Cert: 15 Runtime: 119 mins Director: David Leitch Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand and Leslie Uggams
Doing the right thing is messy. You want to fight for what’s right, sometimes you have to fight dirty.
Deadpool was the little movie that could, it broke barriers, made you laugh and re-ignited Ryan Reynold’s career. The global success of the film immediately gave us a sequel. For me it was such an un-conventional comic book movie with a great indie feel. Going into Deadpool 2 it seemed like it had upped the anti, but is is just as good or better? What is Deadpool 2 about you ask? After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
The first Deadpool feels like an indie gem compared to this over-juiced studio film. It lacks the randomness and charm of the first. David Leitch attempts to give Deadpool 2 more soul and meaning and it doesn’t hit home. It tries to hard to be ironic and spontaneous, you can feel the forced sarcasm oozing through out it. For a two hour film it does speed through quite fast, with some very fast paced action and the usual dodgy CGI. The essence of Deadpool is it’s humour, during my screening you could only here a few chuckles throughout. The lack of natural improvised humour was Deadpool 2 downfall and rightly so. Ryan Reynolds gives a decent performance as Wade/Deadpool but his charm an charisma can only go as far. Josh Brolin’s Cable was severely underdeveloped and during Avengers he was Thanos, but here he was just Josh Brolin with a bionic arm. The two stand out performances had to be Zazie Beetz as Domino and Julian Dennison as Russell. They had great charisma and charm and I would hope to see more of them in the impending third film. Deadpool 2 will strike it big at the box office and it’s target audience, but the spark has gone for me.