Deadpool 2: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #18

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! This review will have spoilers for Deadpool 2 throughout as indicated by bold warnings. But go watch Deadpool 2. Even go rewatch it. It’s honestly one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time.

When Deadpool first came out in 2016, I was so excited for it. It lived up to the hype, and I had a new favourite film (joint first with Pulp Fiction). Deadpool then fell to around 4th or 5th after some time, with Pulp Fiction still leading in first. Then Deadpool 2 was announced. A new wave of excitement washed over me after the Wet on Wet (Bob Ross) trailer was released in November 2017. Here we are in May 2018 with the long-awaited sequels smashing records like the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated movie.

From David Leitch, director of John Wick (see Ryan’s Movie Reviews #16) and starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz, Deadpool 2 continues on from the first Deadpool. Wade is now a contract killer, but when a job goes horribly wrong and changes his life, he joins the X-Men. On his first mission, Deadpool meets Russell, or Firefist, a mutant who can generate fire from his fists (it’s in the name!). In the future, Firefist kills Cable’s family, so Cable comes to the present. In order to protest Firefist, Deadpool must assemble a team of heroes to stop Cable from killing Russell.

The first Deadpool was the first ever R-rated superhero movie and completely changed the game. Though it was sad to hear Tim Miller left the second film, David Leitch taking over as director was a decision that made the film much more awesome. Those who have seen Atomic Blonde and John Wick know of his spectacular action scenes and Leitch was able to implement this into Deadpool 2. I can’t talk much about fight scenes with them being spoilers, but a NON-SPOILER fight scene that was shown in the trailer and that was amazing in the film was the fight between Deadpool and Cable in the prison. It had great camerawork and classic, Deadpool-like humour that was mixed into the action wonderfully. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role of the Merc with a Mouth, and he’s filthier than ever. Reynolds further proves that he was born to play Deadpool, with a wicked humour that will have you laughing so much you choke on over-priced popcorn. He’s joined by Zazie Beetz’s Domino, whose power is luck. Despite Mr Pool’s belief, it IS very cinematic and she was so cool! I can’t say too much without spoiling, but what I will say she is easily one of the best characters in the film and Beetz absolutely killed it in this role. As promised in the post-credits scene from Deadpool, we meet Cable in Deadpool 2. He’s not played by Keira Knightley (sadly) but by Thanos himself, Josh Brolin. Brolin was fantastic as the half machine half man cyborg. His emotional complexity in the character was perfect for the film and Brolin executed the role perfectly. Talking about the X-Force is a bit of a spoiler, but they were all awesome and hilarious in their scenes. Especially Peter and I quite liked Zeitgeist too. There’s another secret X-Force member who was pretty cool too, but that’s spoiler terrority. Go watch Deadpool 2 and come read the spoiler half of this review. Morena Baccarin is back again as Vanessa, Wade’s girlfriend. It was great to see her in the film, but I can’t say too much more without it being a spoiler. Dopinder is also back, played by Karan Soni. Dopinder is more vulgar and funnier in this film, which is obviously from Wade’s influence. Soni has iconically become known as the taxi driver for ‘Mr Pool’ and is perfect for the innocent yet wild character. We are introduced to Russell, or Firefist, a mutant who is being hunted down by Cable. Julian Dennison (or as I always call him, Ricky Baker) takes on the role and did a good job. He was a good character, but I would have liked to have seen more emotion from him.

The action was amazing, the humour even better and I think that Deadpool 2 was better than the first. That’s all can say for Deadpool 2 without spoiling anything. Go watch, even go watch it again. It’s that good. Then come back and read the rest of my review. But there are spoilers down there. You have been warned!

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The X-Force prepares to jump and save the day

Do NOT read below this point if you have not seen Deadpool 2. There are spoilers for Deadpool 2.

My initial thoughts after watching Deadpool 2 were that it was not how I expected it to be. I remember thinking before the film that the first Deadpool would be better than the second. Most sequels are. To my surprise, Deadpool 2 was actually better than the first. Funnier, gorier and overall just better, though I found the plot a little weak. Now I can the actual proper review. You see the plot you read up there? It’s wrong! Continue reading for my spoiler review of Deadpool 2.

Deadpool 2 leaves us where we left off from the first Deadpool. Wade is on a world tour, working as a contract killer (with the help of Dolly Parton). When he fails to kill a target (Kurosawa) back at home, the target sends his crew after Wade and attacks him while he’s at home with Vanessa. It’s also Wade and Vanessa’s anniversary that night where Wade gifts Vanessa an arcade token (callback to the first film), and they have decided to start a family together. However, Kurosawa’s men attack and kill Vanessa. Wade then hits a slump and decides to kill himself. He blows himself up and his body parts are splattered all over the place. Colossus visits Wade and helps his recover, piecing him back together. Wade’s now part of the X-Men (trainee!) and speaks with Russell, realising he has been abused by the headmaster of an orphanage for being a mutant. Deadpool then kills one of staff who was abusing Russell, which leads to Wade and Russell being thrown into a prison, called the Icebox. The Icebox is a prison for mutants, where they wear collars that stop the mutants from using their powers. We cut to the future, where Cable finds his wife and daughter dead as a result from an older Russell burning them.  Cable then decides to go to the present to kill Russell to stop him from ever killing anyone and going down a path of destruction. Cable then breaks into the prison and fights Wade, who is protecting Russell. They escape from the Icebox and go their separate ways, while Russell remains in prison and befriends a mysterious character. Cable goes to prepare for his next attack, while Wade meets up with Weasel to assemble the X-Force, a forward-thinking, gender-neutral team consisting of members like Bedlam, Shatterstar, Zeitgeist, the Vanisher, Domino and Peter. Both Cable and X-Force find out the prisoners from the Icebox are being transported to a new facility, and decide to attack, as Deadpool knows Cable will use this opportunity to kill Russell. The X-Force jump out their heli-carrier and all die, except for Deadpool and Domino. Bedlam parachutes into a bus, Shatterstar parachutes into the blades of a helicopter, the Vanisher parachutes into a power line, and Zeitgeist parachutes into a wood chipper. Peter tries to help Zeitgeist out the wood chipper but gets Zeitgeist’s acidic vomit on him. With Deadpool and Domino as the only survivors, they head out to fight Cable. Russell and his friend revealed to be the Juggernaut fight back against Cable, Deadpool and Domino. Juggernaut rips Wade in half, where he goes to recover in Blind Al’s apartment. There, Domino, Dopinder and Weasel help Wade devise a plan to stop Cable when Cable rocks up and decides to help them out, as he realises Juggernaut is an unstoppable force. Before stopping Russell, Wade visits the X-Mansion to enlist the help of Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio. They reject his offer, and Wade makes his way to the orphanage accompanied by Domino and Cable, with Dopinder acting as their ride. Juggernaut and Firefist arrive at the orphanage to kill the headmaster, where Deadpool and his crew arrive shortly after. After some fighting, Colossus, Yukio and Negasonic turn up at the orphanage to stop Firefist and Juggernaut. While Colossus, Yukio and Negasonic knock Juggernaut out (we briefly see him rise from the swimming pool at the end of the film), Domino, Deadpool and Cable take out the abusive staff. After trying to talk to Russell about not killing, Deadpool puts a collar on from the Icebox and takes a bullet for Russell, where he learns human kindness and Wade dies from taking a bullet for him (as he is wearing the Icebox collar). With one charge left on his time travel device, Cable goes back in time to protect Wade by putting the arcade token that he gave to Vanessa in one of Wade’s pockets where he will later get shot, saving Wade’s life. Russell still learns the lesson of human kindness and spares the headmaster’s life. As the team walks away, Dopinder kills the headmaster with his taxi, proving his courage. Cable decides he will stay in the present to make a better future. In the post-credit scenes, Negasonic and Yukio fix Cable’s time travelling device, and Deadpool takes it and saves Vanessa and Peter, then goes even further back in time to kill the Deadpool from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, then slightly forward in time to kill a young Ryan Reynolds from ever making Green Lantern. And that’s a recap of everything that happened in Deadpool 2.

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Cable vs Deadpool

Here’s what I loved about Deadpool 2. First off, it was funnier. It was more self-aware had made jokes that had me gasping for air. From calling Dopinder ‘Brown Panther’, the baby legs, and especially the X-Force scene. Secondly, the action and gore in this film. This is from the same director who gave us the awesome action in John Wick, and it was so satisfying to see that furthered in Deadpool 2. Another amazing thing that Deadpool 2 was able to do was being really emotional when it needed to be, most notably the ending, where Wade meets Vanessa in ‘heaven’. This scene was so amazing because of the characters emotions and the unplugged, soft rendition of ‘Take On Me’, which brings me on to my next point. The music in this film was incredible. From using ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’ as Deadpool’s theme, then ‘Nobody Speak’ by DJ Shadow for the scene of interviewing the X-Force candidates. The best goes to Celine Dion’s ‘Ashes’ that played during the opening credits. It was a great song that perfectly suited the opening credits. The opening credits were, in my opinion, better than the first film’s. It had something pretty big to live up to, and rather than listing what the characters were in a comedic way, it referenced what we had seen and made in-jokes that were hilarious, like ‘cinematography by Blind Al’ and ‘written by the real villains here’, when the first film said ‘written by the real heroes here’ in its opening credits.

However, it wasn’t a perfect film. One of the things that I didn’t like about Deadpool 2 is it’s ending. It didn’t really make sense. We didn’t see any relationship development between Deadpool and Cable apart from when they arrive at the orphanage for a brief minute. It seemed a little unearned. Also, I’d have like to have seen more of Negasonic and Colossus. We didn’t see much of them in the last film, and I was looking to seeing more of them in this sequel. They could have done more, particularly with Negasonic, but when making room for new characters like Domino and Cable, they got sidelined. There was also no need for Weasel. Sure, he had some good jokes and furthered the plot in a few places, but he could’ve been cut from the film and it wouldn’t have made a difference. I didn’t understand the whole thing about Wade being close to death and visiting Vanessa in that underwater world place. After watching the film, I learnt it was supposed to be heaven, but there must have been another way to show Wade getting close to Vanessa when he felt close to death.

The best scenes for me were the opening fights with Deadpool on his world tour, as it reminded us of Deadpool’s humour and talents in a neat little montage. The opening credits were also great fun to watch. The prison fight was fantastic, as was the entirety of the X-Force. The interviews, the deaths, and Deadpool and Domino chasing down Cable; it was highly entertaining and I loved it. The whole baby legs scene was awesome too.  The end fight was incredible as it showcased the newly formed X-Force coming together and it was a spectacle to see them working as one unit. The post-credit scenes had me in fits of laughter. Deadpool 2 really outdid the first one in my opinion.

My favourite characters were the three main protagonists. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool and it’s evident from this film that no-one could ever live up to Reynolds version of Deadpool. He’s so hilarious and fantastic in this role, and his efforts certainly pay off. Zazie Beetz’s Domino is also one of my favourite characters, as she was so badass. The sequence of her using her luck powers and avoiding obstacles was incredible, and I look forward to seeing more of Domino in the future. Lastly, Josh Brolin’s Cable was absolutely amazing. He combined great action with a wit that combated Deadpool’s humour, which was great fun to watch in this film. The trio were so cool to watch at the end of the film, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

Deadpool 2 certainly lived up to the hype (plus plus) and gets a 9.2/10 from me. Yeah, that’s a pretty high rating, but this is Ryan’s Movie Reviews. I absolutely loved Deadpool 2, as it didn’t suffer from sequel-itis and suck, but was such a fun and awesome cinematic experience that I am longing to watch again. Hat’s off to Ryan Reynolds here. I know he wasn’t the director, but he did a fantastic job of getting Deadpool 1 and Deadpool 2 made. It’s a game-changing series for not only the superhero film genre but the entire film industry.

Thanks for reading week 18 of Ryan’s Movie Reviews. I loved Deadpool 2, but what did you think? Let me know, then give me a follow on Instagram, @Ryans.Movie.Reviews to read the latest news in the film industry.

I’ve got big exams coming up in a couple weeks so there will be a review of something next week, then a two-week break before the next review is released. Follow @Ryans.Movie.Reviews on Instagram as I’ll be doing a poll, where you can vote for what I review for next week. See you then!

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