Sequels are hard but 'Deadpool 2' gets it mostly right

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

Apart from raking in millions of dollars at the box office, worldwide, the film also catapulted Ryan Reynolds' career into superstardom, nearly overnight. Deadpool always works well in a kind of "down and dirty" context. In that regard, Deadpool 2 - and even the first one - isn't unlike those awful Scary Movie movies - at least when it's in attack mode - but what makes Deadpool significantly better in quality is that the references it pounds you over the head with aren't empty, but brimming with context - although the depth of this context is rather sketchy.

Deadpool is a lot like Deco: amusing, irreverent and unlike anything else out there. So, will the "Merc with a Mouth" be able to pull enough viewers at the theatres?

As Deadpool points out, this makes Cable into Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator with a tragic backstory and fewer circuit boards.

More importantly, her powers (at least in the first film) were indispensable to Deadpool's victory, so he didn't have much of a choice in waiting on her (despite sarcastically commenting upon it in the process). In my opinion, the jokes are far funnier than in the first movie.

The movie feels like a drag in a few places but Leitch successfully brings you back on the bandwagon nearly faster than you'd expect.

Is there a Deadpool 3 being planned? He pops into this time period to kill the kid. His name is Cable, and he has certain information about the future that forces him to intervene in this timeline - and especially Russell's destiny.

Deadpool 2 is bold, audacious, outrageous, and wickedly amusing.

"Deadpool 2" gives you an assortment of impossibly amusing scenes, side-splitting jokes about special effects and other Marvel characters, and - as noted earlier - shameless product plugs.

As audiences endure the final stretch ahead of the sequel, it's worth reflecting upon the moment when the first Deadpool film truly began to click, and the character - Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) - who helped this happen.

In the new featurette that just dropped, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool (of course) looks back with fawning admiration at the "shared universe" they built during Deadpool's ostensible Phase One.

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick return, sharing the pen with Reynolds this go-round. So I think the general feeling is let's let Ryan get out of the suit, us put the keyboards down for just a little while, take a little breather, and then come back to it. Not because of the performance as much as just the smartness of the idea of a lucky superhero. The action sequences are more elaborate, the supporting cast all mesh well together and manage to stand out (not an easy feat in a superhero movie), and in general the jokes hit more than they miss, especially in the hilarious post-credits scene, which is better than anything in the actual movie.

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