By Alex Harrison
Vancouverite Ryan Reynolds returns with his self-aware, foul mouthed and ultra-violent superhero Deadpool, in the characters titular sequel. There’s a lot to like in Deadpool 2: it’s a fun; action packed flick with its own brand of action set pieces that deliver as much on humour as they do on spectacle. However there may not be much for audiences not already acquainted with the films eponymous anti-hero.
Deadpool 2 drops audiences back in to the all too savvy shoes of its titular character as he struggles to find his place in the world, and maybe some kind of a family for him to belong to. It’s a tried and tested sequel trope that’s all too familiar to anyone that’s seen any franchise sequel of the last few decades. Deadpool 2 staves off yawns though with its own playful sense of humour that’s constructed with self-deprecating, pointedly vulgar gags and lashings of stylized violence. Director David Leitch has done a great job pacing the film so that it bounces along with enough speed that audiences won’t get bored, whilst at the same time not compromising on story or character development. Action set pieces litter the film and provide not only spectacle thrills but also a surprising amount of humour, which is definitely refreshing in amongst the overly saturated superhero film market. A cast of returning and new faces do a nice job delivering witty, sarcasm soaked dialogue, with a really notable performance in particular from Julian Dennison who some may remember from Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)
However, there are some aspects of Deadpool 2 that may jar with certain tastes. If you find constant reminders that: ‘you are watching a film’ to be irritating and trite, then stay clear; Deadpool 2 does not ease off on the originals constant winks and nods at its own artificiality. Meta-humour can be fun for five minutes, but when it’s slapping you in the face for two hours, some may find that jokes tend to be misses rather than hits. The film’s cartoonish treatment of extreme violence may also be off putting for some viewers; there are jokes that come off as a little too irresponsible for a film this self-aware. That being said, Deadpool 2 is designed from the ground up for fans of the character, and in this respect there probably aren’t many going to see it that aren’t fans already.
Deadpool 2 will delight fans of the character and the original film. If you’re not already a fan, and don’t think you’ll mind the characters own smug sense of humour then check it out. If not, there’s sure to be some other superhero film to watch.Deadpool