Holy Maximum Effort, Batman! It is possibly true that a comedy action sequel could be better than its predecessor? In the case of DEADPOOL 2, yes…yes it is. Deadpool 2 is leagues and leagues beyond better than the first film, which honestly, to be truthful, was not that hard of a feat (but we’ll get to the reason why later). This film is laugh out loud hilarious from beginning to end. Consistently funny, with hardly any rough patches in between. The action is better than the first, the jokes are better than the first, and Ryan Reynolds seems to be having a lot more fun and lets loose knowing that the film will probably be a hit no matter what the reviews say (the reviews are actually good and some confirm that yes, their opinions match mine and it is better than the first one. But here’s my controversial statement of the day: the first Deadpool doesn’t really hold up in repeat viewings.
Yeah I know, you are like, “what the fuck Zach? how can you say that?” Well, it is just my opinion. It is completely okay if you are deeply in love with the first movie. Upon my first viewing, I really really liked the film and maybe could call it something as love? But repeat viewings tended to bother me. Not the jokes, the jokes were still good and all the meta humor hits bullseye after bullseye. It was the story and substance that doesn’t hold up. The whole first movie takes place basically around one action set piece, and that action set piece was done before in the test footage that Ryan Reynolds did for Fox awhile ago, which leaking it actually got the movie greenlit from Fox from the overwhelming response from those that viewed it. My problem was, why did they replicate the test footage? They couldn’t have done something new? And honestly, it is fine that they replicated it, however the whole movie revolves around that one scene and keeps going back to it and it gets kind of tiring. Sure, you have a warehouse/bad guy hideout fire naked fight scene at the beginning and the whole docking station/ship climax, but those were really ho-hum and kind of anti climatic. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch the first Deadpool every now and again because I have a lot of friends that love it. It just hasn’t quite held up as much when I first watched it.
Deadpool 2 is a different animal. You get 5 to 6 action set pieces, and every single one of them are better than the first movie. The movie has a better story overall. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it here. I’ll just say that I loved how the story integrated Cable, The X-Force, a story about family (really surprised they didn’t do a Vin Diesel joke about it), and moral obligations. I liked how the movie toyed with your expectations in the trailers and television spots. Kind of like The Last Jedi, this movie doesn’t go the way you think, there are some VERY surprising moments in the film, all of them “what in the holy shit balls moments” that you won’t see coming, all of them with satisfying payoffs. The jokes were better here as well. There are some movie critics that are critizing the movie for having too many “meta jokes.” I disagree. I think it has maybe as much as the first, if not fewer. And they are much funnier here.
Everything about this movie is better than first, even the opening credits, which while the first one was hilarious and unique, I prefer this one better. Oh, and the movie has the best closing mid-credits sequences I have ever seen. I was laughing till I was crying. The sequel is directed not by Tim Miller from the first movie, but David Leitch, of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame. He is honestly a better action director, and it shows. The sequences are fun, exciting, and outright tense and/or disgusting. It looked like he had fun with the cast. Ryan Reynolds is a charming son of a bitch, and I don’t think he’ll give up this role for a long time. He was born for this and his performance compliments that notion. Josh Brolin is also perfect as Cable. He plays it completely serious and straight with maybe only one or two jokes that completely clash with Deadpool well to get some comedic heaven type moments. Morena Beccarin, Blind Al, and the now controversial T.J. Miller were fine in the small screentime they both had as returning characters. And newcomer (minus his standout performance in Hunt for the Wilderpeople) is great as the kid Russell, but the real standout for me here Zazie Beetz as Domino. Zazie is from Atlanta fame (which I don’t watch but will soon) and in here, she is funny, steals every scene and is sexy as hell. Apparently they did reshoots in the movie with her because test audiences wanted more and didn’t feel she was in the movie enough. Whatever they added, I’m glad they did as she was my favorite part in this.
Anyway, if you are reading this and haven’t seen the movie yet…what the fuck are you doing? Go and see it. You even being mildly interested in what I have to say means that you want to see the movie. You don’t need my opinion to sway you. You either love the character Deadpool or you don’t. It’s that simple. If you didn’t like the first movie at all because of the crude humor, you definitely won’t like this. If you loved the first movie, I hope that you’ll love this movie even more. Ryan Reynolds has been saying there might not be a Deadpool 3 and that we’ll get right to an X-Force movie. I hope this isn’t true. It’s true that I do want an X-Force movie, but I would also like a 3 to end the trilogy, even though after this film, I don’t want the series to ever end. Best Maximum Effort I’ve seen in a comedy action sequel in a long time!