After leaked test footage was unleashed we were given the first Deadpool. With its stellar success a sequel was inevitable and now here we are, Deadpool 2. Bigger, faster, filthier, Deadpool 2 takes everything that worked for the first and adds to it for a more than worthy sequel. Fourth wall breaks and heaps of R rated frivolity combined with that over-the-top gratuitous violence we all know and love further prove that the adult superhero film is here to stay.
Every actor hopes for that one role that will define their career; Harrison Ford as Solo, Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, and now Ryan Reynolds as the walking red condom. His aptitude for snide commentary that he has showcased his entire career truly unfurls as Wade Wilson.
David Leitch takes over as director for Tim Miller and brings his eye for amazing action sequence to this sequel making for not just hilarity but visual spectacle reminiscent of his previous work on John Wick. As the man that killed Wick’s dog, Leitch was the perfect choice to bring not only gritty violence but combine it with the humor that Deadpool is famous for. Together these elements along with an intriguing storyline filled with interesting characters create what a sequel is supposed to accomplish, being better than the first without losing the soul of what made it all worthwhile in the first place.
The pop culture references and cameos add an extra flavoring of fun to an already ridiculous premise creating some of the best moments of the film. With such a great cast delivering sometimes brutally funny lines make this one of the best superhero films ever. Zazie Beetz stars alongside Reynolds as the luckiest girl in the MARVEL universe, Domino. More than just being lucky she is capable of keeping up with Reynolds, joke for joke, insult for insult. And when she has to kick some ass she is completely convincing and entertaining as hell. Returning for round 2 is T.J. Miller and everyone’s favorite cabbie, Karan Soni. In an action comedy they are the comedic relief so basically they are the whip cream on top of the whip cream. Over indulgence? Maybe. Nevertheless funny as ever and a welcomed addition? Absolutely. And then there’s Brolin…
Josh Brolin is having a career resurgence the likes of which not seen since Robert Downey Jr. in 2008. Sicario, Sicario 2, the Avengers films, and now Deadpool 2 all prove that Brolin’s career didn’t fade out with One-Eyed Willie. And with all those movies he’s proven himself a formidable villain with a tenacity and fervor that he brings to every role. With his new role as the time-wielding Cable he expertly balances his motivation for revenge and his ability to crack jokes with the rest of them. His presence even off screen is palpable as a conflicted soldier with a motivation that is not just tragic but relatable. Much like the film itself, his complexity somehow still works despite such contrasting elements like comedy, drama, pop culture prodding, and incessant wall breaking. Deadpool is truly a one-of-a-kind breed and it’s all the more unique and entertaining because of it.
Reynolds and company at the direction of Leitch have made a worthy sequel to a wholly unique franchise. The action is exciting, the violence is graphic and plentiful, the comedy is overflowing with humor and genius timing. The cameos are an element all their own acting as the sprinkles for this overloaded cinematic sundae. All these elements combined with an interesting story, Deadpool 2 is the sequel we were all hoping for and so much more. This is a sequel that proves the first wasn’t a fluke but lightning in a bottle struck twice.
Rated R For: strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material
Runtime: 119 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes and they are brilliant.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Karan Soni
Directed By: David Leitch
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4/ Directing: 5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: Yes
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