, until a bigger threat shows up and Deadpool must work with a team. The whole story behind this film is family, as Deadpool likes to tell us that this sequel is a family film, like the first movie was a love story. He’s not wrong. It’s a funny, violent, an ultimately endearing film that might get a few of you choked up in some moments.
It’s the best sequel we could have hoped for and Leitch, Reynolds, Brolin, and the rest of the crew just nailed it. Nailed it like Jesus to the cross (Deadpool humor there). Of course, you’re going to love all of the topical and over-the-top humor and the post credit sequence is one for the record books. It’s indeed my favorite. ‘Deadpool 2‘ is the ‘Terminator 2‘ of superhero sequels. It’s that good. Or is it the ‘Caddyshack 2‘ of superhero movies? You by the judge. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again.
Written By: Bryan Kluger