Deadpool 2 Review

Breaking not just the fourth wall, but the box office as well, Deadpool 2 is a sequel that will make you laugh so hard you wish you wore your brown pants.

Seldom does a sequel match up to the original, and Deadpool 2 is without a doubt a major.

exception. David Leitch’s follow up to the 2016 knockout blockbuster featuring the Merc with a Mouth’s film debut – ignoring his appearance in a 2009 film featuring everyone’s favorite Hugh Jackman – is a hilarious and heartfelt successor truly worthy of its praise.

Featuring Ryan Reynolds as the foul mouthed, chaotic good himself, the movie really is a family film – of sorts. Likes its predecessor, as one may infer from its R rating, the film is full of raunchy, adult jokes that cannot help but bring out the adolescent in all of us. The film also features quite the plethora of graphic content that will either make you cringe, explode in a fiery ball of laughter or both.

However successful the crude humor and physical mayhem may have made the character and his film, it would be a sin to not give credit to one of Deadpool’s most beloved traits – his constant breaking of the fourth wall. The fourth wall, for those who do not know, is a conceptual barrier separating a work of fiction and its audience. It has been a staple of the Merc with a Mouth for as long as he has been around. Each of his two films feature countless meta references and jabs taken at pop culture left and right, from sarcastic comments about events in the film to outright shaming the failing DC Extended Universe and Ryan Reynolds’ appearances in less than bad superhero films.

The opening credits once again take no level of seriousness in actually identifying those who worked on the film, instead opting to refer to those involved through slander, pop-culture references, and other methods of humor. They also help to guide the viewer through a wave of emotions after enduring an especially shocking turn of events.

Leitch cuts the breaks when it comes to humor in his new film, but like its predecessor, it also has a good amount of sincerity and emotion. As Deadpool himself advertised in many trailers, and the opening scene – yet another instance of him breaking the fourth wall – this sequel is, in an exaggerated version of the phrase, a ‘family film’. That is to say, when it is not filled with crudity, carnage or destruction, it has a prominent focus on family, teamwork, and bonds.

This time, everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth is forced to team up in order to take town the big bads, bringing back fan favorites from the previous installment such as Colossus (Stefan Kapičić) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and newcomers such as Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna).

The first film was very much a revenge story with two acts of backstory, as Deadpool sought to destroy the man that ruined his life. It felt small, setting up exposition for the character, his motives and the rest of the film in between through a personal narrative interjecting every now and then between Deadpool’s mission for revenge. Given in part its larger cast of protagonists, the sequel feels both larger and quicker paced – not that the first felt slow. The mission now is not revenge, rather, it is to bring solace and family to the life of a troubled youth, tortured solely for his mutanthood.

Two large, overarching themes within the film are acceptance and forgiveness. As characters develop, they are forced to accept fate, forgive their enemies, and work together to achieve the greater good. With a plot that greatly diverges from its predecessor, themes relating to self evolution and its ‘family’ focus, the film benefits in that it does not feel like a mere rehash of the original, offering something fresh and new.

The film, perhaps surprising to some, very subtly progressive. In spite of its crude, intense humor and gorey, slapstick violence, it features, the film does very well to stray from offensive humor while still generating enough to be appealing to a vast spectrum of audiences. The film also introduces a new level of diversity, bringing to life the first ever same-sex couple in a mainstream superhero film, and does so in such a nonchalant manner that no unnecessary attention is brought to it.

Deadpool 2 is a sequel fans of the original are sure to love. Whether or not they prefer this over the original is up to debate, but it would not be a stretch to place the sequel on top. With a great balance of humor, action, drama, sincerity and diversity, the film has very few flaws, those flaws being contained mostly to one or two minor characters. Anyone looking for a good two hours of hilarity and good filmmaking need look no further than their local cinema.