Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds as the main character and directed by David Leitch, is the second installment of the standalone superhero franchise that transcends genres and has been universally acclaimed as both action and comedy. From the beginning of the film, there is explosive action paired with laugh out loud comedy that make the character a favorite to almost anyone who views the film.
The movie begins with Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Reynolds) explaining what happened to him since the first film, and how he has found himself at virtually rock bottom with a Hulk-like hatred for himself because he does not have the ability to die. After a globe-trotting stint in which he takes down numerous big-time criminals, he returns home to his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), with whom he is looking to start a family. After a major tragedy, “The Merc with a Mouth” must try to come to grips with a new reality and find reason to live.
While on a self-destructive path, he is convinced to join the X-Men as a trainee and must help thwart a destructive teen named Russell (Julian Dennison) who has the ability to manipulate fire through his fists and is trying to destroy his mutant rehabilitation home and the men who have cared for him while being a patient. In standard Deadpool fashion, the hero bumbles the operation and finds himself being transported to a high-security prison for mutants, along with the angsty teen with whom he forms a bond, with both wearing collars that mitigate their mutant abilities.
While in the prison, a soldier from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin) travels back in time to find the boy in hopes of killing him in order to prevent the future villain from committing atrocities years later, including the murder of his family. After breaking into the prison and trying to find Russell, Cable unintentionally releases Deadpool. Severing his relationship with Russell and giving the teen a new hatred and anger towards the world, Deadpool forms a team of mutants called X-Force to try to stop Cable from killing Russell, hoping there is a chance for redemption to make the boy see that not all people are evil and that he has a choice to control his own destiny.
The film is hysterically funny, and Reynolds shows that he is the perfect person to play the formerly cult icon. Deadpool’s trademark of breaking the fourth wall and making jokes that are in context canonically to Marvel Comics, as well as ones that poke fun at contemporary Hollywood, current events, and even Reynolds’ own not-so-great attempts at making superhero movies before he dawned Deadpool’s costume. Absolutely nothing is off-limits.
The film takes the superhero genre and mixes in feelings of a buddy cop-type film with elements of Back to the Future, Terminator, and Logan. The film is fresh and different and makes for an incredible watch, that may even top the first film, which is also fantastic.
The film sports supporting roles from T.J. Miller, who returns as Deadpool’s bartender friend, Terry Crewes as Bedlam, Stefan Capacic as Colossus, Bill Skaarsgard as Zeitgeist, and many other callbacks to the comics, including appearances by Juggernaut and other major names. With the enormous cast, plus some cameos from some major stars, it never seems too crowded and flows extremely well.
What Deadpool 2 does extremely well is bring A+ action to the big screen, with great battle scenes and action sequences that will leave any action junkie satisfied. Having this juxtaposed with the quirky soundtrack make the movie even more entertaining. This film comes highly recommended for fans of any genre, and it will not disappoint.