So I’m going on a tear at Disney+ so I can drop it, and I discovered DEADPOOL 2 popping up. I had a lot of fun with the first one, so I jumped right on it. As a sequel, it’s just as fun if not more so than the original.
In the sequel, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds being Ryan Reynolds and having fun every minute of it) loses everything he loves, and finds to earn peace he must do something good and unselfish. Along comes Russell, an angry teen mutant tortured at a research center who wants revenge and is the target of Cable (Josh Brolin being an awesome straight man to Reynolds’ shtick), a soldier from the future who wants to kill Russell because the kid is going to become a monster. It’s on Deadpool to do the right thing and get the kid on the right path.
I’m not a huge fan of the Marvel formula of a protagonist who constantly wisecracks his way through everything and otherwise offers a wish fulfillment fantasy. It’s entertaining, but if I knew these guys in real life, I’d probably find them exhausting. Despite being a little grating at times, Reynolds pulls it off, though, irreverent and self aware and keeping it light and fun for the most part. There are four elements in DEADPOOL 2 I found a fantastic addition: Deadpool assembling his own superhero team, who meet a hysterical fate; Zazie Beetz’s Domino, a hero whose superpower is being lucky; Brolin’s Cable, an unstoppable Terminator figure on a noble mission of murder and revenge; and Russell’s teamup with Juggernaut (voiced by Reynolds).
And that’s it, that’s the review. DEADPOOL 2 ain’t deep, it’s just good fun, and this sequel brings in plenty of terrific new elements to keep the party going.