‘Deadpool 2’ Review

deadpool-2-poster-405x600Deadpool 2 is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and the eleventh installment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds also stars in the title role alongside fellow returning actors T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Stefan Kapičić, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni and Brianna Hildebrand with newcomers Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Shiori Kutsuna, and Rob Delaney. The story follows the fourth wall breaking mercenary, Deadpool, as he forms the gender-neutrally named X-Force to protect the young pyrokinetic mutant, Russell, from the time-traveling cybernetic mutant soldier, Cable. Deadpool 2 is a very hilarious film from start to finish. The meta jokes and action sequences are coupled together very well making the film feel fun and fresh. This is due to the synergy formed from David Leitch’s directing paired with Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds’ writing. Reynolds also does a great job returning as Deadpool. He is even more comedic the second time around and gives the character a little more depth. His interaction with as well as his fourth-wall breaking commentary on the supporting characters is what makes much of the film special. Zazie Beetz is perfectly cast as Domino and stands out amongst the new cast members. She is funny, smart, and has great chemistry with the other characters. Also, the display of her “good luck” ability is a feat for the eyes. The film could have definitely used more of Domino in the story. Josh Brolin is visually appealing as Cable, but the character isn’t explored much beyond that. There are hints to his backstory being similar to the comics, but it’s never explained to the audience. He doesn’t have many lines, but he does have a few exciting action sequences that are true to his comic book origins. The rest of the supporting cast turn in decent performances as well, with the introduction of the X-Force team being one of the funniest sequences in the film. The film does have faults though. The story is paper-thin, and the CGI isn’t always the best quality. Many of the new supporting characters feel one dimensional, lacking depth and purpose. Overall, the film feels like one big joke as opposed to a thrilling story featuring Deadpool. Sometimes the meta-humor extends too far making it less special than when it’s mainly focused on Deadpool himself. There are a plethora of continuity errors with previous X-Men films and plot holes that could have been avoided, but then again, the film doesn’t shy away from making fun of the franchise’s lack of clear continuity. This issue may be divisive amongst fans who are looking for a laugh and those who want a more serious superhero film. I give Deadpool 2 a Decent 7.8/10. The film is very hilarious, but also very pointless. Nothing in the film really matters, which will make sense after you’ve watched it for yourself.

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