Directed by: David Leitch
Fresh off the mixed bag that was Avengers: Infinity War and going up against the latest regurgitation from Disney for a standalone Star Wars film, Deadpool had only one job to do and that was entertain. This film does it in spades, serving up not only issues with the Marvel Superhero films, but also giving the DC films their fair shots. The writers did a great job cramming in so many Easter eggs and references galore, that it feels like it is a film with Attention Deficit Disorder! The director has worked on John Wick and Atomic Blonde and has an extensive stunt coordinator background which shows in how well he captures action in this film. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese worked on Zombieland which is infused with the same vein of humor as Deadpool. Then you have the fantastic Ryan Reynolds who is not only credited with acting in the film, but also serves as Executive Producer and Writer, as well as being heavily involved in the press and marketing campaign for the Deadpool films. This perhaps is what makes Deadpool unique from other superhero films. The fact they got Celine Dion to do a song for the film, and there are appearances by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt in ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ scenes really elevates this film into a league of its own. This film is another example of how to ‘Write a Movie RIGHT’.
Here come the spoilers.
The first Deadpool film was essentially a love story. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, boy gets cancer and then turns into an immortal killing machine. This time around, the sequel benefits from the first film’s smash success at the box office and is rewarded with a much larger budget to work with and it clearly shows here. This film starts off with the statement that this is a family film, which is actually true. Wade Wilson (Deadpool) is still in action going around the world assassinating bad guys with style and humor. Upon coming home to his girlfriend and them deciding to take their relationship to the next level of having a baby, hit men come to his apartment. Through the foray of things, his girlfriend gets shot and this sets off the film’s path of him dealing with her loss. We see Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are back, and we get the pseudo antagonist of Cable. Cable is a soldier with a cybernetic arm who has traveled from the future to avenge his family’s murders at the hands of Russel Collins aka Firefist. In the future, Firefist is a bad guy, but in current day he is a troubled teenager who is being abused at a mutant re-education center. Deadpool sees the boy is being abused and takes action that lands them both in the icebox (a prison for mutants). Cable breaks into the prison to eliminate Russell and change his future, but Deadpool stops him.
Russell evades death time and again, and befriends Juggernaut to help him escape and to kill the headmaster at the center who abused him. The prisoner transfer sequence is noteworthy for all of the setup of Deadpool’s team of superheroes named X-Force. We get quick introductions to each X-Force member to include a hilarious portrayal of Vanisher (Brad Pitt), Peter, a regular guy who showed up with no super powers, and Domino whose contested superpower is luck. The team’s first mission fails – to hilarious effect – and is perhaps the funniest sequence in the entire film, next to Deadpool’s purposefully overdramatic death scene. The team fails to stop Russell and Juggernaut and Deadpool gets torn in half physically and emotionally.
While gathering with his friends to discuss what to do next, Cable makes a peace offer to Deadpool to join forces to stop Russell from killing the headmaster as it is determined this event is what sets Russell off on a path of villainy. They intercept them at the center and we get an epic series of fight sequences that really showcase the director’s eye for capturing action scenes. The writing crams in as many one liners as possible while moving the action forward to the climactic scene and, if there was any justice in the world, Ryan Reynolds would earn an Oscar nomination for this brilliance. The film wraps with its earlier statement of this being a family film and it rings true.
Stay for the end credits scenes which are epic. Solid writing here makes a solid film worth watching and enjoying again and again. Deadpool 2 is smart, self-serving and subversive writing on full display for other superhero films to take notes.
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