Deadpool 2 – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable. – (Source)

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84% (Critics) / 86% (Audience)
MetaScore: 66 – Generally favorable reviews
Directed By: David Leitch
Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, TJ Miller and Josh Brolin
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox

The Good:
This movie is hilarious and full of well crafted incredibly fun action scenes. Ryan Reynolds continues to embody everything that makes Deadpool the character that so many comic book fans fell in love with and he might be the most spot on performance an actor playing a comic book character has ever been.
All of the characters and relationships from the first DEADPOOL are in the sequel and all of the characters and actors fall right back into their character’s skins with total ease and Reynolds chemistry with them is still great. As for the new characters, Domino and Russell (the unfortunately self-proclaimed “Firefist”) are wonderful scene partners for Deadpool and ATLANTA‘s Zazie Beetz and Julian Dennison (who was really good in THOR director Taika Waititi‘s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE ) have quick and easy chemistry with Ryan Reynolds.

As a comic book fan I loved all of the characters from the comics that show up in the movie as side characters from Black Tom Cassidy to The Vanisher (played by a blink and you’ll miss him Brad Pitt) but the standout is Rob Delaney‘s Peter. Watching what looks like a recently laid off insurance salesman on a team of super-powered mutants was hilarious visually all by it’s lonesome but Delaney played Peter’s wide-eyed innocence at the insane levels of danger he volunteered to be involved in so well.

And speaking of Deadpool’s team. Every second of the journey to find members for X-Force up to their one and only mission is so ridiculous and funny and surprising. It might be the best part of the whole movie.

I also want to point out how cool the opening credits of the movie are. They are total homage to the classic James Bond movie credits complete with a bombastic Bond-style theme song sung by none other than Celine Dion (how exactly has she never done an actual James Bond theme song?) and the entire package is just visually and aurally astounding.
There are so many site gags in this to go along with Deadpool’s 4th wall breaking shtick. I think my favorite is one that is probably only something that hardcore comic book fans will notice and it is near the end of the movie where Deadpool gets blasted and his costume gets singed so that it looks like the black-ops uniform the character wore in the Uncanny X-Force comic.
Also a Public Service Announcement: there are multiple after-credits scenes and every one is worth sticking around after the theater lights come up.

The Bad:
The character death that is the linchpin for the plot of the movie was well done and served as a great bit of motivation for the Deadpool character but I am really hoping that it gets undone by the next movie (and that is a distinct possibility if the multiple after-credits scenes are within the continuity of the overall film and not just fun add-ons). The character is great and I love the actor in the role so my fingers are crossed that my whining about the death is eventually a waste of time.

If you have any deep abiding attachments to specific X-Men characters I would advise you to gird your loins because some of them get treated in the most awful way possible. Especially if you are one fo the 7 or so diehard Shatterstar fans out there. You have my condolences.
When you boil it down to its core the Big Bad in this movie was a nebbishy, anti-mutant, religiously fanatical headmaster of a mutant group home. And as bad guys go that was a bit of a disappointment.

The Ugly:
Why is Josh Brolin? And that is the question…there are no words missing or grammatical issues. I just want to know why is Josh Brolin?
I really didn’t buy Brolin as Cable. His Cable was just a shorter, less Austrian version of The Terminator. He didn’t deliver anything that made me go , “Wow, that is freaking Cable!”, instead I was just meh about him and the character he was playing.

Final Verdict: DEADPOOL 2 is just as hilarious as the first movie and just as enjoyably violent but as an added bonus the sequel injects a hefty dosage of heart to the over-the-top proceedings that never drags the film down or feels out of place. It is a really fun movie experience.

Grade: B+

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