Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, as expected, is a continuously joyous ride full of laughs, actions and all out fun. Now, some of the issues that I had with the first Deadpool film persist; but a better understanding of what liberties they can take, and what budgetary constraints they have (under the guidance of a new, more experienced director), in my opinion, result in a more well-rounded, better constructed film. Deadpool 2 definitely has its faults, but they are faults that I feel can be easily overlooked, if you are happy to continue to accept the oddball world that this universe has established. So, let’s dive deeper into this film and see what it succeeds at, and what it doesn’t, shall we.
Deadpool / Wade Wilson – played by Ryan Reynolds – is back and this time he’s attempting to protect, Russell – played by Julian Dennison – an unstable but powerful mutant who if not protected, will go onto do terrible things in the future. It’s from the future that, Cable – played by Josh Brolin – has come from and is wanting to kill Russell before he becomes the monster who kills without mercy. This is all happening in that very Deadpool way of course, where fourth walls are being broken through and violence is being doled out at an unrelenting pace. So… fun.
So I’ll admit, I wasn’t that enamoured with the first Deadpool movie. I certainly had fun, but it wasn’t ever a film that made an impact on me the way it did for other people. This time round though, things are different. I much preferred Deadpool 2, and had an absolute blast watching it.
I think it’s two factors that played into this being the case: The first being that I went into Deadpool 2 fully knowing what type of experience to expect. To enjoy myself, I’d have to look past the issues that pop-up with a character and a film like Deadpool (something I struggled with in the first film) and I’d have to just let the untameable madness take me where it wanted to go. The second factor was that with how much of a success the first film was, it seems the creative team were free to go where they wanted and do what they wanted and not have there be a line that was uncrossable.
That all resulted in a film and an experience that was a butt ton of fun! I’m confident that I laughed more when watching Deadpool 2. As you can imagine, the film almost never stops attempting to insert a joke into a moment. There are definitely jokes that don’t land, and there are a few lines of dialogue that are pretty bad. But I’d say that the film certainly had more jokes that landed than didn’t.
And of course, being in the cinema surrounded by a generous audience only heightens the fun of the film – as being a part of the communal laughs is such a satisfying experience. Also, when those gross out moments occur, or a particularly risky comment is made; it’s so enjoyable to hear the fun-filled groans travel around the room. When it’s at its best, Deadpool 2 is firing out jokes, having some really entertaining, well shot action sequences (something I’ll be diving deeper into in a moment) and generally just making you a part of a good time.
There are of course some issues with the film – Deadpool 2 is not without faults. And an issue that I had with the first film was again very prominent in this one: That being the films inability to service the more emotionally charged moments. There were some surprising turns in Deadpool 2’s plot and those turns meant that the film had to put its relentless style of humour to one side for a little bit and try to get us to feel something. I’m fine with them trying to do that – to instil a little genuineness into a Deadpool film – but the problem is: any moment of sincerity or heart is immediately trampled over by a joke.
So I’m completely fine with the writers – Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds – attempting to make Deadpool more than just silly humour and fourth wall breaking – to try to explore a more emotional side of the character – but for me it just didn’t work in the grand scheme of things. I could never settle into those moments; I could never feel anything genuine. I knew madness and silliness were around the corner – that the emotionally touching moment was about to be pushed aside and forgotten about, so that all-out chaos could occur. I quickly found myself waiting for those moments to be over with so that I could get back to the fun nonsense of Deadpool. That’s never the case with other films. I seek out and prefer the more meaningful stuff over the big silly action, etc. With Deadpool 2, all I wanted was to get lost in the fun.
I wouldn’t say I was conflicted or felt the shifts in tone to be jarring, because like I said in the beginning: I knew what I was walking into and what to expect. So I found it much easier this time around to just settle into the erratic rhythm of Deadpool.
Another aspect to Deadpool 2 that I found myself really enjoying were the action scenes – primarily the fight scenes. The film clearly benefits from having director, David Leitch at the helm. His experience as a long-time stunt coordinator and also as director of films like John Wick and Atomic Blonde, result in some really meaty fight scenes. Excellent choreography, gruesome executions and shot composition, all meant that everything is clear to see, follow and enjoy – there is no shaky cam or frantic editing to be seen in Deadpool 2, which makes the fights all the more fulfilling to watch.
But Deadpool 2’s smaller budget did see some action scenes pushing the limits of what the film was sometimes capable of. The largest action sequence involving a prisoner transport truck was for the most part good, but there were a few moments of really bad CGI that caused me to recoil slightly. The film’s absolutely at its best when it was keeping the action smaller and more contained – I personally prefer the Deadpool films that way. They don’t need to be world saving events with buildings falling down and CGI creatures laying waste to people. An up-close and personal fight, full of quips and visual humour is all the film ever needs to do.
Deadpool 2 is an interesting one, because on paper it has nothing in it that would make it a film I’d be that stimulated by. There is no meaningful character development – Josh Brolin certainly doesn’t have the same depths to explore with Cable. The most development he did with that character was his ab workout. Pretty much everything I usually look for in a film (which is a list that is more than just character development) isn’t in Deadpool. It all takes a back seat for the joke filled madness of the lead character, and… I’m okay with that. Deadpool 2 is exactly what it wants to be – it doesn’t shy away from being in your face at all times – and if you get on board with that, you’ll have an absolute blast! It’s very much the case of: if you didn’t like the first film, this one won’t do anything to change your mind. But for me, I was smiling from ear-to-ear throughout.
Of course I recommend, Deadpool 2. In a few days I’ll have moved on from thinking about Deadpool 2, but that doesn’t mean my time with it felt underwhelming. I’ll say it again: this film is a whole lot of fun! I highly doubt you’ll come out of it not having laughed a fair few times. When (if) you see it, I hope you enjoy your time with it as much as I did!
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