When Deadpool hit theaters two years ago, it was a critical success and one of the highest grossing R-rated films of all time. Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds gave us one of the most accurate portrayals of a comic book character to date (something Deadpool fans definitely deserved after Wade Wilson’s treatment in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and introduced a wider audience to the merc with a mouth. Deadpool 2 builds on that success by utilizing the regenerating degenerate’s unique sense of humor even more, adding a few new gems to the cast of quirky, lovable mutants, and creating action sequences that are vastly superior to the ones in the original. Everyone involved with Deadpool 2 must have taken the character’s quip “maximum effort” to heart, because the film’s quality clearly shows it. Director David Leitch and his crew wanted to make the best Deadpool sequel they could, and boy did they succeed.
Deadpool 2 follows our favorite burgundy-clad buffoon as he’s forced to protect a teenage mutant (played by the hilarious Julian Dennison) from the time-traveling soldier Cable (Josh Brolin, who does an admirable job making a very dark character never feel out of place in a mostly comedic film). Certain events cause DP to realize he may need help, so enlists the aid of X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (with both Stefan Kapičić and Brianna Hildebrand reprising their roles), and even creates his own team, the X-Force. While I’d love to gush about the X-Force members (including the likes of Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård, and one positively electrifying cameo), I feel they are best seen without any real introduction.
However, I will say that the stand out member has to be Domino (Zazie Beetz), a mutant with the power of luck. Her unique gift leads to some of the craziest action sequences in the film, and more than a few moments of pure hilarity. If Fox’s planned X-Force movie survives Disney’s acquisition, I hope that Beetz’s Domino is front and center in it.
Deadpool’s roommate, Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), taxi driver/fanboy Dopinder (Karan Soni), and friend/bartender Weasel (TJ Miller) return as well, but have much less to do this time around. While Uggams and Soni are still great during the time they have, Miller felt pretty flat.
Unsurprisingly, Ryan Reynolds steals the show as the title character. Reynolds knows exactly why people love Deadpool so much, and he flaunts it with so much confidence and charisma. The only bits that he lost me were the film’s more dramatic moments. It’s hard to stay somber when every other line is a jab at another character or a reference to another film, but that’s a small complaint against a movie that kept me smiling for almost two hours straight.
With all said and done, Deadpool 2 is exactly what I wanted: more Deadpool. It doesn’t do anything really groundbreaking, but it surpasses the original by just being more of what I wanted. It’s even funnier, has bigger battles, and gives us more of Reynolds’ pitch perfect anti-hero.