Ryan Reynolds once again dons the red suit and katana swords for a saucy and an entertaining sequel to the 2016 massive hit Deadpool, which became the second-highest grossing R-rated film domestically after The Passion of the Christ. How do I know that? Courtesy: Deadpool, who happily brags about it in the new film, continuing his breaking-the-fourth-wall humour.
Deadpool 2 doesn’t seek to explore previously visited portions but continues the narrative from where the first film let off. It offers a smorgasbord of pop culture references, ironic needle drops, unexpected cameos (DON’T BLINK!) and not oh-so-surprisingly graphic violence. It certainly is a bigger version of its prequel, with a noticeable increase in both production value and visual experience.
Basically, you’re going to see Deadpool be Deadpool, and he’s FAR more Deadpool in this movie than he was in Deadpool. Feel me?
Reynolds is all over Deadpool 2, and not just as the titular antihero. From literally the first line of the film, the meta jokes and cultural references come flying at you at breakneck speed with no holds barred. No one – no character, no film, no real life cultural icon – is safe.
Josh Brolin is remarkable as Cable although I’m surprised there were not more Terminator jokes. His relatively simple story about the complexity of his origin makes him the perfect straight man to Deadpool’s antics.
Some favourites from the first film are back, such as housemate Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, girlfriend Morena Baccarin a.k.a. Vanessa and our very own cab driver, Dopinder essayed by Karan Soni. Among the other new characters, Zazie Beetz makes a lasting impression as Domino: a strong, sardonic superhero who relies on luck. (Can we get this woman her own film, please?)
The film continues its tradition of featuring a Bollywood song, only this time its Yun Hi Chala Chal Rahi from Swades. With other soothing soundtracks from Air Supply and Peter Gabriel, and even the occasional song Annie, if something can be oddly sweet while heads are being decapitated, it’s this film.
One of the most fantastic aspects of the Deadpool film franchise is its ability to fix past mistakes in the X-Men Universe and beyond, and even make a cynical person squeal. This goes back to the writing team and their ability to push the envelope as far as possible. In the world of Deadpool, even the boring end credits are studded with jokes and teases which in all honesty turns out to be equally entertaining than the film, if not more.
Deadpool 2 who unsolicitedly is also a part of the DC Extended Universe, the My Little Pony Universe, and our universe; all of the fourth wall breaking and sidebar jokes at everyone’s expense is what makes the movie amazing and better than the original. Overall, fans couldn’t have asked for a better sequel which appeals to both the hardcore and regular comic book readers.
Reynolds and his crew of dazzling degenerates know what makes this character tick. Therefore it’s safe to say that Deadpool 2 is headed in the right direction.