Release: May 18, 2018
Director: David Leitch
Writers: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Ryan Reynolds
Starring: Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, Josh Brolin as Cable, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Zazie Beetz as Domino, and Julian Dennison as Russell Collins/Firefist
Running time: 119 minutes
Warning: Reviews Contain Spoilers
Deadpool 2 suffers from the same problems befalling a lot of the current crop of action blockbusters: It’s tone is too dissonant, too many attempted jokes that fall flat, and bloat. It’s an entertaining, and sometimes funny, 90 minute movie buried in an unfocused and mediocre 2 hour film. On the one hand, it seems the filmmakers want to portray wade as a broken and miserable character in the wake of the recent death of his girlfriend, but nearly every serious moment is broken by a joke. The shifts are often very jarring and detract from the film’s overall enjoyability. While I understand that breaking the fourth wall is a trademark of the titular character, here it is done too much. The jokes often fall flat and bits run for far too long. It makes the reference to Gerry Duggan in the film very appropriate, as the humour often calls to mind his god awful portrayal of the character in the pages of some of the more recent Marvel comic books. Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, and Julian Dennison all turn out decent performances in their respective roles, even if the material they’re working with often comes across as a C tier by a B tier comic book creative team. The inclusion of the sequence with Shatterstar, Bedlam, and Vanisher serves no overall narrative purpose and only bloats the film. Deadpool 2 could have also done with a better villain. One good one would have gone much farther than the two mediocre ones here. The headmaster isn’t particularly memorable, and the C grade CGI used for Juggernaut does the film no favours. Also, I have to ask what purpose Negasonic Teenage Warhead served in this movie. She doesn’t really do much, she’s just sort of there. No doubt a consequence of the filmmakers’ bloated 10 pounds of fertilizer in a 2 pound bag approach. Deadpool 2 can be entertaining, but it doesn’t really have the same sort of impact that the first flick did. When it manages to maintain focus, it’s essentially more of the same. So, if you liked the first one, you’ll likely enjoy this one. However, you’ll probably enjoy it markedly less. The novelty of a superhero movie using dirty language ad infinitum just doesn’t go as far this time around. The action sequences do look good though, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the director, and most instances of bodily carnage in the film are rendered well.