Deadpool 2 stands out in the genre of superhero films for being a comedy. Like its predecessor, it relies on parody and slapstick humor. It’s more violent and vulgar than most superhero movies and therefore its R rating is well placed. As a refresher, the titular Marvel character has a body that self-heals and was once used for a scientific experiment. But the latter causes an explosion which permanently disfigures him. Since then, he spends his days as a mercenary dressed like a red ninja. Therefore in this sequel, Deadpool is called to a mission that involves a time travelling cyborg and a kid who will become a dangerous threat to the future.
If that last part sounds like the Terminator, then that could be its intention. Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2 likes to give reference to other films. “What is with all these robotic arms?” cries the protagonist referring to movie characters with a synthetic hand (think of Darth Vader). In another scene he questions “you’re so dark…are you sure you’re not from the DC universe?” And even reference to famous songs are not left out such as a comparison between Disneys “Frozen” and a Barbara Streisand song. Attempts at humor are constant but the action scenes are a contrast. The goriness is unrelenting while the stunt sequences are seriously well –staged; Special effects play a conspicuous role as they do in the Marvel films but here it’s a bit above average. Ryan Reynolds is terrific as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. He plays sarcastic and sort of obsessed with pop culture referencing. He evokes a goofy hipster who’s fatigued with superhero films. Josh Brolin is a cyborg of a few words and with a steel arm that recalls the Winter Soldier. The boy calls himself ‘firefist’ and is played by Julian Dennison from New Zealand. There are other supporting mutants such as Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Domino (Zazie Beetz), and a European-sounding Colossus who is given lots of funny moments; He recruits Deadpool for the X Men and they end up forming the X Force. Plus T.J. miller is a bar tender, and Wade’s friend. Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 can be unappreciated if viewers aren’t ready for it. It is as silly as a Naked Gun or Airplane movie. Once that expectation is adjusted then the film should work quite well.