Deadpool 2 – Film Review

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Deadpool 2 comes to us over two years after the original took the world by storm. After “Deadpool” earned almost 800 million dollars worldwide, the fourth-wall breaking Marvel character has returned in typical R-rated fashion. Reprising his role as the titular character is Ryan Reynolds, while the film also stars Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz and T.J Miller.

Deadpool” was decidedly non-family friendly, making it something of a novelty in the crowded superhero film genre. It’s approach to comedy and action made it extremely refreshing. Personally however, the humour in “Deadpool” didn’t always strike the same chord with me as it did with many others. It did what it set out to do to the best extent it could, even if it left me a little vanilla. This second outing sees Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Reynolds) assemble a team of mutants, to battle the time-travelling cyborg Cable (Brolin). Heading out to see “Deadpool 2” however, I was hopeful that the uniqueness surrounding this character hadn’t worn off, and the franchise could continue to be refreshing.

After seeing “Deadpool 2”, whilst I’ve concluded these films aren’t always suited to my specific tastes, does that make it bad? No. In fact, “Deadpool 2” is a cleverly crafted outing for the outlandish comic-book character, with a surprisingly excellent script, that elevates this instalment just above the original. The story-telling is unashamedly bonkers and ridiculous, and the film is all the better for it. When the humour references pop-culture and is self-aware is when it works best. Seeing Deadpool poke-fun at other comic-book films from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, to especially last year’s “Logan” made for a marvellously hilarious time. As a comedy first and foremost, there were many scenes, particularly going into the second half, that made myself and the rest of the audience hysterically laugh on numerous occasions. It made for a hilariously subversive viewing experience.

Not only does Ryan Reynolds give a wondrously lively, confident and assured performance, but its fantastically clear how enthusiastic and excited he is to be part of this project. This is likely to forever be the defining character of Reynold’s career. Josh Brolin’s performance as Cable went in surprising directions, defying conventions, whilst the character of Domino was a brilliantly entertaining presence. Furthermore, the action fires on all cylinders. The production design is larger than the first and the fights and stunts are all filmed in slick and smooth fashion. A sequence showcasing Deadpool in action at the beginning of the picture demonstrated lush cinematography and strong direction, that made a definite impact.

Deadpool 2” isn’t entirely successful, despite its improvements over its predecessor. A sequence set in a mutant-prison in the second act slowed the film down considerably. Fortunately, the final act raises the humour and the excitement considerably, but it is worth-noting at least twenty-minutes of the picture grew a tad-stale. Though the action is technically impressive, a set-piece mid-way through the film was entirely devoid of emotional weight or comedy that reached the heights found in the rest of the movie. For my personal taste, while the comedy is extremely clever, a few jokes didn’t hit in the same way or were overly crude in the way that didn’t compare to smarter written jokes. However, I much emphasise that the script is largely tightly crafted, and the moments of great comedy outweighs any that feel a tad subpar.

In the end, “Deadpool” is never what I’m going to gravitate towards as a film-fan or as a lover of the superhero genre. That said, I enjoyed “Deadpool 2” far more than I expected. The cast and characters are infectiously upbeat, relishing in the ridiculousness and fun the script supplies. The action is typically violent and creatively helmed, and the fourth-wall breaking humour continues to feel fresh and new. It does slow down to a noticeable degree at a certain point and some of the comedy feels sub-par in comparison to other far superior gags. Still, “Deadpool 2” makes for a marvellously entertaining time at the cinema, complete with a superbly catchy soundtrack. What made Deadpool unique originally hasn’t been lost, and if anything, the game has been raised. It’s never going to be exactly my cup of tea, but I nevertheless had a fantastic time with “Deadpool 2”. Henceforth, I can imagine those who are die-hard fans of the outlandish comic-book character will be satisfied, and then some, with this bombastic and humorous sequel.

7/10

Author: QuickFire Reviews

Welcome to QuickFire Reviews! Some of you may recognise the name from YouTube, but I am now trying out a blog style format. On this site, I shall be posting film reviews and perhaps the occasional music or TV review. I welcome you all, and hope you stick around for reviews of the last releases, as well discussions on some of my favourite films!

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