It’s been two years since Ryan Reynolds was given a “do-over” bringing Marvel’s Wade Wilson aka Deadpool back to the big screen. The first time Reynolds portrayed the Merc-with-a-Mouth was in 2009’s “X-men Origins: Wolverine”. The character was poorly handled in that film, to say the least. Thankfully “Deadpool” was done justice in 2016 and the $783.1 million it pulled in worldwide proved that audiences were responding positively. Not to mention, that “Deadpool” was strapped with an “R” rating which makes the box office haul even more impressive.
We can thank Deadpool’s box office success for not only an R-rated Wolverine movie with last year’s “Logan”, but also “Deadpool 2” which is sure to please fans of the first film. If you thought “Deadpool” was filled with over-the-top violence and raunchiness, you haven’t seen nothing yet. David Leitch (“John Wick”, “Atomic Blonde”) takes over for Tim Miller as director and Leitch does a fantastic job keeping the Miller’s tone.
Part of what makes “Deadpool 2” work so well are the multiple surprises throughout the film. Unlike many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, “Deadpool 2” is rarely predictable. Many of the surprises are what bring the biggest laughs. I will say if you laughed during Wade’s regenerating baby hand scene in the first film, wait to you see what he has-to deal with here.
Without giving away too much of the story, in “Deadpool 2” we see Wade Wilson (Reynolds) on a mission to protect a young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) from a time-traveling mutant named Cable (Josh Brolin) who wants to kill the boy before he grows up to do some terrible things in the future. Wade can’t stop Cable himself, so he enlists the help of a team, which he calls, X-Force. Those familiar with the comics, know all about this group. The most notable member is Domino (Zazie Beetz) and she is easily one of the most enjoyable new additions. Her superpower is “luck” and as strange as that might sound, it works for some fun action sequences.
There is a whole lot going on in “Deadpool 2”, in a way there just might be too much packed into the two-hour run-time, which is why I enjoyed the first film more. However, “Deadpool 2” delivers in almost every way it needed to and I was laughing quite hard on numerous occasions. My fear is that if they try to squeeze out a “Deadpool 3” it won’t work as well as the first two films. I know that the “X-Force” movie is next and the minds behind the franchise would be wise to focus on that and build the world around Wade Wilson with more interesting characters.
By: Marc Ferman