Film Review: Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is vulgar, violent, gory, and one of the most entertaining superhero sequels available.

Continuing the same formula as the first film, Deadpool 2 is a wild ride riddled with bullets and juvenile humor. Of course, any diehard Deadpool fan would tell you that they expect nothing less from this character.

Balancing insane humor and bittersweet dramatic pieces, this film attempts to add some much needed emotional depth to Wade Wilson. Having to deal with the death of his true love, and learning to be selfless and protective, Wade truly grows in certain areas. When tasked with saving a young mutant from the time traveling assassin Cable, Deadpool learns that his life can have more meaning than that of a mercenary.

Of course, this added drama doesn’t detract from what makes the Deadpool films so much fun: the over the top vulgar humor. Whether he is cracking one liners and jokes with his onscreen teammates or utilizing his mutant powers in hilariously slapstick ways, fans can guarantee that they will experience one intense belly laugh during this film.

Although the film is hilarious and fun, it also contains flaws. I personally felt that Cable was underutilized, and was presented in such a simplistic way that at times he came off as an inferior Terminator impersonator. Also, the plot was reminiscent of the Terminator films in that the premise of a cyborg time travelling to stop a potential future threat seemed derivative. Anytime Deadpool was not on screen, the film suffered.

However, that can also be seen as a testament to the superb job actor Ryan Reynold in his portrayal of Deadpool. At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Reynolds was born to play this character. His quick wit and delivery are tailor made for Deadpool, and show why he should stick to playing Wade Wilson. This will more than likely be a huge franchise with the addition of more X-Men characters and villains for Deadpool to annoy and fight.

Overall, this was quite an enjoyable film despite the less than stellar plot and the misuse of Cable. Though this film wont have the emotional weight of other 2018 superhero films like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 is still worth watching and will definitely have fans laughing and cheering.

Verdict: 7/10 – The mishandling of Cable and the recycled plot prevent an otherwise good film from being perfect.

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