Deadpool 2 is currently in theaters and is directed by David Leitch, who’s previous works include the John Wick films as well as Atomic Blonde. The film serves as a sequel to 2016’s Deadpool, a film that was basically the dream project of massive Deadpool fan Ryan Reynolds and did very well in terms of box office and critical reception. With all this in mind, a sequel was definitely inevitable (heck, the post-credits scene of the original made that obvious). However, many fans were worried that because of the change in director, the sequel would not live up to the hype or even be good for that matter. After seeing the film personally, I can safely say that while the film is not better than the original, fans will still be pleased by its action, comedy, and entertaining characters.
The film picks up with Deadpool (played by Reynolds himself) as he continues to support him and his girlfriend with his mercenary antics as the Merc with the Mouth. However, when a certain tragedy transpires with the both of them, Deadpool at first seeks to join the ranks of the X-Men after years of being pressured to do so. On his first day of duty, Deadpool gets into a massive predicament along with a young, impulsive mutant (played by Julian Dennison), who is currently being hunted by a cybernetic mutant from the future named Cable (played by Josh Brolin). Now determined to keep this young mutant safe, Deadpool assembles his own team of mutants to stop Cable while also getting his life back together.
While I was also worried about the change in direction, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Deadpool 2 did not stray from what many people (including myself) liked about the first movie. The action is still very entertaining and over-the-top (even if the CGI is not the best), and the gore is still hard-core thankfully. In terms of production design, they get that pretty right too. Deadpool himself still looks exactly like the comics, and the other characters (with a bit of an exception with Domino) look really well translated as well (which is all ironic considering that the other X-Men related films rarely get this aspect right).
Speaking of the characters, everyone once again is perfect in their roles. Ryan Reynolds in particular was completely born to play Deadpool, and continues to give the character the justice and respect he deserves on the big screen. Other returning characters, such as T.J. Miller’s Weasel and Colossus, also get really good moments in the film and some really funny material to work with. As for the new characters, many of them (particularly Zazie Beet’s Domino and Dennison’s character) are definitely welcome additions to the cast and give the film plenty of good moments. Plus, without giving away too much, a surprise character from the comics shows up in the third act and is an absolute blast to see actually portrayed right after his not-so-good interpretation in X-Men: The Last Stand.
However, the film does unfortunately contain a couple of flaws. Number one of which, for me, was Cable. While Josh Brolin did a fantastic job as the character (especially when it comes to his look), the character could’ve certainly used some more screen time and development, as well as insight into how his powers work. On top of that, the members of the team that Deadpool forms in the second act also needed a bit more to do (particularly Shatterstar since he is a developed character in the comics). Finally, there are a few jokes in the film that either go on way too long or just kind of fall flat. However, that is in no way saying the comedy in this film is bad, in fact it’s downright hilarious for the most part (especially the after-credits scenes).
In conclusion, Deadpool 2 is a definitely a worthy sequel for the beloved Marvel character. Is it better than the first one? Probably not, but I will say that it’s not inferior to the last one either. To me, it’s the perfect example of a film that is not better than the original, but still just as good. Hopefully the character still has more to do after the Disney/Fox deal, but for now, I was definitely satisfied. If you’re looking for some funny comedy, and some satisfyingly violent action, definitely give it a watch.
Final Verdict: A-