I watched Deadpool 2 on Wednesday for the first time – I was abroad when it was released in cinemas. Here follows my review. WARNING – SPOILERS AHEAD.
I had heard mixed reviews going into it. Some people loved it, others didn’t. I kept an open mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the first Deadpool film, but we’re all well aware of how sequels rarely match up to the standards set by the predecessors. With this one, it’s not as good as the first film, but it was still very funny and a good watch.
The film picks up shortly after where the first one left off: Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool is superhero (antihero?) running out criminal gangs in his domain. Shortly into the film, he suffers a devastating loss at the hands of one particular criminal he’s been hunting down, in the form of Vanessa being killed. This causes him to lose the will to live, and so begins a sequence of suicide attempts. All failures, of course. He is later taken to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters by everyone’s favourite metal Russian, Colossus. We meet Negasonic Teenage Warhead once again, and this time she has a girlfriend. We also get a brief glimpse of Fox’s attempt to bridge the gap between these films and the ongoing X-Men franchise, in very good humour.
Deadpool makes an attempt to better himself and become an X-Man, but is taken on a mission to intercept a mutant causing chaos at a corrective institution. His name is Russell, and he’s played by Julian Dennison, a young New Zealander famous for his starring role in Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (go watch it if you haven’t already). In short, Deadpool falls back on his old ways and is arrested alongside Russell before being taken to a mutant prison.
As the film moves on, we’re introduced to Cable. Whilst I loved Josh Brolin’s performance, it wasn’t the Cable I know from the X-Men comics. There is no indication he’s a mutant, or any relation to the Summers family. He comes across as a badass android with a time-travel watch. To be honest, this was fine with me. I have no issue with modern interpretations of characters swaying from the original mould, as long as it doesn’t insult the source material.
This film also introduces us to X-Force. Avid Marvel fans will recognise that term as relating to the darker and more adult team of mutants from a spinoff line of comics from the X-Men franchise. Now, X-Force is famous for being headed up by Wolverine; sadly, Hugh Jackman does not make an appearance alongside Ryan Reynolds in this instalment. Well, not until after the credits start rolling… This X-Force is a barrel of laughs though, and does introduce Domino, wonderfully portrayed by Zazie Beetz.
The X-Force is created by Deadpool (he broke out of jail) in an attempt to rescue Russell, who also broke out with the help of Juggernaut (no, not Vinnie Jones). Many people are recruited, and each dies in hilarious circumstances. All except Domino, unsurprisingly. She is lucky, after all. Cable, on the other hand, has come back from the future to kill Russell, due to him being responsible for the death of Cable’s wife and daughter fifty years from now.
The film culminates with a showdown between Colossus and Juggernaut, Cable teaming up with Deadpool and Domino, and Russell being saved before getting a taste of murder, thus preventing the events of the future. Throughout the film, Wade has been having visions of meeting Vanessa in the afterlife, and eventually he dies and goes to heaven to be with her….. only for Cable to alter time and bring him back (dick move).
All in all, it was a very good watch, but doesn’t quite live up to the first film. The mid-credits scenes are fantastic, so make sure you watch them. I strongly suspect there will be a third instalment, but I wonder if we’ll see yet another new mutant. Perhaps Forge? Or Nathan Summers? Time will tell.
I give this film a 7 out of 10. How would you rate it?
Now, if you’ve read through this review and haven’t seem the film, there was clearly a spoiler warning, so more fool you. Don’t send me complaints because I won’t respond.