Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Deadpool 2 Review: Bigger, Funnier, and Better Than the First

Wade Wilson mocks Batman v Superman in new clip from Deadpool 2 Deadpool 2 Review: Bigger, Funnier, and Better Than the First
Wallace Pearson | 15 May, 2018, 16:28

When we catch up with Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, he's busily planning babies with his handsome Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).

Where this sequel won me over, more so than the first - which I thought was fine - is that, like Deadpool the character, the movie can't help but be better than its base instincts.

That said, this is Deadpool after all and the funnies do come thick and while some hit better than others (many DC/Marvel/superhero quips are the highlights as is the closing credits sequence which tops anything that has come before it anywhere) there's plenty to chew on for the advocates with Reynolds and the superb show-stealing Zazie Beetz as Domino the biggest triumphs. The jokes and inside-baseball jokes - crafted by screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as Reynolds, who gets a screenwriting credit this time - really kick into high gear. Then there's Brolin's Terminator-like newcomer who while packing a literal punch and going toe-to-toe with those around him doesn't quite pay off with the same satisfaction as his fellow debutante although there's hopefully a lot more to offer in the follow-ups. Out of nowhere, with no explanation behind the device at all, introduces a collar that completely suppresses all mutant abilities, which is such a far-fetched invention even for this genre that it's hard to take seriously.

"I don't know that there would be a Deadpool 3". If you've seen trailers, the basic set-up is Cable (Josh Brolin) has come back from the future to kill a mutant teenager (Julian Dennison) and it's up to Deadpool to stop this from happening.

It's actually amusing how much can't be in the trailers because of how much it would spoil the fun, so I obviously won't do that here. In other words, it looks like Deadpool 2 is another hit.

At the same time, though, this movie's got much more of a sense of brand synergy than the first one had.

Bryan Bishop of The Verge points out that, despite being front and center, Deadpool shares the spotlight generously with his newly-assembled (and reluctant) team of heroes, which feature Domino (played by Atlanta's Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Peter (Rob Delaney) and the return of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapičić).

But wait - how can Deadpool be a satirical figure when he comes from the very Marvel machine he's ostensibly spoofing? And he kinda can't be that. Wade and girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) have plans to start a family before, as with all plans man makes, God (or whoever) laughs, allowing for as much pensive self-inspection as a Deadpool flick can muster and some moments that are actually quite affecting, which Reynolds sells equally well. I don't know. At this point, I don't even want to think about it. Deadpool works best either when he's the only insane element, or when he can be the puckish trickster who can comment on the heaviness of the main storyline.

Up to this point, there's a great "Logan" joke, a hilarious opened credits sequence, some amusing X-Men jokes, and top-notch fight sequences (David Leitch of "John Wick" and "Atomic Blonde" fame is the director, taking the reins from the original movie's director Tim Miller). But none of the sequences have the kind of bravura silliness of the first movie. By the end you may even get a little choked up (I'm serious).

But once Cable enters the story things get good. If you're a fan of X-Men-universe comics, it's great to see these characters on the big screen doing what they do best.

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