Greetings and salutations! 2018 brings back a fan-favorite in the world of superhero film with Deadpool 2. The first film brought on such a surprise to film-goers that weren’t very intimately familiar with the anti-hero. I had seen things about him prior to the first film, so that initial shock value was mostly lost with me and I wasn’t able to fully appreciate it with everyone else. That being said, he’s still a very memorable character, and the level of fourth-wall conversations found in the movie are unbelievable and currently unrivaled. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’ll leave that up to you. Let’s go ahead and see what IMDb has to say.
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill 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 flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
There is so much potential when it comes to fourth-wall/self-aware type humor. Because it can go wildly out-of-control, the presentation has to be perfect and on the mark. Thankfully, for the most part, that’s the case here, as there’s plenty of jokes that Reynolds makes about Reynolds, as well as pop culture references to go around. Beyond that, the film actually steps into positive storytelling techniques that makes the movie, in a lot of ways, stronger than the first. The inclusion of X-Force was, without a doubt, a big key in making the movie click in the right way, as was the message on family, and what that means to different people.
As with the first film, I can really appreciate the humor, but I couldn’t always connect with it. There were times I really did and other times where I understood it, but didn’t actually find it in me to laugh. Another issue that came up was finding a good balance. The pace was fine, but the end goal was a bit confusing, since everyone in the movie seemed to have a different plan in mind – which sadly gave me an underwhelming sense that something about the movie was convoluted.
I think I can easily say that the writers were able to identify the things that worked well in the first movie and expanded on it this time around and got rid of some things that didn’t. Another nice thing to see in any sequel is the fact that they added something new, kept it relevant, and mostly kept fans wanting to see more. All around, I believe this is a better, stronger movie and it’s nice to see them have a better idea on what they want to do with the series.
TOTAL SCORE: 90/100
|NARRATIVE ARC SCORE||10|
|Sucks You In||2|
|Specialty 1:||Series – Franchise|
|Specialty 1 Note:|
|Specialty 1 Rating||10|
|Specialty 2:||Series – Sequel|
|Specialty 2 Note:|
|Specialty 2 Rating||10|
|Specialty 3:||Genres – Comedy|
|Specialty 3 Note:|
|Specialty 3 Rating||5|
|Specialty 4:||Concept – Actor Specific|
|Specialty 4 Note:||Ryan Reynolds|
|Specialty 4 Rating||10|
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Science Fiction|
|Possible Awards||Sequel, Visuals, Suprising, Superhero of the Year|