Deadpool 2 – Film Review

Rating: 3.5 stars

What’s it about?

Deadpool 2 is a sequel to the 2016 breakout hit Deadpool and is directed by David Leitch. It stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz and T.J.Miller among others.

Coping with his own personal demons, Wade Wilson aka Deadpool unwittingly finds himself facing off against Cable, a powerful mutant who has time travelled from the future to kill a young mutant in order to save the future that he comes from. With the odds stacked against him, Deadpool must form a team to combat Cable and save the teenager while ensuring that the future is safe. How he manages to do all this is what the film is about.

What’s Good

Much like the first film, this one also has a bucket load of humor in it. It also has a unique opening credit sequence like the first one. What it does better than the first Deadpool is that it has some good character development for the character of Wade Wilson. For half of the film he is Wade Wilson and not Deadpool, dealing with his life choices and growing as a character, and this works in favor of the film. The action in the film is very good, though not as innovative as the first film. However the action set pieces are definitely much bigger and more cinematic. Also this film has the best end credit sequence in a comic book film!

What’s Not

One of the problems that the film has is that it does not have enough Cable in it. We don’t get to know who he is, or what his power set is, or why he has half a mechanical body. The film could have done a better job in fleshing out his character as that would have had a better impact on the story. Another minor quibble is that for all the hype generated by the creation of the X Force, they are used very, very sparingly in the film.

Performances

Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool. With his killer looks and unique brand of humor, he is the heart and soul of the film. He will be remembered all his life for this role. Josh Brolin is good as Cable, but he does not have much to do other than to be grumpy and angry. Zazie Beetz as Domino is good and brings an assured confidence to her role. Julian Dennison is hilarious and vulnerable at the same time as a kid who has been abused all his life. Rest of the cast are good in their respective roles.

Final Word

A laugh riot and a worthy sequel, this film is a must watch for all Deadpool fans.


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