The first one was a surprise and the second one is pretty much just like it.
That’s Deadpool in a nutshell – emphasis on the nut.
About the film
The Movie Man – like many others – liked the first Deadpool (2016, Movie Man No. 1189, 7). It was a no-holds-barred, R-rated comic book movie for adults.
The jokes, coming 90-to-nothing, were crude and hit and miss – but mostly hits.
Deadpool had actually appeared before in a movie; he showed up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009, MM #823, 7 – and the Movie Man is one of the few on Earth who didn’t hate this film).
But that wasn’t the Deadpool we know and love today. When the 2016 movie came out, the vulgar wisecracking “superhero” was more accurately depicted.
The first Deadpool shocked studios with its take – $363 million in America and $738 worldwide.
It’s unlikely Deadpool 2 will eclipse those marks even though its $125.5 million opening was mighty huge. (The first one started at $132 million.)
Deadpool 2 will get knocked out of the top spot by Solo: A Star Wars Story this week and still has to contend with the colossus of Avengers: Infinity War (MM #1304, 8) which keeps raking in the cash.
Still, Deadpool 2 mostly delivered what fans wanted and it’s likely there will be a third.
The plot (spoiler)
Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is still in love with Vanessa. Right when she decides they should start a family, she gets killed.
Deadpool is sad. He ends up in prison with a boy, Russell (Julian Dennison) who also had mutant powers.
From the future comes Cable (Josh Brolin) who needs to murder Dennison because he kills Cable’s family many years hence.
Cable is so tough that Deadpool assembles the X-Force to battle him as Deadpool tries to protect the boy.
What works (spoiler)
There are laughs galore in the movie, especially early on.
The verbal gags – and non-verbal ones – are raunchy and funny.
Sometimes they come so fast that the viewer can’t get them all in.
The smart aleck Reynolds makes a great Deadpool.
Another standout is Zazie Beetz as Domino whose superpower is just being lucky.
A great sequence involved Deadpool’s efforts to assemble X Force.
He interviews several mutants – and one very non-skilled human, Peter (Rob Delaney) – and creates his gang, among them Shatterstar, Domino, Bedlam, and the completely invisible. Vanisher.
They all leap out of an airplane wearing parachutes – and almost all of them die horrible deaths. That includes the unseen Vanisher who, after he’s electrocuted on high line wires, ends up being Brad Pitt.
Best scene (spoiler)
Over the end credits, Deadpool has Cable’s time travel device fixed.
He begins traveling back in time to fix misdeeds – including his appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that messed up the timeline and made fanboys/girls so mad.
Then Deadpool goes back and sees Ryan Reynolds reading the screenplay for the reviled Green Lantern (2011, MM #945, 6). The hero calmly shoots Reynolds in the head to save future embarrassment.
It classic mega/meta Deadpool.
What doesn’t work
There’s a running dub-step joke that falls terribly flat every time.
Dennison isn’t that great of an actor.
And, after his impressive Thanos in Infinity War, Brolin’s Cable is kind of a wuss.
This is one hard-R, as expected; it takes about five seconds for the f-bombs to fly.
Deadpool 2 was fun; bring on Deadpool 3.
Solo: A Star Wars Story.