Directed by: David Leitch
Runtime: 119 minutes
The first Deadpool was a risk that gloriously paid off. After years of fan-based begging, we finally got to see the irreverent hero on screen—complete with fourth-wall breaking and a shiny R-rating. I went to see the film on Valentine’s Day, fuelled by some ingenious marketing and cult buzz. Two years later, Deadpool is one of the world’s most popular superheroes. The preview screening that I attended was full to the brim with a menagerie of different people—some wearing themed t-shirts, others wearing a shirt and tie. This morning, I was listening to a group of middle-aged radio presenters singing its praises. Deadpool, it turns out, has connected with the masses.
Reviewing this film is difficult as it is almost above any criticism. Not because it is a cinematic masterpiece by any means, but because it is so self-aware that I can imagine Deadpool himself reading this review and riffing on it. The entire film is littered with an ‘I don’t give a shit’ attitude, and for the most part, it really works. It would be hard to go into this film and not end up having a good time (unless, of course, you are offended by violence, sexual references, swears, or other nefarious content). This film will essentially prod you and poke you until you DO enjoy it.
Really, if you are walking into the cinema to see Deadpool, you will be happy. You GET Deadpool. The sequel is frantic, hilarious and does its darnedest to earn its rating. There are some killer cameos, hilarious surprises, and a fantastic mid-credits scene (there is nothing at the end. Don’t wait). I could argue they pack too much into one movie to give everything an adequate amount of time but, to be honest, the film really doesn’t seem to care too much about character study or intense dramatic moments. It’s just plain fun.
Josh Brolin is awesome, as always. Ryan Reynolds does well as… let’s be honest, himself. Julian Dennison from Hunt for the Wilderpeople fame does well for his first blockbuster picture. A highlight was Zazie Beets’ Domino, a female superhero who is the epitome of badassery with a superpower that turns out to be incredibly cinematic. Really, this is an all-around good time, led by a cast who seemed like they were having the times of their lives.
Who knows what is next for Deadpool, with the Disney-Fox merger on the horizon and a slew of X-Men themed films still on the ticket for the coming years. One thing I will say is hype for this accidental crowd-pleaser isn’t going to die down soon. This sequel may have given us more of the same, but when the initial feature is that awesome, it is a great achievement to recapture some of that blood-soaked magic.