Two years after the events of the first film, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) fights criminals independently, though sometimes with a little bit of aid from Dopinder (Karan Soni) as well. One night, a group of such criminals, in a surge of vengeance, attack his residence and end up killing his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Though Wade manages to kill the assailants, he ends up being devasted and suicidal.
How will Wade come out of his floundering state of mind? What would help him get back to his life and become what he used to be once again?
Positive Points: –
- Ryan Reynolds shines again as the Merc with the mouth and is the soul of the film (once again!)
- High octane action sequences which sit well with the humorous outline of the flick.
- The snarky, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek jokes along with the meta humour make Deadpool 2 an out and out entertainer.
- Excellent cinematography, editing and score.
- The mid-credits scene. It’s probably the best of its kind that has ever been made in cinema.
Negative Points: –
- While meta humour (which I also identified as its positivity) is funny and can keep the audience’s attention, Deadpool 2 sort of overuses it to such an extent that it felt as if the movie had nothing else to offer other than meta humour and R-rated action.
- As Reynolds exclaims twice in the film –Lazy writing – The flick is truly marred by a jerry-built storyline and screenplay which have nothing special to offer.
- Character development? What’s that?
- Though not completely vexing in nature, one cannot overlook the poorly done CGI, especially during the convoy chase sequence.
- A pathetic third-act.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
Directing movie like Deadpool 2 can be tricky at times because if it’s not clearly bad, then it’s always assumed to be good no matter how many shortcomings it exhibits. The makers of this feature knew exactly what to put in it to make it likeable but the hows and whens of the same weren’t really well set. Deadpool 2 has everything that we liked in the first film. It’s funny as hell, the meta references are smart and effective, the technical works (except the CGI) have been well executed and finally, the action is wonderful thanks to its violent yet quirky nature. David Leitch has been just on the other side of the line separating the good and the bad forms of filmmaking. He handles the action sequences pretty smartly and the most spectacular things in his work are the opening credits and the mid-credit sequences.
On the other side, Leitch’s direction lacked insight and that could be seen well in how different elements, including those in the actions montages, were handled. Leitch probably depended largely upon the supremacy of the screenplay and that’s what proved wrong for him. Just like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 lacks a compelling story. The screenplay’s strength apart from its humour is probably nothing else. No doubt, its breaking of the fourth wall is likeable but when that happens over and over again, it becomes excruciating to a certain extent. The characters are left underdeveloped particularly Brolin’s Cable and the potential emotional richness of the storyline has been ruthlessly obliterated. This is more visible in the third act where the pursuit of making things funny damages the humane elements of the film which would have indeed made it greater than what it is.
It’s Ryan Reynolds all over again and everyone else is probably just giving him a helping hand in this film. It would be superfluous to state that Reynolds nails his character once again in this sequel and ensures that no one else apart from him can fit in the shoes of Deadpool. He has already made a mark for himself in this avatar what Hugh Jackman did with Wolverine and Robert Downey Jr. with Iron Man.
Josh Brolin is a terrific and dependable actor that’s even more evident when we see him perform superlatively (of whatever was possible) in spite of being handed over a poorly crafted character.
Julian Dennison is probably the only person who stands strong beside Reynolds and gives a first-rate act. He is good in both the funny and sentimental sequences and it’d be interesting to see how they develop his character in the future instalments.
Zazie Beetz fits perfectly into the role of Domino. Karan Soni, Morena Baccarin, T. J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic and Briana Hildebrand justify their short stints.
Final Verdict: –
No matter how much I find faults in Deadpool 2, I can’t deny the fact that it’s thoroughly entertaining and seldom boring. It has all those elements which we liked (and disliked) in its predecessor which means that it’s getting all the love (or maybe even more) that Deadpool received. So yes I recommend you to go and watch this film and have a wonderful two hours of time. Remember; don’t miss its mid-credits scene. Thank me later for that advice! *Winks*