After the surprising but very successful first film “Deadpool,” it wasn’t really a shocker when it was announced that a sequel was in the making.
“Deadpool 2” premiered in theaters this weekend and it didn’t disappoint. With Rotten Tomatoes giving the movie an 83% certified fresh rating, it should mean to audiences that it’s a must see.
Ryan Reynolds is back to portray the infamous, fourth-wall-breaking-character who has shown time and time again that he is a force to be reckoned with.
The film already has received a lot of buzz thanks to their genius marketing ploys that included Deadpool’s face photoshopped on various DVD copies of “X-Men,” “The Terminator,” and “Predator.”
The sequel picked up where it left off from the first film and it serves as great second act into the life of Wade Wilson, a.k.a Deadpool.
Deadpool is still living the life of a mercenary, but he has risen to be an international mercenary, chasing and killing off crime lords and gang members.
However, after all a long day at “work” we find out that Deadpool is living with his wife, Vanessa, (Morena Baccarin) and the two are in a very loving and happy relationship, which means for a mercenary like Deadpool something is bound to go wrong, and it does.
Feeling guilt and remorse for what happened to his wife, he seeks out resolution is various ways. From self harm, to visiting old friends, to finally accepting the help from his long time friend, biggest rooter of good and the X-Men, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic).
Colossus brings Deadpool back to the X-Mansion where we see he tries to talk some sense into him and convince him to stop self-hating and use his powers for good, like the X-Men.
Deadpool runs into Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), the teenager with a major attitude that helped him in his last battle, and she is still the same but this time she has a girlfriend, Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) much to his surprise and praise.
After a long and seemingly helpful talk from Colossus, he becomes convinced that in becoming a superhero he will find a new purpose.
Jokingly referred to as an “X-Men trainee” he finds himself helping a powerful young boy known as Firefist (Julian Dennison), who is out for vengeance against the headmaster (Eddie Marsan) of the orphanage home for mutants he has been living at.
Deadpool figures out the real reason behind the boy’s actions and tries to help him, in the most Deadpool way, but they both end up in a prison where they are temporally stripped of their powers.
To add to their misery, a futuristic war-torn mutant named Cable (Josh Brolin) comes back in time to look for Firefist who is directly linked to a tragedy in Cables life.
While the film plays around with the idea that it’s a “family movie,” one should be very cautious if they do intend to bring their kids to watch the film as it is definitely not for children.
While watching the film one can really see and appreciate the work the writers did while making this film as they weren’t scared to be bold.
They really embraced what made the first film work and brought it back to the second but added more depth into Deadpool’s world.
All the characters in the film were perfectly cast. Ryan Reynolds never missed a beat on the character he brought to life. Julian Dennison gave an emotional performance of a hurt and misunderstood young boy, while Josh Brolin did an absolutely great job really bringing to life a fan favorite.
Enough can’t be said about Domino, (Zazie Beetz), the very “lucky” girl that Deadpool brings in as a new member of his team, the X-Force. She was able to keep up with Deadpool in just about everything that he did and used her “superpower” against all odds.
The LGBTQ aspect of the film was great and refreshing to see in a comic book film. The relationship between Negasonic and Yukio was a real accomplishment and it was great to see a different kind of superhero being represented in the ever-expanding world that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film is filled with gratuitous violent action, drama, and extremely funny one-liners. The film didn’t miss a chance at poking fun at not only the immediate cast but to both DC and Marvel’s extended universe. Audiences were treated with not one, but five post credits scenes that was just the cherry on top of a great film.