‘Deadpool 2’ Is A Fun, But Lateral Move For This Foul Mouthed Hero

Nothing is harder then family…except maybe sequels…

While Deadpool 2 is still a loaded barrel full of action & foul mouthed fun that adds the emotional layer of the character gravitating to a rag-tag semblance of family, it’s hard to shake the feeling that returns on this beloved character are already starting to feel a little diminished.

Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is a man on the town, taking down criminals and killing bad guys at a feverish clip and feels himself filled with a new found sense of devotion to family.  However dreams of baby Deadpools running around the apartment coming crashing down around when the violence that he spawns comes to his own front door.  His downward spiral leads him back to a familiar door with Colossus and the X-Men and with a renewed sense of spirit he sets off to form his very own X-Force with a ragtag group of misfit mutants tasked to save a young boy with incredible powers from a time traveling mutant bounty hunter named Cable (Josh Brolin).

Filled to the brim with a myriad of one liners and wall to wall action that we’ve come to expect from the franchise, Deadpool 2 is fine as a film and the dynamic of the character trying to be more adult while equality as juvenile at the exact same time makes for an interesting combo it doesn’t necessarily elevate the film beyond the first installment and leaves this critic a wanting for the frenetic unfocused nature of the first film.

Director David Leitch is certainly no stranger to action as the nonstop set pieces of action are certainly a hell of a lot of fun along with the non-stop jokes that follow them but there’s almost just a little too much going on to allow us to get invested in the narrative.  There’s nothing wrong with it all, but it’s just a hair too busy trying to get in different characters and situations rather than focusing on the positives in front of us.  Writers Rhett Reece and Paul Wernick get officially joined in the writers room by Ryan Reynolds (either on purpose or by sheer volume of improvisation that undoubtedly goes on in production) and while you can’t help but admire then attempt at having the character evolve and grow, it sacrifices some of the pure insanity of the first film which is where it’s magic really was.

Ryan Reynolds was obviously born to play this role as effortlessly slides into the red spandex with aplomb.  Having the character already be established though is actually what takes away from some of the fun that we had in the first film, he’s built for action and has the irreverence of the character down to a stone cold tee.  Josh Brolin gets to chew the scenery a little more here as Cable then he did as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and it actually does suit him as he pulls off the balance of smart ass and badass with shocking ease and he makes for an excellent foil for Reynolds to the point that I don’t care if these two actors ever play these characters again, but I unquestionably want to see them do something together in the near future. 

If the world didn’t know who Julian Dennison was before Deadpool 2 they certainly do now as I suspect that he might be the only young working actor out there who could actually make Deadpool as a character come off as more adult and he’s a hoot to watch work, however the rest of the ensemble including newcomers Zazie Beetz and Eddie Marsan along with the returning T.J. Miller and Brianna Hildebrand kind of get wasted even though the legend of ‘Peter’ played by Rob Delaney will live on forever.

With mid and post credit sequences that are more than a little epic and very self referential to not only the Deadpool character arc but Reynolds own career, Deadpool 2 is still a fun trip to the movies but it’s at best a lateral move from a filmmaking standpoint and makes me hope for more of a balance between the action, and the irreverence that is at the core of the character and a little less about this foul mouthed assassin’s emotional growth in concert with some elaborate action pieces.