The first Deadpool film was a refreshingly self aware take on the superhero movie, a film that was able to lampoon the growingly popular genre while still maintaining a surprising amount of heart. Deadpool 2 is more or less the same thing, except this time it’s crazier, louder, and perhaps a little dumber, but if you can forgive the film’s plot for making close to no sense, the film is relentlessly funny with a concurrent succession of gags that are increasingly funny and appeal to the teenage boy in everyone.
Now a full on crime fighter, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) has been traveling the world in order to fight evil. When the teenage mutant Russell Collins (Julian Dennison) is targeted by the futuristic mutant Cable (Josh Brolin), Deadpool assembles a team of superheroes in order to stop a potentially world shattering event. Despite the world building and franchise building, the film keeps the stakes mostly personal, which works for the character more than a more overarching plot would.
To start off, director David Leitch (of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame) has delivered another great action piece; while the fights still feel intimate, Leitch has crafted some truly incredible set pieces, including a brilliant street way chase and a great prison that rank among the best set pieces in recent memory. Leitch uses Deadpool’s unique powers and sensibilities to get creative with the brutality, and the colorful cast of mutants each bring a different presence that stop the fights from getting redundant.
The heart of the film lies in the relationship between Deadpool and Russell, and while the film does give us some genuine touching moments between the two, it also never asks us to take it too seriously, and in the same way the MCU films are able to touch on darker themes while still reverting to a fun spectacle, Deadpool 2 is able to take on themes of loss and regret through it’s own prism of self-irony. The more serious stuff is there, but for those only looking for a ridiculous spectacle of humor and violence, the film delivers with more laughs and more action.
I prefer the first Deadpool to it’s sequel; the first film had a more straightforward narrative, and I felt that Deadpool’s romantic relationship was better developed and more engaging than the family building elements of the sequel. That being said, Deadpool 2 isn’t neccessarily asking you to take anything seriously, and I think that’s probably a good thing. This is a comedy first, and the script is littered with fun nods and clever one-liners, as well as some creative physical and visual humor. It’s an unrelenting series of jokes, and even if the script is mostly stringing together set pieces and gags, it’s most definitely a rude worth taking. Grade: B+