Deadpool 2

A Film Review by Joseph Waukechon black panther movie poster

Maximum effort! Deadpool 2 is a 2018 superhero film directed by David Leitch and starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison and Zazie Beetz. A follow-up to the 2016 smash-hit, the film follows the escapades of Wade Wilson, a smart-alecky mercenary trying to rescue a young mutant from the time-traveling mutant Cable. So, considering the first Deadpool film had over 10 years to come into fruition, and this sequel had only two, I was cautious about my expectations.

Still, I’m actually a little split on my final thoughts of the film. The first film’s director, Tim Miller, left over creative differences with Reynolds and was replaced with John Wick 2 director Leitch. This would be tough for anyone, and, taking that into account, let’s first explore what this film didn’t achieve.

First, the film is tonally vastly different from its predecessor. In some ways, it feels like it is a fan of the first film and tries to imitate it. What isn’t Reynolds’ quips feels too much like a fanfiction. Another problem is the jokes are not nearly as surprising or out of left field as the first film, or for that matter even what the promos alluded to. In fact, the opening is a little boring compared to the CGI car crash in the first one. It doesn’t excite us to be seeing our old friends again. While it does lead to adequate character development, the tragedy that mirrors actual violence to women gives way to clashing comedy too soon and undermines the value of the female character affected.

What this film did right is the visuals and the ramp-up in metal-twisting action that feels bigger than the first film. The stunts and CGI it showcases creates new bars even for blockbusters. The updated references, from the election to the Marvel Comic Universe odes feel fresh and inclusive, and they really stepped up their cameo game. Also, despite many online wailings due to the traditionally-Caucasian character Domino being cast as an African-American woman, the actress Beetz shines and steals the scenes she’s in.

All-in-all, I would even go so far as to say I like this movie. I would say this is a good movie with some loud flaws. What works is an improvement over the original and what doesn’t mostly flops due to being unsatisfying. I recommend this film, but I hope that the third installment, to put it the best way possible, manages to be a little Deadpoolier.

Joseph Waukechon is a Menominee and Chippewa college student, who’s officially enrolled in the Chippewa Tribe. He has always had a deep and laughably emotional love for film.  He enjoys celebrating and rejecting them, but always giving credit where credit is due.