I was sort of considering not seeing Deadpool 2, as the corporate overlords decided to give the role of #NotMyCable to Josh Brolin, and not Stephen Lang. What a travesty. Deadpool 2 ruined my childhood.
No, in all seriousness, I really enjoyed watching Deadpool 2. It’s not a very good movie, but I still really enjoyed the positives the film has to offer.
For instance, Deadpool 2’s biggest bag of effective tricks is its comedy. The movie works best when it is effectively mocking the tropes of superhero movies, lazy narratives, contrived gimmicks, etc. Much like the first one, I really wish the trailers didn’t spoil some of the jokes, but there are still many funny moments that aren’t spoiled by the marketing.
There are many comedic and narrative bits that are, in my opinion, brilliant and hilarious. Unfortunately, there are also some jokes that do not land well at all, but the majority of the humor is fantastic.
The ensemble characters are all very entertaining if not a bit spread out and uncharacterized. Negasonic goes forgotten for most of the movie. T.J. Miller was thankfully not in the movie very much. Russel (played by Julian Dennison of “Hunt for Wilderpeople”), while I think did a good job, was not helped very much by the script.
The soundtrack is mostly uninspired, but man oh man, were there a small handful of songs that really caught me off guard, in a good way.
The action was brutal, well-choreographed, over-the-top, and interesting to watch.
Ryan Reynolds is still great in this movie even though I think the script often does nothing to help him out. Reynolds seems like he was born to play Deadpool even though whoever wrote the script was obviously not born to write Deadpool scripts.
And that’s the weakest part of the film: the script. When they aren’t trying to be funny, the dialogue is a pile of uninspired drivel. What’s so odd about this is that Deadpool is designed to be a character who openly ridicules narrative clichés, yet the movie simultaneously embraces horrible, cliché story elements without a hint of irony or self-awareness.
The movie is at its worst when it is at its most serious because the serious parts are so inundated with boring writing.
This is also, by the way, why Colossus feels so unnecessary in this movie. In Deadpool 1, Colossus was in the movie as a “voice of reason and sanity” (which Deadpool rejects). However, the movie forces many characters to be “voices of reason” for Deadpool during numerous parts of the film (especially during the beginning of the movie) and it made the movie feel weighed down as a whole.
Speaking of serious, another massive detractor was once again the romance aspect between Wade Wilson and what’s-her-face.
Deadpool’s obligatory love interest is solely in the movie to try to humanize him in a way that is completely unnecessary (which is why romances in Deadpool comics and video games are either non-existent or comical farces… not major plot points and motivations for Deadpool’s character).
The reason that this is such a problem is that this massive attempt to humanize Deadpool (who is just a big metaphor for nihilistic, gluttonous disdain for pop-culture and human decency) feels like a massive contradiction to his character. What’s worse is that this romance is one of the primary factors for the aforementioned terrible, serious, cliché dialogue.
If the serious parts were well-written and original, then I would have a lot less of a problem with them. Unfortunately, these parts are poorly written and unoriginal.
There are also many points within the narrative that feel rushed and/or disjointed. While doing some research, I discovered that the director for Deadpool 2 was also the director for Atomic Blonde, another overly rushed and disjointed movie. I was not shocked in the slightest.
There’s a lot of fun to be had by watching Deadpool. Normie reviewers will talk about how the “merc with the mouth is back”, and lots of people will talk about how funny the movie is. And DP2 is quite funny, and violent, and obscene. But when the comedy is absent, the cracks in the narrative are extremely obvious to me.