DEADPOOL 2: Pure Insanity

Disclaimer:  The following is a review for the movie DEADPOOL 2 which is rated “R.” is a family friendly site and we generally only offer reviews for films that are suitable for families to view together.  Because of our positive relationship with both Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Studios, as well as our continuing coverage of most movies in the superhero genre we have decided to move forwards and review this film on our site.  Be aware that the favorable review that follows should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the film as being appropriate for children.  At the beginning of the movie, Deadpool himself may declare this a family film, but be assured it’s definitely for adults only.

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In 2016 movie-going audiences were treated to a pleasant surprise when Twentieth Century Fox released its very first ‘R” rated entry into the Marvel Universe.  It was called DEADPOOL and as insane an idea as it may have seemed, creating a Marvel film with a very adult attitude, director Tim Miller delivered a smart, exciting and fun roller-coaster ride that went on to earn over $780 million in the box-office.  Of course, big box-office means only one thing – the need for a sequel.  For many this may have given some cause for concern as it doesn’t seem possible that the studio could successfully deliver for a second time on what was once considered an unrealistic task.  Well, I’m here to tell everyone not to worry.  DEADPOOL 2 maintains the insane tone of the original, once again using its sarcasm and violence to keep everything moving at a swift pace, while still giving the characters a real heartfelt foundation in which to drive the movie’s themes and emotions forward.  Ultimately, DEADPOOL 2 is one of those rare sequels that fans will go crazy for.

af0212_pubstill_01_R – Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

DEADPOOL 2 begins with the “Merc with a Mouth” facing a real tragedy.  Not wanting to spoil anything, I won’t reveal the moment that sets Deadpool on his emotional journey, even if it happens right at the beginning of the film just before the hilarious opening credits sequence.  The plot picks up when Deadpool is rendered powerless and thrown into jail along with a young mutant with fists of fire named Russell.  The young mutant tries to befriend our hero and is only met with rejection.  With his healing abilities gone and his life in an emotional turmoil our hero would prefer to wallow in self-pity and has no interest in being friends.  Then, when a time-traveling soldier named Cable arrives from the future with the murder of Russell on his mind, Deadpool is drawn back into his hero mode in order to protect the young teen.  This time though, tired of trying to impress the X-Men, he decides to create his own team of superheroes to fight alongside him – a group he calls, “X-Force.”

From the film’s opening moments it becomes real apparent that Ryan Reynolds is the ultimate driving force that makes the character of Deadpool, as well as the film itself, work as well as it does.  Similar to Christopher Reeves’ performance as Superman or Al Pacino’s portrayal of Michael Corleone, Reynolds (in both DEADPOOL films) has given us such a perfect realization of the character that one cannot imagine any other actor ever stepping into the role.  He effectively gives us a multi-dimensional hero that doesn’t take himself too seriously while still feeling his emotions in a very heartfelt manner.  Reynolds has fun with the sarcasm while respecting Deadpool for the very real character that he needs to be emotionally.

mb0340_pubstill_v0212.1010 – Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Colossus in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

As with the original movie, the writing here by Reynolds and his co-screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is first rate.  The humor never feels dumbed down and comes at a fast pace.  Within the first ten minutes there are more laugh-out-loud moments then most modern-day comedies give us during their whole running time.  Nothing is safe from DEADPOOL 2, not even Reynolds himself.  The script Pokes fun at everything from Marvel to D.C.  It gives audiences a bloody fight scene that’s set to a popular Dolly Parton song (I won’t spoil it here.  You’ll have to see the film to find out which one.) and takes shots at a beloved Disney song when it compares it to a Barbara Streisand tune.  Everything is fair game and the more you know about “Pop Culture” the more fun you’re going to have (The reference to BASIC INSTINCT has to be seen to be believed.).  Yet, the writers are more than aware that the movie can’t rely on smart wisecracks alone.  Deadpool’s personal story is rooted in real tragedy allowing the emotional aspects of the story to come through when they could have so easily been lost in all the mayhem.  This invites the audience to have a more personal connection to the characters, allowing us to care more deeply about everything that is going on, not matter how insane.

Then there’s the action.  Taking over the director’s chair is David Leitch, co-director of one of my favorite films from 2014 – JOHN WICK.  Though the film lacks the style and finesse that Tim Miller brought to the original, Leitch still knows how to keep things exciting while taking full advantage of the films “R” rating.  He successfully fills every frame of the action with grotesque violence and crazy sight gags, while still not losing sight of the story’s inner emotions (something that was done well in JOHN WICK as well) giving the action scenes a sense of real stakes and adding to the tension of it all.

DF-18772_R – Zazie Beetz as Domino in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer.

DEADPOOL 2 is also filled with fascinating characters that complement Reynolds’ Deadpool perfectly.  Some of them are just cameos (who won’t be revealed here) as Deadpool tries to recruit more heroes into his “X-Force.”  Then there are the few new characters who become more important to the story as well as the future of the franchise.  These include Zazie Beetz as Domino, a superhero whose superpower is that of “Luck.”  Yes, that’s right I said, “Luck.”  I know, luck sounds like a pretty lame power, but in the hands of the DEADPOOL 2 filmmakers it works unexpectedly well and even offers some of the best visual moments in the film.  There’s also Julian Dennison who plays the young pyrokinetic Russell.  In a way he is the weak link in the film as his character is a little clichéd and his story is one we’ve seen many times before.

Morena Baccarin is back as Deadpool’s Fiancé and although she is surprisingly in very little of the film, her character effectively drives Deadpool’s every move and her presence is felt in almost every scene.  Leslie Uggams also returns as Blind Al (one of my favorite characters from the original) and she is also surprisingly absent from most of the film.  Fortunately, she is just as good here as she was before and is a delight in every scene in which she appears.

pb0380_comp_v2002.1023 – Josh Brolin as Cable in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.

Then there’s Josh Brolin as Cable.  Making his 2nd appearance in a Marvel film this year Brolin is proving to be one of the best things in the Marvel Universe.  He brings the same intensity to Cable as he did to Thanos in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, giving us the most intriguing character in the film, aside from Deadpool himself.  It also helps that his character is incredibly well written with a backstory that is as important to the overall film as our heroes’.

DF-09880 – Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Leslie Uggams (Blind Al) in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer.

DEADPOOL 2 is as a good as a sequel can be.  It’s an intriguing continuation to the characters story while also setting up future installments that I personally can’t wait for.  Avoiding the traps of most sequels, it plays as a complete story on its own while adding to the franchise when grouped together with its predecessor.  I applaud the filmmakers for staying true to the risks taken by the first film and embracing the “R” rating that the DEADPOOL franchise needs to stay true to its main character.  A fast paced roller-coaster ride with real emotional stakes and an insane sense of humor, DEADPOOL 2 proves that the success of the original was definitely not a fluke.

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About Mark Oguschewitz

Mark Oguschewitz moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating with a film degree from Columbia College in Chicago, Ill. Pursuing a career in the industry, Mark became an award winning freelance editor. He is also known for being the creative consultant for the podcast "Skywalking through Neverland" and co-host of the Podcast "Talking Apes TV." Mark's short film "Gourmet" took the Best Micro-Short honor at the International Horror and Sci-Fi film festival in 2007. His spare time is all about movies. It's not just entertainment, but has become more of a real passion, as he tries to see everything he can. Art house or Blockbuster – It doesn't matter, he loves them all.