Gareth Barsby is a graduate of the University of Chester who writes many short stories, poems and reviews.
Deadpool 2 is the triumphant return of the Ryan Reynolds-played “merc with a mouth”. More than any character in a live-action superhero movie, Deadpool is a living cartoon character, doing ludicrous stunts while almost every sentence from his mouth is a pop culture reference or a joke about the film itself. What’s surprising about the Deadpool movies isn’t that the title character is like this, but that Reynolds makes the character work. Deadpool is more than just a crude joke machine: he’s likeable, enjoyable and even sympathetic.
After the death of his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), Deadpool is reunited with his old X-Men acquaintances Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and through them learns about a mutant child Russell (Julian Dennison) who is being hunted by a cyborg from the future called Cable (Josh Brolin in his second Marvel-related role this year, which does not go unnoticed by Deadpool). Deadpool, joined by the extremely lucky Domino (Zazie Beetz), now must protect the child, though there may be a good reason for Cable to hunt him.
Last month’s Avengers: Infinity War was a good film but it sadly wasn’t as epic or spectacular as it thought it was. Deadpool 2, I found to be a much better time at the cinema; all it aims for is to have some fun and it accomplishes that and then some. It knows how many superhero movies are popping up in the theatres, and has some fun at their expense. Not only Marvel movies get poked at, but Deadpool even gets to say “I’m Batman” and references a certain scene from Batman v Superman. None of these pokes feel mean or forced, but are just part of the fun.
Another big part of the fun to be had is in the action scenes, which are just as exciting and well-choreographed as any entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The special effects look fantastic as well, with the more bizarre characters and superpowers looking natural and realistic, and even helping to add to the humour – the best example of special effects and humour working in tandem is what happens to Deadpool when he loses his legs in a battle. The special effects do nothing to hurt the characters – with Colossus being a giant metal man, yet one of the most likeable characters.
Indeed, though this may be Deadpool’s movie, with almost every one of his lines being well-timed and hilarious, but the other characters, from major to minor, all get their little chance to shine. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are just as enjoyable as they were in the first film and Brolin and Beetz being welcome additions.
Deadpool 2 is magnificent fun. Like last year’s Lego Batman Movie, it seamlessly blends humour, action, comic book tribute and even emotion and drama. It is also has what is probably the best after-credits sequence in any Marvel movie.