Kyle J. Steenblik

Deadpool 2 is Better than a Smothered Chimichanga[Review]

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Deadpool 2
Directed by David Leitch
Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Based on Deadpool by Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy
Production companies Marvel Entertainment, Kinberg Genre, Maximum Effort, The Donners’ Company
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date May 18, 2018
Running time 119 minutes
Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material
4 1/2 stars out of 5
After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover. —Twentieth Century Fox

Deadpool 2 pushed past the bar set by its predecessor in many ways to join the ranks of sequels that are better than the original.  A full-blown action comedy that is so much fun to watch the two-hour runtime flies by.  Deadpool 2 is easily one of the most hilarious comedies aimed at comic book fans ever produced.  The film is packed with inside jokes, cameos, and more enough fourth wall breaking that conventional wisdom of filmmaking flies right out the window.  It is the type of film that audiences with either love or hate, there is going to be very little middle ground for the undecided, but I think even those that hate it will find something to love, which will make their hate all the more confusing.  If I had to guess the hypothetical haters are just taking everything too seriously and hate fun.

In Deadpool 2 several new characters are introduced.  Notably, Cable and Domino played perfectly by Josh Brolin and, Zazie Beetz both of whom portray these characters as independently bad-ass and fully formed counterweights to Wade Wilson/Deadpool.  I know several audience members I spoke with after the screening said they were their favorite parts of the film, especially Domino.  Zazie Beetz was a joy to watch, her performance was self-assured and dynamic, playing off of Ryan Reynolds’ off the wall Deadpool with ease.

Where things become tiring, at times, is the sometimes-forced humor.  While it works most of the time, there are points when the joke misses the mark and feels unnatural.  While an unnatural feeling joke is absolutely the standard for Deadpool as a character, there are times when it is apparent they are being outrageous simply because they can.  Without giving away too much, one scene which involved some nudity ran far too long just to allow a few additional gags.  All in all, these moments were not enough to diminish the overall entertainment factor by too much.

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