Nine times out of ten when you’re feeling sad you watch a funny movie to lift your spirits. But when you’re happy you’ll rarely give a tear jerker a go. With summer fast approaching, sunnier weather and longer days most of us are generally happier at the moment. What better way to celebrate than to sit inside in a darkened room where no one talks and watch a 2-hour minimum film? Okay sarcasm aside, Deadpool 2 is perfect for keeping that summer feel-good feeling alive and well worth sacrificing a few hours in the sun for.
Without giving too much of the plot away since the film was only released last week, after working as a successful contract killer Wade Wilson a.k.a Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) fails to kill one of his targets. Depressed and bereaved, Deadpool tries to end things only to find a higher purpose with Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and X-Men. When Deadpool typically breaks the rules on his first mission he is drawn into protecting a mutant and a rather angry teenage kid (Julian Dennison) from a time-travelling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin), a mission he has helped with from his team of mutant misfits, which he dubs “X-Force”.
Normally when you say something makes a mockery of another something it’s a negative, thumbs-down, and one to avoid. However, Deadpool 2 is a mockery of just about everything, in the best possible way.
From mocking the superhero genre (“God that’s so impractical” when Deadpool jumps from an impossibly high height and is welcomed with a painful landing) and teasing Marvel Studios themselves (“we’re gonna form a super-duper f****** group, we need them tough, morally flexible and young enough to carry their own franchise for 10-12 years”). It even pokes fun at its own franchise’s tendency to ingeniously use slow-mo to comic perfection (“tell me they got that in slow motion” when our anti-hero very brutally and extremely awesomely punches someone in the mouth spraying their blood in a stylish splatter), and the film’s lead actor mocking one of his actress’ wife’s well-known films (“and that’s why Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants is pure pornography”), Deadpool 2 is mockery at its best.
Then again, you would expect this if you have seen the first instalment of the series. Unconventionally breaking the fourth wall and making wisecracks aimed directly at the audience or yelling “Hit it Dolly”, as the title character executes a slick fight scene to the sound of Dolly Parton’s singing vocals? Tick. Brutal violence as Deadpool’s body parts are grisly severed and thrown in the air? Tick. Copious amounts of sassy swearing, sharp sarcastic jibes and incredible insults? Tick. The endearing ability to laugh at itself and not take itself too seriously? Also, tick.
Josh Brolin continues his successful trend of playing the villain following on from his role as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War as all the well-timed pop-culture references never appears to get old. All the comedy can overwhelm and overcompensate for a slightly lacking plot, yet the storyline does pose the poignant question: is it ever right to kill an innocent in the present who is set to become a monster in the future? Supporting cast like Deadpool’s wannabe, well-meaning taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni) are entertaining all on their own, whilst CGI knock-outs and special effect stunners all easily set Deadpool 2 apart as a memorable and quotable summer hit.
Deadpool 2 doesn’t let its predecessor’s legacy down but it is also extremely familiar in its feel – both in its Terminator-like narrative and strikingly tragic plot if all the comedy was stripped away. Nevertheless, the sequel doesn’t fall short of expectations. If profanity isn’t your thing give this film a miss, but if you can get past those elements, Deadpool 2 is a uniquely wild ride and a barrel of laughs from start-to-finish.