‘Deadpool 2’ spins a tale of romance, humor and debauchery (review)

“You want to fight for what’s right, sometimes you have to fight dirty.”

Many comic book fans were coming to a slow realization that Disney and Marvel were going to be the only studios to put out a great comic book film adaptation. It’s been shots in the dark for DC, and Twentieth Century Fox has been striking out with their recent iterations of super hero films such as the Fantastic Four reboot, and X-Men: Apocalypse. One could’ve almost counted Fox completely until 2016.

The failing film studio put all its chips in a comic book film, gave it some grit, and watched as the world ate up latest comic book serving, Deadpool. The film was a smash-hit, creating a home for the long-anticipated antihero, and bringing fans all the things they had wanted to see -and more. Years later, the studio would find themselves creating a follow up to the film, but did it fare as well?

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, and many others. The films follows the story of the wisecracking mercenary Deadpool, as he joins forces with three mutants — Bedlam, Shatterstar and Domino — to protect a boy from the all-powerful Cable.

“So dark…you’re sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

The film is an obvious follow-up to the previous entry, but diverges from its original formula rather quickly. What starts out as your common expectations from the first film quickly shift into a somber tale peppered with some serious tones. Atomic Blonde director David Leitch was at the helm for this film, showing his ability to not only create incredible action sequences, but also interjecting some drama that fits the storyline. Yes, this is a story about mischievous Deadpool, but many forget that Red had some moments of seriousness in his life as well. Leitch -although lays some of the dramatics on heavy- creates a dynamic and complex story that allows more to be seen from the Merc with a Mouth than just his raunchy comebacks.

And speaking of dynamic, we all know that Ryan Reynolds was born to play the role of Wade Wilson, a.k.a., Deadpool. In terms of seeing him onscreen, there’s really no telling where Reynolds ends and the character begins. But who would’ve thought that Goonies alumni Josh Brolin would’ve made a perfect Cable? Certainly the folks at Fox, but I know I had my doubts. Well, those doubts were subsided pretty quickly, as Brolin clearly creates a character that is as complex as his comic book origins. His ability to dissolve into the role makes quick work for the audience to believe that this man is certainly Cable.

We also get standout performances of from other key performers, such as Stefan Kapicic, who plays Colossus, Brianna Hildebrand, who plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead (NTW), Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino and newcomer Julian Dennison, who plays Russell. Colossus carries some great performances, with his campaign to instill a sense of morality and ethics into Deadpool. Of course NTW continues to play the angsty teenage mutant, but we get a chance to see another side to the character, and Hildebrand does a superb job in the role. Zazie Beetz is such a fun member to the Deadpool’s team, as her continued confidence shines in his face several times throughout the film. Dennison, who got his big break in the indie film, 2016’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, holds his own against the raunchy red superhero.

“I really should have stayed in college…”

Now, much like every film out there -especially those that have source material- this piece had some flaws. Not many people will be really drawn into this passion-driven storyline, resulting in it becoming a turnoff for some fans. Deadpool 2 relies heavily on its servings of raunch, drama and story, that in the process they forgot to create more consistency with the three. You can have all these things in there, but there has to be balance and a solid vein that runs through the elements that ties them neatly together. Sadly, this is an area where the film lacks, but is not without it completely.

Another element that I feel works as more of hinderance than a benefit was its marketing. Of course everyone loved how the first film was marketed, and when it debuted, we loved what we were shown before and what we saw after. In this film, you aren’t too sure as to the nature of the trailers and the film, or the use and/or outcome of unique characters. This film really does some twisting and turning, and slightly makes what you see in the trailers seem kind of unnecessary. I’ll let you figure that out for yourself.

All in all, I actually enjoyed Deadpool 2! I know I said a lot of things that would count as severe issues, but honestly, that’s how we have to take films such as this. We won’t always be satisfied by the outcome of films, we won’t always love the way our favorite characters are portrayed, or even the way their journey leads them. Such is the nature of films that are adapted: you won’t always get what you’re going to like, but at least we’re getting something. You have to look at these films as a part of the progression to seeing some of our most important and beloved characters -whether through novels or comics- adapted for the silver screen. Yes, we will always hit snags, but when you get down to it, this is still something that can be built upon. Deadpool 2 isn’t the best superhero film out there, but it’s definitely one I enjoyed. And to me, that’s the thing that counts the most.

Rating: 3.5/5 Atoms

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