If you liked the first Deadpool and looking for a break from the never-ending Marvel story then you will probably like this.
- Screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Life, Deadpool, Zombieland) and Ryan Reynolds (Debut)
- Directed by David Leitch (Atomic Bomb)
- Starring Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Life), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War, No Country for Old Men), Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Zazie Beetz (Atlanta [TV])
- Budget of $110m
My initial thoughts 💭
Welcome back Deadpool, the world has been waiting. After the smash hit success of the first film it was always going to be a difficult act to follow. A film that takes a while to get going, Deadpool 2 will eventually win you over with the key features that worked so well the first time round. Irrespective whether you enjoy the story you will enjoy the overall tone of the film.
The ‘ccc’ review<
eadpool (AKA Deadpool) returns to our screen and we quickly find out that he has lost his way. Seeking advice from the X-Men, he finds himself leading a team of rouge mutants to protect a young boy with powerful abilities from time-travelling cyborg Cable. The plot line is a slow burner, but it all eventually comes together and pays off in a big way.
Sometimes you can argue if the sequel came out first would that be considered better. The Hangover 1 v The Hangover 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 1 v Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Rocky 1v Rocky 2 (although those Rocky films belong together and all Rocky films are genius anyway). I think Deadpool 2 finishes a close second place. It effectively takes all the great things from the first film and magnifies it and maybe because of that it does lack some originality (not that we are complaining).
On the marketing side this has been the best we have seen in recent times. Deadpool has crossed-over different groups with Deadpool apologising to David Beckham, Celine Dion singing an original song, having a Tinder profile and even appearing as a unicorn on a South Korean singing contest. The marketing department have done a sterling job, although you may have to question why it was released so soon after Infinity Wars.
If you did watch Infinity Wars recently, don’t worry. Deadpool 2 is nowhere as layered and you will definitely be asking much fewer questions. We are effectively treated to 2 hours of our loveable hero being back to his “4th-Wall” breaking best with irrelevant references but actually acts as a great way of telling the audience the story.
With Tim Miller not returning to do the sequel for apparent creative differences with Ryan Reynolds and quoted as saying he “…didn’t want to make some stylized movie that was 3 times the budget”, up stepped Leitch who managed to carry on the Deadpool name with very few adverse effects albeit only double the original’s budget. Leitch ensures all the great things that made the first film such a hit continued into the sequel.
Ryan Reynolds clearly continues to enjoy this role (especially as it relighted his career as a big star) with Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller returning. Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War) has also joined the cast in the dual role of Nathan Summers and Cable – a surprise casting especially since he appears as the villain Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Regardless, Josh Brolin is a great fit for Cable (even being almost a foot shorter than the comic book character). The stars of the show…..X-force. Just wait for their introduction.
What are my final thoughts 💭
When these films are made and the success is unprecedented, the studios are sometimes too eager to get a sequel out to capitalise on the success – much like we saw with Matrix. However, Deadpool 2 ends up being a very enjoyable film and will no doubt be another box office smash (hopefully the same happens for Black Panther 2). Oh, and enjoy the end credit scenes and the special closing song.
🎥😁Highly recommend, especially if you want to leave with a smile on your face.