HOLLYWOOD HEROES™: The superhero genre always runs the risk of exhausting audiences with endless amounts of sequels. Characters that initially are new and compelling grow stale, just going through the motions again and again. Then, there’s Deadpool/Wade Wilson. This character, first truly seen a few years ago in his film of the same name, was a breath of fresh air. Now, how would his sequel be? Well, I’m delighted to report that his movie is just as good the second time around. It’s a giant blockbuster that’s also a weird little comedy. I loved it. Furthermore, it’s actually one of 2018’s best films. Yes, you read that right.
The flick is, obviously, a sequel to Deadpool. The actual synopsis that Twentieth Century Fox put up on IMDb is a clear joke, but here it is anyway: “After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.” That’s not what happens, but we do follow the further psychotic adventures of Deadpool (Reynolds), his lady Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), old friends Dopinder (Karan Soni), Weasel (T.J. Miller), and former roommate Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), as well as fellow mutants Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), of the X-Men. This time, they’ll be joined by the need to protect a young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) from the time traveler known as Cable (Josh Brolin). To do this, Deadpool will form the X-Force, consisting of badass Domino (Zazie Beetz), plus a number of others who are…less bad ass. David Leitch is in the director’s chair this time around, helming a script by returning scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, which Reynolds himself co-wrotr. Also in the cast we have Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Shioli Kutsuna, Eddie Marsan, Bill Skarsgård, Lewis Tan, Alan Tudyk, and more. Tyler Bates provides the score, while cinematography is by Jonathan Sela.
I loved this movie with all of my twisted heart. It’s action packed, filthy, funny, and even has a little bit of heart. Plus, the meta aspect is still very much in place, capped off by a post credits scene for the ages. The true joy here is watching Reynolds go to town with this part. The character speaks to him in a way few can, and he absolutely aces it yet again. Brolin too does terrific work, being a straight man for much of the insanity. Even more so though, Beetz is an extra jolt of energy. If there’s a Domino spinoff at some point, count me in for that.
Here is an updated look at Reynolds’ ten best performances so far:
10. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder
9. Woman in Gold
8. Paper Man
7. Definitely, Maybe
6. The Nines
4. Mississippi Grind
3. Deadpool 2
Honorable Mention: Buying the Cow, Chaos Theory, Life, The Proposal, and Waiting…
This franchise still has a ton of potential left in it. Not only would an X-Force movie be a blast, I’m really on board for a third Deadpool film. The character works, regardless of the situation, making even for advertisements to be a riot. That’s a credit to Reese and Wernick’s writing for sure, but even more so to Reynolds and how he’s given his all to this part. It’s easily become his signature role, one I hope he plays as often as Hugh Jackman has played Logan/Wolverine on screen. There’s endless potential for more adventures with the Merc with a Mouth.
On Friday, fans should line up around the block for Deadpool 2, that’s how good it is. This is one of the year’s most enjoyable films, along with just being one of its best. Reynolds continues to do signature work here, and if you’re a fan of his, this is another treat. Plus, you’ll want to stay for the aforementioned post credit sequences, one of which is literally the best one ever committed to celluloid. All of this is high praise, but this is the rare sequel that deserves every single bit of it. Tomorrow night (Thursday evening) will be the first opportunity to see Deadpool 2, and you should make sure you don’t miss it. It’s deranged cinematic bliss…
Be sure to check out Deadpool 2, in theaters everywhere this weekend!