Are you overwhelmed by superhero films? Because I feel overwhelmed by superhero films. Some take themselves way too seriously, some aren’t serious enough, some are even fun but are not particularly funny, and some just plain suck. So, when Deadpool 2 started its promotional run, it surprised me and caught my attention. I mean, it’s not everyday you see the lead actor of a film on a South Korean tv singing competition wearing a unicorn mask while singing “Tomorrow” from the Broadway musical Annie. Or Celine Dion releasing an original song to promote the film which features Deadpool on stage with her, dancing in heels.
Hot from the success of the first film, Deadpool 2 is funnier, more action-packed and clearly looks like the studio had a bigger budget to play with. This film takes place two years after the events of the first and in contrast to the romance theme, this sequel is more of a ‘family’ movie. In Deadpool 2, Wade Wilson’s main objective is to save the soul of a young boy by stopping him from making a life altering and time bending decision. And if you thought Deadpool was great on his own, he’s even better when he actually has friends to frolic around with.
Ryan Reynolds is bloody fantastic in his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. He is insanely good to the point where you envy him for the amount of fun he is having in his costume while getting away with ridiculous shit. Josh Brolin is great as Cable, and from all the promotional reels, it really looks like he’s enjoyed filming and being in this superhero film far better than the other one. I also enjoyed Zazie Beetz as Domino and can really relate to a kick-ass woman who has luck as her superpower. Russell is played by the young and very talented Julian Dennison who has great comic timing and does an impressive job of appearing dangerous yet innocent and fragile. The CGI, the screen-play, the costumes and action scenes are all spectacular without ever distracting and tearing away from the storyline. It was also nice to be reunited with characters Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus from the first film.
I want to be constructive with my review, but the truth is, this film is fucking flawless. Do yourself a favour and go see it. Not only is it hilariously entertaining, but it is by far one of the best superhero films released to date. Any film that uses Celine Dion’s mutant lungs for a James Bond like intro, makes amazing pop-cultural and superhero references (in particular paying tribute to “Say Anything” famed for its boombox scene), and shamelessly blasts Cher like an anthem is bloody brilliant in my books and anyone who disagrees can fight me. Despite Deadpool 2 being really funny, it also has depth, morals and heart. Honestly, what’s not to love? It’s perfect.