View from the Vault: Deadpool 2 Review
Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is back, and better than ever, in this raunchy sequel to the hugely successful, record breaking, 2016 movie. You’re reading GeekVault’s review of Deadpool 2. So first things first if you’re a lover of Deadpool the movie you’re going to enjoy this sequel, if you weren’t a fan it’s best to back off and stay away because this is more of the same, just a little bigger and better. Ourselves here at GeekVault highly enjoyed this one. All of the humour, the action and the reference’s have been stepped up a notch.
So the story goes… Deadpool has been the merc with a mouth successfully running around killing bad guys for the past two years. Shacked up with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and occasionally kicking it with the X-Men, mainly Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus. When they run into Russel (Julian Dennison), a kid down on his luck, even more so now Cable (Josh Brolin) a mutant from the future has come back in time to kill him. It’s down to Deadpool, his new X-Force team and friends to stop Cable and save Russell.
First Wall: Spoiler Free!
Deadpool 2 is a barrel full of laughs and action, with a bigger budget they decided to up the ante, with great effect too. Now with director David Leitch, of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame, it shows that they wanted to increase the action scene stakes. Right from the get go with a brilliant mercenary montage we get to see some of DP’s greatest hits of the past couple of years. The whole thing looks fantastic and it’s easy to see where Leitch’s experience has come in to play. This is another great film to go under Leitch’s belt.
Not only has the action been stepped up but the humour and the references too. Obviously feeling the pressure from the success of the first film they wanted to recapture that popularity with even more laughs. Deadpool 2 achieves this with bigger gags and more fourth wall breaking, addressing the success of the first movie. They were able to fit in more references and greater cameos. Including more snipes at the Reynolds’ X-Men Origins Deadpool and Green Lantern movie. Let it be said not all jokes are rib-crackers and if you weren’t a fan of the first one you probably won’t be a fan of this one.
Of course one of the best parts of Deadpool were the side characters. All your favourites return including Blind Al and Dopinder. Then we got some even greater new side-characters. They were all great but of course they all need screen time. Thus we didn’t get to spend as much time with returning characters as we’d have liked to. Overall however it’s a well balanced action comedy superhero film that any Deadpool fan will love. So definitely go check it out if you haven’t already.
Second Wall: Spoiler Time!
So presumably you’re reading this as you have already seen the film or you just don’t care about movie spoilers. Otherwise turn back now!
So I loved all the cameos and what they did with X-Force, although it’s a little bitter sweet. I would have loved to seen some Terry Crews Bedlam action, with Zeitgeist and Shatterstar kicking arse. Plus watching Peter and Vanisher fight would have been pretty funny, it’s a little disappointing but it’s hard to be disappointed. As soon as Bedlam crashed into that bus everybody laughed. It was a big payoff. Of course if you’d blinked you’d have missed Brad Pitt getting burnt alive on electric wires as the Vanisher. Some cameo’s that might not be as easy to recognise were Alan Tudyk and Matt Damon, as the couple of rednecks who get there van stolen and tasered by Cable when he first appears back in time, Terminator style.
It was fun to see the young X-Men, however little it made sense for them to appear in 2018. At this point you can throw X-Men timelines to the wind. However I think I would have preferred the original cast more. For the big one, no pun intended, and my personal favourite, Juggernaut! Who was voiced by none other than Ryan Reynolds. It was just so good to see a properly done Juggernaut, however little he actually had to do in the film. I would love to see him back. Along with Big Jugs came my own personal favourite joke when Deadpool tried to do the MCU Hulk lullaby on him.
Third Wall: Sucked Balls?
OK so the story wasn’t the best or most original thing out there. Now the first one was no mind blower but it felt original in it’s approach. Deadpool 2 however could have benefited a little if they even just addressed how cliched the story was. Even killing Vanessa wasn’t as hard edged as if they had just split up or gone separate ways. Though it’s hard to complain with it all wrapped up neatly, with a little bow on it… So it’s not the most original story but you don’t watch Deadpool for story, you watch for laughs and violence both of which they deliver plenty on.
The other complaint that a few have picked up on is that they don’t really have a main villain for this film. For the first half the villain is arguably Cable, Terminator style. Half way through it’s flipped and Russell and the Juggernaut are the villains. However Juggernaut doesn’t do much villainy and Russell just needs saving from himself. The true villain you’d say is Essex house, a little nod to Mr. Sinister, the mutant correctional facility Russell is growing up in.
It would have been nice had they hinted toward some more Sinister roots to the antithesis of the Xavier school, but it’s all passed over in favour of saving Russell. They also cram in that Domino was raised there, before she fights some orderlies. It would have worked better had there been a right hand to the school principal that Domino could have fought instead. However I guess not everything needs to be an end of the world situation. Just a few things could have been touched up here and there.
Fourth Wall: Break It Down.
Deadpool continues to be great and show how strong it is as a franchise. Realistically these movies can last as long as any other property, as long as audiences don’t get tired. Along with pushing for better quality movies all round. As they rightfully pointed out, without Deadpool there would be no Logan, and that would have been a loss. We all want to eventually see a complete harmonious Marvel movie universe franchise, with the merging of Fox and Disney we’re closer than ever. Deadpool would be the character to really bridge the gap between old and new. Deadpool 2 was great fun, nothing too serious, heartfelt at moments, with awesome action and lots of laughs. Not be missed by any fan, it would certainly put a smile on your face. Here’s to number 3.