If you were to make a list of the best comic-book portrayals, Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool would be high on that list. With the success of the first entry back in 2016, the wait for Wade’s return has left fans impatiently waiting.
With Deadpool 2, the humor and action remain intact, while the core story is less than desirable. The story in itself is one of practicality. Wade and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) want to start a family, yet it’s in the arrival of mutant Russell/Firefist (Julian Dennison) where Wade’s true test of adoration comes into play. Dennison’s portrayal of Firefist is similar to that of his role in the superb “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” but with an R-edge. The introduction of time-traveling mercenary Cable played by Josh Brolin starts to make things more difficult for Wade, as he’s sent back to the past to eliminate Russell.
Some story beats are obvious from the start. Deadpool successfully distracts the audience from the lack of a strong story. Instead, the film doubles-down on the comedy keeping things entertaining while forgetting about Russell’s unlikability and thin plot, which the film jokes about, often too much.
Deadpool 2’s comedy is something of a departure from the first film. Keep in mind, the tone is still the same, yet, some of the jokes are either retreads or fall-flat. Wade breaking the fourth-wall – at least to me – never get’s old. However, some of the wall-breaking jokes deal with the film industry in a way that not everyone will understand. When the jokes do deliver; they hit hard.
One visual gag featuring Wade’s formation of the X-Force, their abilities, and mission left me in tears due to the escalation of ludicrous events that follow. Speaking of X-Force, Zazie Beetz’s Domino is the real scene-stealer of the film. Her power being luck makes for some neat setpieces that happen in the film.
Despite some jokes not landing, the other problem I had with the film was editing. Some fight scenes were well-choreographed, while others felt choppy and incoherent. With such an action-oriented film it’s slightly disappointing. The overall result is a film that relies on the previous formula that worked, and a successful sequel that begs to be watched over again.
Deadpool 2 may not hit as hard as its predecessor in the comedy or action department. The film instead makes up for these errors due to the joyous ambition the filmmakers strive to make.