Now that everyone’s had a chance to see the new Deadpool 2 film, I can tell you how I really feel without spoiling for the vast majority. If you haven’t seen it yet, that’s your Spoiler Warning.
Going into Deadpool, they show us a Wade Wilson who’s pretty much given up and tried to blow himself up. “Say what”. Well then, after the first movie’s happy ending with Wade getting his girl back, there’s only one thing that would throw him into a suicidal state – something bad happened to her. And as sure as you’re reading this, she gets killed. There’s no way that I’m the only one who saw this coming. Everything was going TOO well. And that’s how it all starts.
This Deadpool 2 film really establishes who its audience is going to be from here on out. Many who liked the first one was being introduced to something new. An r-rated, raunchy comic book movie with great action and an interesting character whose shtick is to break the fourth wall and make a ton of pop culture references. The sequel does everything the first did with the notch turned way up. More comedy, more action, more fourth wall breaking, more pop culture referencing and a little more “raunch”. And that may turn some people off a bit. When you walk out of Deadpool 2, you will most certainly know if you’re really a fan of the character or not.
What about the New Characters?
Getting into the movie and its characters, I really loved Cable. This is Josh Brolin’s year for superhero films. Ironically, I liked his character so much, I started to feel like he may have been out of place. Don’t get me wrong, Josh does good comedy and he meshed well in this universe. But I would love to see Cable in his own film without all the Deadpool nincompoopery. His backstory, his struggles, and his abilities would serve a self-contained story very well.
Domino stole the show for me. Everyone including myself absolutely loved this character. Not just for her superpowers, which is Lady Luck herself, but also her spunk. And did I mention how beautiful she is? I would love to see her alongside Cable in an X-Force film or whatever project they work on.
Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are back of course but my girl Warhead didn’t do much at all. I really loved her in the first film and they could’ve done so much more with her and Deadpool’s sister/brother relationship. So, that goes into my book as a missed opportunity. Her new girlfriend, Yukio, was a treat but didn’t do anything either. Her fandom with Deadpool was fun however and made me appreciate her inclusion, even with so little screen time. Colossus is still the big boy scout from the first film and his big brother relationship with Deadpool is one of the highlights of the film.
Firefist, the light-antagonist of the film I’ll call him, was just ok. I don’t mind the departure from the comic version of the character at all. However, his character in this film annoyed me more than anything. Yes, he served the story in a big way but I wish they’d gone a different path with their…villain. It’s hard to say this movie even had a real villain. Sure, you had bad guys but there was no Ajax villain. But that leads me to another new guy…
Juggernaut – and I do mean the REAL Juggernaut. As anyone would guess, the more accurate portrayal of the big guy is courtesy of Ryan Reynolds, who also did the voice over for him. In an interview with Polygon, Ryan stated:
“It feels like a little bit of a reboot to us with Juggernaut as opposed to incorporating the Juggernauts from the past. He’s a man of few words and a temper and he expresses himself through kind of murderous physicality … We thought we could take full advantage of CGI to make him the powerful force of nature that he really deserved to be and wasn’t in earlier movies.”
I felt the CGI for Juggernaut was a bit rubbery in spots, especially when he fought Colossus, but he brought the fight and the danger. The way he was “dispatched” didn’t sit well with me either. A little too much college humor for me. But I hope he returns for more screen time and damage in later films.
Wade Wilson is the same crazy sum-bitch as before. There’s a scene where he gets ripped in half by Juggernaut and has to grow back his lower half. That shit was funny! That entire scene was hilarious. I almost died laughing and everyone in the theater lost it so bad, we couldn’t hear half of what was being said in the movie. Say what you want about Deadpool 2, but if a comedy can pull that off, mission accomplished!
Overall, what did you think of the film?
It’s a tough call. I don’t think it’s better than the first film, but it also had one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen in a long time. On top of that, we now have Cable and Domino added to the roster. I may have liked the first film better overall. But Deadpool 2 is what I call a Worthy Sequel.
With that said, I give Deadpool 2 a…..
Definitely not one of those people who liked it more than Infinity War. But man, it was delightfully funny in many parts. Looking forward to what they do with the franchise. Good Job, Ryan!
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