From the studio that brought you 27 Dresses and The Devil Wears Prada comes The Merc with a Mouth. After the critical and financial success of Deadpool, everyone has been really excited for the sequel. The first instalment was a movie that a lot of fans have been waiting to see, because it’s so fresh to have an R–rated comic book character that breaks the fourth wall and throws in some funny jokes on the big screen. Deadpool did appear in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but that was not so good. That film alone ruined both Wolverine and Deadpool. You know it’s a bad sign when the Merc with a Mouth has no mouth whatsoever. But, they learned from their mistakes and gave us one of the best comic book movies ever! Now we have Deadpool 2, which is arguably one of the most anticipated movie sequels this year.
The story picks up after the events of the first Deadpool movie when Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), a mercenary diagnosed with cancer, desperately decides to take on an experimental program that might cure his cancer. Unfortunately, the experiment leaves him with an ugly avocado-looking face and a strong healing factor that eventually transforms Wade into a vigilante known as Deadpool. But now in Deadpool 2, a mutant kid named Russell (Julian Dennison) needs his help because he is being hunted down by the time-traveling Cable (Josh Brolin). In order to stop him, the Merc with a Mouth forms his own team titled the X-Force, and that’s pretty much the gist of Deadpool 2.
Let’s start off the review by mentioning the fact that it’s always hard for a sequel to live up to the greatness of its previous instalment. Granted, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Dark Knight, and Spider-Man 2 are rare examples of great comic book movie sequels. Usually, filmmakers think the concept of “bigger is better” is enough when it comes to making a sequel. Narratively, the first film is a lot more cohesive, while Deadpool 2’s story feels messy at times. Also, some of the supporting characters that you loved in the first movie kind of get left in the background.
Ryan Reynolds continues to impress moviegoers as the Merc with a Mouth. He’s so likeable, and he’s such a loveable goofball. After playing the disastrous fake Deadpool in Origins: Wolverine and the annoying Green Lantern, he finally gets the role that perfectly defines his acting career. Since he’s playing a character known for breaking the forth wall and being so unapologetically crude with his meta-humor, it’s great that Reynolds is not worried about making fun of Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern.
However, people will notice right away that Tim Miller didn’t come back to direct this instalment of the franchise. It’s directed by David Leitch, known for John Wick and Atomic Blonde, and he does a great job taking the film’s R Rating to a whole new and hardcore level. Just to be clear, this movie isn’t for kids! Yes, it takes place in the X-Men universe, but let’s not forget how it’s rated. The film is very stylish with its blood and gore, and the violence is very intense in a good way. It’s just cool seeing Deadpool slicing people with his katanas on the big screen.
Admittedly, it’s not as great as the first Deadpool movie, but it’s still a really entertaining time at the movie theatre. If you’re a huge fan of the character, you will most certainly have fun with it. Deadpool 2 shows why R-rated comic book movies are here to stay, and it’s not afraid to offend some moviegoers out there. Also, stay for the post-credits scene, it’s the best part of the film.
Deadpool 2 is now playing in theatres.