Deadpool 2 review - Ryan Reynolds is a comedy god
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Mr. Pool really is back and better than ever. We didn’t think it could be done. We didn’t think the sequel could ever live up to the legacy of the first one, or the hype and pressure of our colossal (ha) expectations … but after a slightly rocky start, it absolutely does!
I’ll be honest, the initial premise set-up disappointed me hugely from a storytelling perspective, but for real when it’s followed up by a full length mock James Bond opening title sequence with Celine Dion singing the theme song, can you even be mad?
In the spirit of the first film, Deadpool 2 also packs a surprisingly emotional punch as well as a bunch of silly and super violent ones. Where the theme last time around was true love, this time it’s all about family. Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) plays a mutant kid in need of Deadpool’s help, and he steals every scene he’s in — no mean feat when your scene partner is Ryan Reynolds. He also steals the audience’s heart, and manages to play comedy, drama, and tragedy equally well. He’s a raw talent, whose career trajectory is set to be stratospheric.
The other scene-stealer of the film is undeniably Dopinder (Karan Soni), who gets a thoroughly deserved expanded role that he makes the absolute most of. Alongside the familiar faces of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), we’re introduced to a whole new host of heroes. Most of them are utterly wasted. Yoki (Shioini Kutsuna), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeits (Bill Skasgard), and Bedlam (Terry Crews) are all played by huge talents that aren’t given an opportunity to show them off. Don’t get me wrong, the whole thing is admittedly super funny — it’s just a shame to waste both characters and actors with such potential.
Not wasted are Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) as Domino and Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War) as Thanos Cable. This lucky lady and Terminator knock-off certainly bring the cool factor while Deadpool is over there breaking every bone in his body in newly unappealing ways. This is weird, but Thanos is actually really sexy in this movie. Don't judge.
Quips are fired left, right, and centre, making fun of the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Justice League indiscriminately. Once again, there are plenty of jokes at Wolverine’s expense — more painful post-Logan, but still hilarious. The soundtrack to this film is faultlessly funny, and call-backs to the previous film are used to great effect. The ‘Deadpool’ song is remixed to be about the X-Force; the tiny hand skit is taken to whole new heights … or should I say lows. Honestly, if that part doesn’t have you wheezing with laughter, there’s no hope for you. Visual comedy and CGI at its best, ladies and gentlemen.
Alongside the host of celebs flashed up in the trailer, there are a few surprise cameos that literally had the whole cinema yelling out loud. Let’s just say the X-Men mansion has a few hidden surprises, and you should keep your eye on the Vanisher. If anything, the success of the last movie opened a lot of doors regarding what this sequel could afford to include!
Overall, the story is super cliché, sometimes in a cheesy good way, and sometimes in a eye-rolling bad way, but after a hilariously drawn-out conclusion, the end is a satisfying one. That is, the after-credit end. Don’t bother sticking around for an after-after-credit scene — there isn’t one. I promise.
The whole thing is tied together by an absolutely transcendent Ryan Reynolds, who delivers each line, each nasty joke, each ripplingly funny moment of physical comedy, with as much style and panache as Deadpool deserves. Literally nobody else could pull it off the way he does — there’s simply so much potential for jokes to fall flat, but his absolute dedication and enthusiasm for the character shines through above all. He jokes at one point that the Academy is watching — maybe they should be.
It’s an absolute blast that adds a whole bunch to everything that made the first film great. and leaves plenty of room for introducing Copycat in the third instalment. There’s no evidence for that — it’s just wishful thinking on my part. But once you see the film, you’ll see why I think she deserves it.
Deadpool 2 explodes into cinemas today, May 15th, distributed by 20th Century Fox.