Deadpool 2 is out now in theaters, and if you’re a fan of the Merc with a mouth, or just love how Ryan Reynolds brought him to life in Deadpool, then you should be happy about what the team put forth with the sequel. It’s as easily as good as the first one, if not a bit better thanks to the insane amount of 4th wall breaking jokes, cameos, and raw violence. It even packs in some emotions and a bit of heart as it tries to prop up Deadpool as more than just a walking shit, dick, or fart joke. You literally will laugh-out-loud at least once while taking this spectacle of insanity in, so if you need more convincing you must take life too seriously, but by all means I’d love for you to check out my full review after the break. It’s appreciated even if you just click on the video and walk away.
Hey now fans of the pool, and I’m not talking about the one where little kids pee in, Matt Heywood here from EntertainmentBuddha.com to review Deadpool, or what I now like to call FourthWall 2, the awesome vulgarity and insanity strikes back starring Wade Wilson as Ryan Reynolds.
There will be no spoilers present in this review.
Man oh man is Deadpool 2 a spectacle to behold! It starts out with some raw and in your face violence, that somehow manages to top the film’s gore level in under 5-minutes, and then it transforms into a hilariously self spoofing, comic book movie lampooning, and awesome cameo featuring affair that offers many more laughs than the original, and a surprising amount of heart.
This movie is so Deadpool it’s not even funny. The whole 4th wall breaking mechanic that was revolutionary in the original has been amped up to new levels in the sequel. At times it literally feels as if Deadpool is speaking to you and only you as you consume his chimichanga fueled sequel while trying to not rocket liquids out of your face’s orifices as you laugh hysterically at the pure lunacy that takes place throughout the entire narrative.
Things start out way heavier than anyone would expect a Deadpool movie to start, but that helps to set the film’s underlying dramatic tone as it starts to layer in all of the madness that can accompany a movie about Deadpool being Deadpool. I was surprised to find that this sequel had a legitimately thoughtful thread to it, which really helped to portray the character of Wade/Deadpool as more than a overgrown teenager with a mind that only knows how to live in the gutter. There’s some real growth for the Merc with the Mouth, which honestly I don’t think anyone really needed to enjoy a second movie about him, but it definitely added a new layer to the character and made him feel a bit more real and less like a jackass. Only slightly less though, don’t worry, Deadpool doesn’t go all Bruce Wayne on you and get way too serious about life.
After the rather shocking beginning of this movie things just start to get funky, but in a great way. There’s a fantastic team up with the X-Men early on that offers up plenty of fan love, and then of course the introduction of Cable just takes things to a whole new level in terms of the inside jokes Deadpool pulls on Marvel, comic book movies in general, and of course the DC universe.
Brolin definitely holds his own with Reynolds’ Deadpool, who clearly, and rightfully so steals the entire show. I mean Reynolds has so perfectly embraced this character that it has to frighten his wife and family at this point. It’s hard to even tell the two apart, which is reinforced by some fantastically fucked up moments during the movie’s extended post-credit sequence. Like Jackman, Hemsworth, Downey Jr., and Evans, it’s now impossible to think of any other actor playing Deadpool, so once again Ryan has shown how much he loves this character, which comes through in spades in his performance in this sequel, as well as the film’s dedication to the world of Deadpool.
Zazie Beetz also stands out as Domino, so the overall cast nails their parts in Deadpool 2, which just makes it’s world feel so much more alive and authentic. Even if that authenticity is rooted in R-rated Tom Foolery.
While Deadpool, the supporting cast, and breaking the fourth wall steal the show in Deadpool 2 , it also features some genuinely awesome action set pieces. They’re not the city leveling comic book movie set pieces either, rather they’re tightly packed action segments spread throughout the film that offer up ways to see Deadpool’s impressive powers in action, while also maintaining the illusion that this is a traditional comic book movie. There’s a hijack sequence in particular that stands out for its hilarity, but also for its technical execution and wow factor. It definitely offers up plenty of jaw dropping moments that are broken up with some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself laughing uncontrollably as bad guys and possibly some good guys get gruesomely taken out by Deadpool and his ragtag band of X-Force flunkies.
Deadpool 2 definitely captured the magic of the original, and it stayed very true to the character. Its fourth wall breaking dialogue is very spot on and pulls you into the narrative as if you were an insider. The humor is never ending and always well done and smart. The action and encompassing visuals are fantastic and brutally satisfying. And in general the narrative is surprising and thoughtful without being overly dark and dramatic. For a sequel to a successful film it just checks all of the boxes.
Deadpool 2 gets an 8.5 out of 10 review score from Team EB. It’s definitely worth watching on the big screen with an audience, even if said audience stuffs their fat faces with food the entire time. It’s just a hilarious R-rated action flick that also happens to be a really great Marvel movie, albeit one that wouldn’t fit well in the more sterile MCU.
Thanks for watching, this is Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBUddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.
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