Warning: Minor spoilers ahead
Sequels are always the bane of existence for many movie franchises, and even Marvel movies like Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World fell victim to the Hollywood curse. So, it’s perfectly understandable for studios to feel the pressure in producing these sequels, and for the audience to have low expectations.
Nevertheless, Deadpool 2 exceeds expectations. The movie is a terrific blend of many things. First is that of Ryan Reynolds’ seamless harmonizing of Wade Wilson’s heavy emotional turmoil, together with the character’s signature wit and unfiltered humor. And that is pretty much the movie’s core itself. That being said, the film managed to also address the mutant oppression exquisitely, without sacrificing the humor it’s known for.
Another notable performance is that of Josh Brolin with Cable. He is one of main drivers of the story, and while he is presented as an opposite of Deadpool, they are more similar than different. This is because his portrayal of the cybernetic soldier involves so many layers that despite his initially antagonistic tendencies, he is eventually someone worth rooting for.
There is also the new character that is Domino, the ever-so-lucky mutant. While the film does not provide much exposition regarding her character, Zazie Beetz is effortlessly magnetic and unforgettable. Hopefully, she gets more screen time in the next films, much like Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her adorable girlfriend, Yukio.
Young actor Julian Dennison plays Russell Collins, a troubled young mutant who is at the middle of Deadpool and Cable’s tug-of-war. Despite Russell’s lack of maturity and emotional balance, Dennison manages to somehow level with Reynolds’ already established portrayal of Deadpool.
That being said, these new characters make the next film (a possibly X-force-centered one) worth looking forward to.
However, it was quite surprising that the CGI in this film wasn’t great. This is most obvious in the fight between Juggernaut and Colossus, who looked like video game characters in 3D animations, not as actual characters who are part of a scene.
Beneath all the over-the-top and amusing promo materials (#DeadpoolDemandsYourSisterSorryStupidAutoCorrectSilence and Celine Dion, among many others), gory scenes, X-Men cameos, breaking of the fourth wall, and unfiltered humor, the film still has every bit of a compelling story to rely on and for its audiences to explore and ponder on.
From 20th Century Fox, Deadpool 2 is now showing in cinemas.