For better or for worse, superhero movies are dominant in cinema. The proliferation began over a decade ago, arguably with Batman Begins in 2005. Comic books shrugged off their high-trousered, bespectacled image and became something cool. Over the years, watching the new adventures of a man in a cape has started to become more a labour of habit than love.
The respite from the genre- because life is cruel- a different superhero movie. Deadpool 2, like the first movie, attracts audiences who are still smitten with heroes and those who have now taken to giving cinemas a wide berth.
The second helping is better prepared than the first, benefitting from not establishing back story and a more natural progression of events. It is impressive that the movie can carry a plot around Wade Wilson/ Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) mourning his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) given that the love story is the weakest aspect of the two movies. By keeping that in the back of the mind and allowing other events to propel the plot, it manages to remain entertaining.
Viewers of the first movie know exactly what to expect. While this script is better, it’s still too ‘more of the same’ to sway people who did not like the Merc with a Mouth back in 2016. For those who were eagerly waiting for two years, it’s a reward for patience. Domino (Zazie Beetz) is the smart, slick female hero that so many writers struggle to manage. Cable’s (Josh Brolin) straight delivery is completely necessary, as the film teeters on being too goofy. Ryan Reynolds continues to be himself with a red suit on and the members of X-Force commit fully to their screen time.
Marvel and DC are now so entrenched into mainstream culture that even very casual movie-goers can grasp the references and in-jokes from Wade. Perhaps this itself shows the necessity for a movie so aware of every franchise. We know Batman, Captain America and the X-Men as well as friends from school. We may have forgotten them a little but the names and main traits are familiar.
Watching Deadpool 2 at home does deprive it of some of its charm. While some movies use the larger screen and surround sound to show of their special effects, Deadpool benefits from collaborative laughter. There’s extra glee in being surrounded by people who are also reminiscing to the times when sexual innuendo was 90% of their vocabulary.
This movie by no means masterpiece but it is excellent at what it does. It’s purile and appeals to the young or slightly immature, but with the comic timing and story most of us do not have. Most of us also do not have a soundtrack including an opening credits song performed by Celine Dion which is far too good a song to be expected attached to such a movie.
Dir: David Leitch
Scr: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Eddie Marsan, Stefan Kapicic
Prd: Simon Kinberg
DOP: Jonathan Sela
Music: Tyler Bates
Runtime: 120 minutes
Deadpool 2 is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital now.