Deadpool 2 (2018)

Deadpool 2
Director: David Leitch
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Based on: Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza‘s comic character
Sequel to: Deadpool
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Karan Soni, Eddie Marsan, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Shioli Kutsuna, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Terry Crews, Brad Pitt, Alan Tudyk, Matt Damon, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp
Seen on: 8.6.2018

Plot:
After his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) is killed, Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) unravels. His life is literally shot to pieces and it’s Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) who puts him back together again. Reluctantly, Wade agrees to kind of join the X-Men and tries to help with an out of control mutant, Russell Collins aka Firefist (Julian Dennison). But Russell doesn’t really want help and things are more complicated than they look anyway when Cable (Josh Brolin) turns up and claims to be from the future and that he needs to stop Firefist to avert catastrophe.

I enjoyed the first Deadpool movie, but I wasn’t completely enthusiastic about it, so my expectations for this one were rather mild and while Deadpool 2 doesn’t surpass them, it does stay on the same level as the first one: Fun in many ways but some things don’t work that well for me.

Film poster for Deadpool, showing him in the famous pose from Flashdance, only instead of water falling on him, it's bullets.

Let’s touch on the things I didn’t like first. For one, there was Vanessa’s death, designed to create manpain (but at least not classical fridging, because it doesn’t really fuel the plot all that much and carries actual emotional weight). Then there was the queer representation, which on the one hand, yay! queers exist! Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) actually gets a girlfriend, Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna)! On the other hand, they are absolutely sidelined, barely get to say anything, and Yukio seems like a pretty stereotypical “Asian girl”. (I do hope they expand on the Colossus/Wade angle, that looks very promising.) And Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) is still a walking catastrophe of ableism dressed up as a joke.

At times the sense of humor was a little juvenile for my own personal taste, but that definitely comes with the territory and is not something that I would want to criticize about a Deadpool movie. But those other things really grated.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Colossus, voiced by Stefan Kapicic.

But there were also good things about the film, and plenty entertaining ones to boot. I loved Wade’s search for a superhero team, definitely the best gag of the film. Domino was absolutely fantastic, as was Zazie Beetz. Julian Dennison was great, too.

Ryan Reynolds is still a great choice for the role of Deadpool. He not only carries the film, he really nails the character in a way that underscores all the right things, at least if you ask me. His chemistry with the other actors is also really great (especially Josh Brolin).

So, if you generally like Deadpool and can stomach that they don’t always know the line between irreverent and offensive, you will have at least as good a time with the second Deadpool film as with the first.

Josh Brolin as Cable.

Summarizing: If you liked the first one, you’re bound to like the second one, too.

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