An Arguing With Myself Review: Deadpool 2
A reckless test pilot is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers…whoops! Let me try this again…
A merc withOUT a mouth and imbued with the power to look like Baraka from Mortal Kombat…you know what? Bad start.
Okay, last one. It’s your friendly neighborhood mercenary! Swinging his way…Ah, screw it, close enough! It’s Deadpool!
That’s right! He’s back with more wisecracks, more violence, more fourth-wall breaking and more…heart? Yep, ‘fraid so. Seems, Wade (Ryan Reynolds) is thinking about hanging up the swords and settling down with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). And everyone knows you can’t make a family without a good “F”. Plus, it would look weird. What is that, “amily”? Nope, don’t like it. But as we know from watching the first Deadpool, nothing is ever easy in Red’s life.
This time around, we get some bigger names from the comics to join our leather-clad anti-hero. In addition to Weasel (TJ Miller), Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), we get a version of X-Force! For those of you unfamiliar with these characters, a quick google search will bring you up to speed. But for now, I’ll give you their names: there’s Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), The Vanisher and…Peter (Rob Delaney). They form to combat a mysterious bad ass from the future by the name of Cable (Josh Brolin), who is hellbent on killing a kid (Julian Dennison)…a KID! That’s alright. He’s a mutant (Whooo! Feels good to say the “M” word!) and he kinda has it coming. It’s a “would you kill baby Hitler”-scenario. Plus, he goes by the name, are you ready for this? “Firefist”. Right?! Come on! Sounds like a venereal disease.
As a comic book reader, growing up, my friends and I would cast actors and actresses in the roles of our favorite superheroes. We didn’t care about budgets to get these A-list actors. We didn’t care which company owned which characters. It was a pipe dream. Somehow with the first DP, that thinking went straight out the window. Then I thought it was lightning in a bottle! A one time thing! It couldn’t be done again…but it did.
They say each time you make a copy, it loses something. Now, I’m not saying Deadpool 2 is a copy of the original, I’m looking at it in comparison to the original. I thought the first one was a game changer. Ryan was born to play Wade Wilson. His delivery never became schtick to me. Both films seemed unrelenting with pop culture references and Easter eggs throughout. A joy for fans of comic books and films, alike. The first Deadpool raised the bar in translating these characters to the big screen. The sequel had very little chance to out perform its predecessor. A fun ride nonetheless. As far as rankings go? Out of the two films, the sequel…was a close…second?