Captain Deadpool. The Merc with the Mouth. The Guy with the swords played by Ryan Reynolds. Why did Spider-Man shoot that person in the face. Oh god why did I bring my children into this R Rated movie, I thought this was a Marvel film.
These are just a few of the phrases that have been used to describe of one of our favourite Marvel characters to make it’s way to the big screen. With the first film nearly not being made if not for some leaked footage and fans demanding it, how does Mama Wilson’s boy fair in his second big screen outing (no, we are not counting Wolverine: Origins).
Before we go any further we need to include our obligatory ‘in case you don’t know who Deadpool is’ but if that is the case then we should also dedicate some time to teach you about indoor plumbing and the wheel.
Deadpool (Wade Wilson to his friends) dying from cancer volunteers for an experimental treatment which triggers a latent mutant ability which happens to be a healing factor that makes Wolverine’s look so slow you would think it was written and directed by Kevin Costner. Oh, he also happens to be a world class hitman who tends to only take jobs to kill ‘bad guys’ and knows that he is a fictional Marvel Comic Book character so he routinely breaks the 4th wall. A lot of this is covered in the first movie, but you can still enjoy the sequel with this level of Deadpool knowledge going in.
Where the first movie was a straight up revenge/love story/origin story the new film aims to evolve the character into a more family/time travel/balls out sequel story that we wouldn’t have any other way.
Deadpool 2 sees Wade trying desperately to get his happy ending (see what we did there?) by saving a young New Zealander mutant from the timehopping Cable (played by Brolin). While in the comics Cable played the straight man to Deadpool, in the film they have a less buddy cop level beginning. And that is probably as much as we can tell you without spoiling most of the film which we don’t want to do.
The latest instalment in the series gives us everything we wanted from a Deadpool sequel with 2 decapitations within the first 2 minutes of the film making sure it keeps it’s R rating. Plus it’s the 4th wall breaking humour and ample potshots at the DC and other MCU films show the love and dedication to the source material of the character that can’t help but make for an awesome film.
The one thing that you will feel in this movie is – while the original was a definite success despite and probably in part because of it’s low budget, this next film dials up the rifle to 9 in scale on every front from action sequences to casting. It’s not just big names either like Thanos/Josh Brolin plus some spoiler’y cameos but the number of extras in some sequences just makes the film feel like there was a lot more budget to work with.
So should you go see it? Deadpool 2 takes everything awesome about the first Deadpool gives it a bigger budget and because it’s an X-Men franchise adds in time travel. If you loved the solid R rating that the first film made it’s own then you absolutely need to take some time out of your busy Infinity War re-watch schedule to get some Wade Wilson back in your life.
Oh and if you can, watch the first Deadpool right before seeing the 2nd. There are more than a few clever continuity references that shows Deadpool is more than a pretty face.
Deadpool 2 is in Cinemas across Australia right now.