The first Deadpool film was a total surprise for me. I laughed a lot at Ryan Reynolds portrayal of the wisecracking antihero. The movie itself moved at a good pace, and like the comic, made fun of common superhero tropes without descending into parody.
Thus in theory a Deadpool sequel should be just as good. Now the character is established so we can move from the origin story and hopefully there will be a new adventure. What can go wrong?
Let’s start with main plot. This time round there’s a main plot and a subplot and Leitch ties them fluidly: Deadpool’s girlfriend, Vanessa is killed on the day they decide to start a family and Deadpool realises that he has to change his ways or his personal life will become wore. In the meantime cyborg, Cable (Josh Brolin, fresh off his Thanos role in Avengers: Infinity War )from the future has time travelled to present day in order to kill a mutant, Firefist, who murders his family in the future. Thus it’s up to Deadpool to stop Cable and Firefist, restore peace and go through some self-assessment. Also Deadpool forms X-Force, a sub band of mutants.
As the plot does require some scene building, it means that the film suffers. Deadpool’s first half is slow, almost to the point of being boring. Deadpool’s snarkiness is toned down, the characters don’t seem to gel too well and the whole first half moves at a plodding pace.
Deadpool’s second half though is fantastic. The jokes come a bullet speed, witty dialogue, tons of action, in jokes, rude humor, red herrings and gore. It’s basically what I wanted from a Deadpool movie. Obviously Deadpool does see the error of his ways and understands the concept of a family . But that’s not the point. Personally I see the Deadpool franchise as a meta comedy and that’s when Deadpool 2 works best.
I cannot complain about the characters. All the cast from the first film play their roles excellently and the newcomers are having a lot of fun. Josh Brolin makes a fantastic Cable, I enjoyed Firefist as the angsty mouthy New Zealander and Zazie Beetz as Domino is a standout. Technically this also means that now with X force taking shape and brief glimpses of the classic X-men team I can foresee a third installment of the Deadpool franchise.
Although there is a weak first half, I urge you to be patient because Deadpool 2 has a rewarding second half. Despite the flaws the Deadpool films are approaching superhero films in a fun way and, to be fair, it is sorely needed in the superhero genre (ok the MCU does have jokes but Deadpool takes them to a new level)