Arts movie review

‘Luck’s not a real superpower!’

The curse of being a self-aware, type three immortal

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Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) tries to appeal to Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) when he is in dire need of his aid.
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Deadpool 2
Directed by David Leitch
Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, and Zazie Beetz
Rated R
Now Playing

Deadpool’s return to the big screen was what one would expect from the infamous anti-hero: foul-mouthed, action-packed, hilarious, and full of irrelevant references. Whether you’ve heard that the sequel is comparable, worse, or even better than the first, I still think the movie is worth a watch at least once in your lifetime.

Deadpool 2 tries to take a slightly different look at Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) by humanizing him more than the first movie did. When he realizes the danger that faces a young mutant boy, Firefist (Julian Dennison), Deadpool tries his best to protect him from Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-traveling cyborg bent on getting revenge. In order to accomplish this, the anti-hero goes through a variety of shenanigans, including creating an X-Force by recruiting the likes of Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Shatterstar (Lewis Tan).

Unfortunately, it’s a rather daunting task to try and compact all of Deadpool 2 in a meager review while also trying not to spoil anything major. I can see the man himself right now scoffing at my attempts while getting himself shot in the butt, though I suppose that’s also indicative of the tune that the movie follows: Deadpool just winging it until he actually figures out the solution to his problem at hand.

Deadpool 2 also indulges itself by playing with classic movie cliches while not being a very cliche movie at its core. Deadpool just loves dabbling with the same themes that everyone is used to seeing while also making fun of them at the same time. He gets shot down and wants to try his hand at redemption? He could go the traditional route. Or he could do it while massacring a whole baddy base or revitalizing himself with a soft, fluffy bag of cocaine. He meets Firefist for the first time and tries to stop him from losing control of his powers by talking some sense into him? Sure, why not. But first, let’s give Deadpool a few good seconds of laughing his ass off at the poorly-chosen superhero name of “Firefist” first. As one might be able to tell, no good thing can be enjoyed in its pure form while Deadpool’s around. Heck, even his death in the movie isn’t conventional, as much as they make you think it will be.

Other things to note about the movie: it’s probably more gory than the first Deadpool movie so all ye who be squeamish should be wary; you should probably catch up on any of Ryan Reynolds’s old superhero movie roles before jumping headfirst into the bloody, murky waters of Deadpool 2; and expect an excellent soundtrack to be played at all the wrong times.

After this movie, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more DeadpoolxColossus fanart tainting the world along with an increased number of Google searches of “What the fuck is dubstep?” Oh and also, as with any good Marvel movie, don’t forget to stay until the very, very end of the credits! It’ll be a good time.