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Movie Review: “Deadpool 2”

There are many movies that are worth seeing, but there are a lot of stinkers as well. My goal here is to weed out the good from the bad.

Deadpool 2

Theatrical Release: 5/18/2018

Theatrical Release: 5/18/2018

Synopsis

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is trying to find his place as a superhero while balancing his romantic life with Vanessa (Moreno Baccarin). In joining the X-Men as a trainee, Wade tries to subdue a young powerful mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison), who is causing chaos at his school. Wade is trying to be a better hero, one who does not kill, and one that his girlfriend would be proud of. He needs to save this boy before someone gets hurt, but he soon learns that he is not the only one with his sights set on the boy, as there is also a time-traveling mutant trying to kill him.

Cable (Josh Brolin) has come from the future, a future in which Russell has become a mass murdering evil mutant. Cable is now on a mission to find and kill the boy in 2018, before he ever gets the chance to hurt someone. Cable believes the boy is beyond help, while Deadpool believes the boy can be saved and set on a better path. However, Cable is not ready for a discussion on the matter. He comes from a future that he needs to set right, so Russell's only hope is for Deadpool to get to him before Cable does.

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The Pros & Cons

All movies start with an average score of 75pts, points are then awarded for each Pro and taken away for each Con. Each Pro or Con is designated points ranging from 0-10 allowing me to convey to you how significant these Pros or Cons are.

The ProsThe Cons

Deadpool (+8pts)

Vanessa (-4pts)

Domino & X-Force (+6pts)

ICE Collars (-2pts)

Cable & Russell (+6pts)

The Time Travel Paradox (-4pts)

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Pro: Deadpool (+8pts)

If you liked the extreme violence and unique comedic style from Deadpool in the first movie, then you will be a fan of this movie as well. This movie does not “raise the bar” when with respect to this character, but it definitely delivered more of what we loved from the first movie. The action was bloody, and gruesome, but it was the comedy from the first movie that will have audiences coming back for more.

Fortunately, I thought the filmmakers kept the comedy on par with what audiences will expect after seeing the first movie. This character is profane, he is witty, and he never takes anything too seriously. The jokes in this movie came fast and they did not let up until the credits started rolling. I would like to give examples, but will refrain to avoid spoilers. What I can say is that—when compared to Deadpool—this movie was more of the same in the best way possible. The action was awesome and the comedy had me laughing from beginning to end.

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Con: Vanessa (-4pts)

There was a lot about this sequel that I liked a lot, but I felt that the filmmakers struggled with what to do with Vanessa. In the first movie, Morena Baccarin’s character was kidnapped and was the focal point of the movie. In the sequel, the filmmakers were kind of stuck. If they just had her kidnapped again, the plot would feel redundant. However, there was nothing ”super“ about the character, so it was not like she could help much, and the filmmakers clearly wanted Deadpool doing other things.

The filmmakers did not really have a place for her in this story, and the filmmakers could not just break them up, because then the first movie would have felt like it was all for nothing. The direction that the filmmakers went in worked well in the beginning of the movie, but they kept coming back to this character, over and over again, without really adding anything new each time. This did nothing, but interrupt the pacing of the story. Every one of her scenes felt like unnecessary filler, and audiences will just be wishing that the story would move on. Vanessa was a necessary character in the first movie, but the filmmakers dropped the ball with her in the sequel.

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Pro: Domino & X-Force (+6pts)

When I saw the big X-Force presence in the trailers, I will not lie, I was concerned. I feared that by introducing too many characters, the filmmakers would take focus away from Deadpool, and the sequel would lose some of what made the first movie so great. I will not give away why, but i will say that you do not need to worry if you shared my concerns. The X-Force were a lot of fun and they did not distract from Deadpool at all.

The X-Force recruitment process was pretty entertaining and the sky-diving scene was an absolute comedic blast, but Domino was definitely the standout of this group. The concept of luck being a superpower was one that the filmmakers played with throughout the movie. This provided for some unique comedy and some awesome action sequences. Nothing bad could happen to this character and she knew it. She was so lucky that she was fearless, and she was also a badass who had fun chemistry with Deadpool. We saw a lot of this character, and it was all awesome, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing more of her in the future.

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Con: Mutant Collars (-2pts)

The mutant collars were a blatant plot device if I have ever seen one. Deadpool has mutant healing, which means he can survive virtually anything that happens to him. He was also fully aware that he could be killed, which makes hi fearless and removes the fear of death that audiences might feel toward the protagonist. How does a movie make its protagonist appear vulnerable when they are seemingly immortal? The mutant collars were the filmmaker's solution to that problem.

These collars were a restraint device used to nullify the mutant abilities of the mutants who wore them. In the case of Deadpool, his healing factor was gone. This felt like lazy writing. Whenever the writers wanted Deadpool to seem vulnerable, the collar ended up around his neck. As soon as Deadpool having his powers was more convenient for the writers, they wrote the collars off. I liked the concept of these collars, but they were only introduced in this movie, which made them feel too convenient for the story, and they only seemed to pop-up when it was easier for the writers for Deadpool not to have his powers. The whole thing could have been interesting, but it really just felt like lazy writing.

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Pro: Cable & Russell (+6pts)

Have you ever thought about the concept of nature versus nurture? Have you ever thought about what you would do if you could go back in time to when Hitler was a child? That was essentially the plot of this movie. Cable was a time-traveling mutant from the future. In that future, Russell was a mass murdering mutant, so Cable went back in time to when Russell was a child, which just so happens to be present day.

Cable was a no-nonsense, time-traveling, mutant soldier who aimed to kill Russell in present day. Deadpool believed Russell‘s future was not set in stone and that he could be raised to be better than he was in Cable’s timeline. Basically, Cable believed in nature, while Deadpool believed in nurture. Both characters were trying to save lives and both characters were desperate to stop the other as they each strongly believed that the other was wrong. To both characters, letting the other succeed would result in the loss of innocent lives. The whole thing was so interesting, because while most will agree with Deadpool, audiences will completely understand where Cable was coming from, and this made for an interesting clash between two powerful mutants.

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Con: The Time Travel Paradox (-4pts)

Time travel can be a messy concept for filmmakers to take on, because of the time travel paradox. If an event occurs that causes a character to go back in time and prevent it, does that event still occur? If the character was successful in stopping said event, nothing would have made him go back in-time to stop the event in the first place. The problem with a plot that centers around time travel is that the writers need to be addressing all of these questions, but more often than not, lazy writers make up their own—extremely convenient—time traveling rules to avoid addressing that paradox.

Rather than fleshing out the story and addressing the time traveling paradox, the filmmakers of this movie resorted to lazy writing. Why could Cable not go back in time as many times as he wanted? The answer was lazy writing—even if Deadpool commented on it. How did the characters know if they had any impact on the future? More lazy writing. It seemed that time travel was necessary to introduce Cable, but the writers used it as one big plot device that was used whenever they needed one, and the filmmakers ignored the whole concept when it was convenient for them to do so. The writers clearly did not have as much time to work on the sequel as they did with the original, and how poorly they handled the concept of time travel was proof of that.

Grading Scale

GradeCategoryPoints

A+

Amazing

95-100

A-

Great

90-94

B+

Good

85-89

B-

Decent

80-84

C+

Average

75-79

C-

Watchable

70-74

D+

Bad

65-69

D-

Terrible

60-64

F

Garbage

45-59

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Grade: B+ (85pts)

Deadpool 2 had a lot to live up to. It came out just weeks after Avengers: Infinity War and it had high expectations after the high praise of the first movie in 2016. The bar was set high, but fortunately, the sequel delivered the movie that audiences were hoping for. It would be inaccurate for me to say this movie was better or worse than the first, but Deadpool 2 was definitely on-par with its predecessor. If you liked the comedy and the violent action of the first movie, then you will enjoy yourself in this one. Deadpool 2 had the same comedic style and graphic violence that we loved two years ago, but this movie took it up a notch by introducing new mutants.

Domino was a cool, badass, female character that I definitely want to see more of. Then the introduction of Cable and Russell gave a storyline that was basically like going back in time to kill a mutant Hitler. It was a unique story and the dynamic between Deadpool and Cable was fun to see on-screen. We had the incredibly efficient time-traveling mutant soldier ready to kill anyone in his way, but we also had the loose cannon who did not take anything seriously and literally could not be killed. The movie suffered from some lazy writing—with respect to how the writers used time travel and the mutant collars—but most audiences will look past these relatively minor issues. At the end of the day, this movie had its plot issues, but it was a fun, action packed, comedy featuring our favorite Rated-R superhero.