Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2 (No Spoilers)

BREAKOUT STAR. There was a better picture but it was a spoiler.
For the first twenty minutes of Deadpool 2, I was... worried. Concerned, even. Oh, sure, there were moments of pure comedic insanity, but the overall tone seemed... sedate. At least compared to the original, which had its quiet, even serious moments, but it just seemed tonally... off a bit.


And then Russell showed up. You’ve seen Russell. He’s the kid in the trailers. He’s played by Julian Denison of Hunt for the Wilderpeople which I still need to see. And he’s fantastic. And from the moment he shows up, the movie kicks into high gear and does. Not. Stop.

There’s not a lot I can tell you without spoiling things. X-Force’s first mission is incredibly memorable. This movie’s escalation of the last movie’s hand-regrowing gag is astonishing. The mid-credits scene is one of the funniest goddamn things I’ve ever seen. And the way they handle Domino’s allegedly non-cinematic luck powers is fantastic.

Flaws? Cable is somewhat weaker than expected, because it’s kind of his origin story and he’s kind of just an antagonist for most of the film. The first movie covered a lot of the “make fun of Ryan Reynolds’ past career” ground heavily, so all Deadpool 2 could do was to cover the same ground, only in more detail and with a bigger budget. And it engages in a much maligned trope that I ultimately forgave it for.

THe point is, if you had any Pacific Rim style trepidations about the sequel, don’t. If you loved the first one, you’ll love the second one. And how.

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