Deadpool 2 is consistently amusing, riddled with jokes that continuously hit bigger and better than the last but the sequel gets off to a bit of a rocky start that feels like it’s wading in what made the first film successful before it introduces anything fresh into the mix like new characters and cameos (don’t blink).
Also in the cast are T.J. Miller as Deadpool’s sidekick, Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and Karan Soni as Dopinder, the cab driver who wants to join the team. The joke in the original movie was that it was such a cheap film that only Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead could appear; now they don’t have that problem, so jokes about the movie being cheap don’t play as well. It will be interesting to see if they can replicate much of what made the first successful. This film is almost completely linear, Deadpool simply used jumping through time as a way to make a slow origin more exciting, and to trick you into thinking there was more action than there was.
The film also makes up plenty of ground with an excellent post-credits scene that – despite me not liking this instalment – makes me optimistic for what a part three could look like. But that performance was a mere warm-up: Reynolds brought down the house in his second rendition of “Tomorrow”, and, watching from the Build studios, his Deadpool 2 co-stars couldn’t help but be impressed. He teased that the last game he played was 1986’s “Castlevania” for the NES.
The Hollywood Reporter says, “There’s action aplenty throughout the film, but Deadpool 2 doesn’t bog down in it as many overcooked comic-book sequels do”. Rob Delaney’s Peter is a highlight but does little more than what was seen in the film’s marketing. If sequels built on the backs of X-whatever mutants are going to thrive into the future, this installment needs (as did The Lego Batman Movie) to convince its loner protagonist that a family of trusted partners isn’t something to fear. We shot the film in Vancouver and there are a lot of Indians staying there. Plus, we get the introduction to X-Force, an offshoot of the X-Men. (His Deadpool 2 character, Cable, is a fairly dour antihero, which is kind of fitting with how dour Thanos is.) So much of what happens in Deadpool 2 feels like a series of sketches, or barely interconnected episodes, as opposed to a natural extension of the character or a feature-length plot: Deadpool Trains as an X-Man! This weekend, fans will sit down for the mouthy hero’s next solo romp, and it will not take the mercenary long to come back to theaters once again. And with Russell becoming the character in the story that Deadpool and Cable are seeking out (for very different reasons), we move away from the typical sequel traits. I think the masked part of “King of Masked Singer” had a lot to do with it.
Since the first Deadpool movie also had a promotion with Manchester United it was only natural for the witty superhero to include them in the lead up to Deadpool 2. Deadpool happily brags about it in the new film, continuing his breaking-the-fourth-wall humor.