When Deadpool arrived in 2016, it gave the the Marvel Franchise a fresh lease of life, self mocking, bloody violence and a non-family certificate can still generate enough cash to legitimise the franchise. But the undoubted fear does creep in with any film that was an unexpected hit and has to at the very least match it’s predecessor for entertainment. And with an exhausting, although admittedly very amusing, marketing campaign, it does set off alarm bells. Just look at any of the last few DC Universe adaptations.
The freelance red cladded merc is still killing bad guys but now on an international scale. But with his heart in one place, it only takes one incident to break it and not even his mutant powers are able to heal it. In a pool of self pity, old chrome comrade Collossus brings in Deadpool into the X-Men fold, as a trainee. Their first outing is to stop ‘Fire Fist’ Russell, (Hunt For The Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison )a kid trying to escape a youth correction facility and a creepy looking Eddie Marsden, the chief officer. Deadpool being Deadpool ends up getting himself and Russell locked up in the ‘Icebox’, a prison for mutants. In another timeline, Cable (Josh Brolin) stands over the corpse of his charred family and goes on a time travel expedition to the past to kill the perpetrator from committing the atrocity. Initially reluctant to help, Deadpool sets himself up with the task of saving Russell from Cable but also the greater task of steering Russell away from a life of destruction.
With John Wick director John Leitch at the helm, there is an upgrade in the violence and fighting choreography, whether it’s largely noticeable seems somewhat irrelevant as arguably the action is sometimes a bit nauseating after watching countless superhero films, it’s hard to feel impressed anymore. The emotional arc never quite feels right in Deadpool as the strength of Deadpool is in it’s heavy metal humour, which tonally is always at odds with one another, although for the purposes of plot, it’s hard to avoid. So the ultimate question is does it suffer from second sequel syndrome? Thankfully it doesn’t. It still stays true to it’s strengths and makes some improvements in the supporting cast. Julian Dennison proves he is more than a one hit wonder and often steals the light from Reynolds and Josh Brolin is more than suitable as the rugged relentless revenge seeking Cable. It’s more than fair to say the supporting cast are a little wasted, with exception to Domino (Zazie Beats). Terry Crews screen time is borderline criminal. One thankful note is that the trailers don’t impact too much on the fun. It’s hard to surpass the first time experience of watching Deadpool, but Deadpool 2 is probably armed with more gags that all hit the target that’ll leave you grinning wide at the end and craving chimichangas, hard to feel disappointed.