Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, is the comic book follow up to Deadpool (2016). The film continues the story of Wade Wilson as the anti-hero who goes on the journey to help out a young teenage mutant with a crew of mutants and heroes.
With the major success of the first Deadpool film, living up to the expectations of comedy and action that should come with the character, there are very high hopes for this film matching that level. This also has to stand up with the likes of Avengers: Infinity War and Solo: A Star Wars Story to get the big bucks in.
This was an absolutely blast to watch in the cinema. Out of every film I have seen in cinemas this year, this was easily the best experience I have had. The crowd was so lively, laughing along at all the key points, and the amount of jokes waiting to be made on the side (possibly unplanned) added to the experience. Me and my boyfriend easily made four jokes whilst watching the film, that’s how much fun we had during this film.
That comes down to the humour of this film. Going in, I was worried that the humour was toned down due to the 15 rating. I had nothing to worry about though as the jokes were as raunchy as ever. Almost every joke hit perfectly, and I was laughing all the way through.
The characters play along with the tone of the film as well, and they bounce off of each other so well. Ryan Reynolds was born to be Deadpool, and there is simply nobody else who could even consider to be close to his level. Brolin was a great choice for Cable, and is having a killer year in the comic-book industry. I also really liked Beetz as Domino, and the shots and action scenes she got in played very well to the role of her character.
This film made some very bold choices, and I like that it took those risks. Deadpool 2 is unapologetic, and it is truly badass. The X-Force has some very bold characters, but all of them work very well. A shout-out has to go to Terry Crews, just for being the bad-ass that he always is. This was a great way to get the big names in and let them break loose and have fun in some smaller roles.
There are a ton of references to pop culture and comic-book culture in this film. Yes, most of them are punch lines for jokes (and they all work), but there are also some style and costume choices that reflect these. I love that the director went along this route, as it makes the film feel more current and relevant.
The one major issue that I had with this film was the pace. There would be time jumps, scenes that would drag on for too long, and some scenes that could have been expanded on. I feel the film was in the right time frame (just under two hours), but the way the timing was spaced out wasn’t as well done as it could have been.
There is only one post scene credit and it takes place mid-way through the credits. I will not say anything due to spoilers, but it is a must watch. This is possibly my favourite post-credit scene in the history of comic-book films.
There was one other issue I had with the film, but it doesn’t deal with the film itself so I will put it after my review. Nonetheless, this is a film you must see opening week to get the best experience. Nothing beats a full audience laughing at inappropriate jokes that works. This is so far my favourite comic-book film of 2018 (yes, I prefer it to Black Panther and Infinity War) and I cannot wait to go see it in cinemas again.
I went to see this film in 2D 4DX, and whilst I love the experience of 4DX, I did have one issue. I was sat in the middle of the back row, so it might have been a directional issue, but whenever a flash of light shone in the movie (there is a lot in the prison scene in particular), the light shone into my eyes. This caused me to majorly glare and be blinded for a few seconds. Not a fun experience.
Anyways, thank you for reading this review. If you have followed this blog for a while, you’ll be used to me posting twice a week. This will be slowing down to once a week, and I’ll post a schedule update soon as to why I have chosen to do this.
So, until next Sunday, that was some film for thought.