Alright look. I don’t have any sort of deep, philosophical thoughts that are way up my own ass today about human psychology or the value of sentimental material goods. Haven’t exactly done enough today to warrant that kind of thinking.
All I’ve really done was clean the downstairs bathroom and watch Deadpool 2.
As much as I have spent time talking about my cleaning habits in the past, there’s clearly a much more overwhelming force taking up brain space right now that I need to vent.
An X-Force, if you will. Because movie humor.
So I’m going to blather on for a while to debrief after that rollercoaster of a movie. Cool? Cool.
If I get into anything spoiler-y I promise I’ll let you know ahead of time. I’ll also put it under a ‘read more’ line on the blog here just in case.
Like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 is an incredible amount of fun. Like an obscene amount of fun.
I’ll be completely honest, as much as I adored the first Deadpool movie, I expected the sequel to falter in comparison simply due to the “been-there-done-that” mentality. It can’t be a groundbreaking and hilarious R-rated superhero movie that shocks audiences every time, right?
Well it held up infinitely better than I expected.
Rather than becoming a simply bland second-take retread of the ground its predecessor walked, Deadpool 2 seemed to take the creative license it warranted from its original successes and took things up to 11.
The gore and brutality was unflinching and at times even uncomfortable for me. That’s saying something too, as I tend to be a pretty stoic person when it comes to cartoon violence. The film crew seemed to learn from their first go-around that if audiences can handle staring through bullet holes and seeing people slammed into jelly against a highway overpass sign once, there’s no need to shy away when every detail of things like bodies being ripped in half can be shown.
The meta humor was as on-point as before, and if anything dug deeper. As a semi-spoiler of sorts, the opening credits for the movie are styled like a James Bond movie where all of the classic over-imposing woman figures have been replaced by Deadpool himself. Yet if that weren’t enough, just like in the first film, every credit references something happening in the movie rather than actual cast members. But then they go even deeper than that by managing to fit in spoilers to OTHER movies within the opening credits to the movie.
That’s not even limited to what you might expect, like the fourth wall breaking “Matha” jokes from Batman v. Superman or X-Men franchise spoilers. I’m talking movies you would never expect to get close to associating with Deadpool 2.
Of course that’s just the tip of the iceberg, and I won’t go into too much else about the truly crazy cameos and spoilers since they deserve to be seen in the film itself. Plus plenty of media outlets have already dissected then.
God knows I’m reading all of those right now and loving every single bit of it.
However, probably the thing that struck me the most about Deadpool 2 in comparison to Deadpool 1 was the fact that everyone knew to keep in the serious heart of the flick. After the first film I would’ve expected the second to be just a free-for-all in terms of comedy and plot. We’ve already established Ryan Reynolds in this role as being the merc with a mouth who doesn’t give a damn, he could have easily ran around for the entire runtime just making throwaway jokes and inserting action scenes.
That would’ve been a fun movie too, honestly.
But it’s not that movie. Entirely at least. Reynolds himself explains in some of the marketing and very early in the film that Deadpool 2 is about family as much as 1 was about love.
That’s the through-line for the plot, as goofy a vessel for referential superhero clichés and cameos as it was. And that through-line works quite well all things being equal.
For example, and again semi-spoilers here, the James Bond opening sequence works so well in-part because it follows just after an actually somewhat heartstrings tugging scene of pain for Deadpool akin to the heavy, torture-ridden back story portions of the first movie that made audiences feel sympathetic to the guy in-between his nasty (yet highly charming) gravitas.
I actually really appreciate the fact that they had the sense to keep Deadpool 2 enough of a “real movie” to ensure that kind of investment stuck rather than letting the film be the pure meme-fest it could have been.
Because I’ll be honest, I tend to be a connoisseur of Internet-era memes and humor, but Deadpool 2 resonated as hard for me as the first because it let the leader of the X-Forces fondle his feelings of family as readily as he did on the first go-around.
So yes, long story short, I would highly recommend Deadpool 2 for filmgoers. Particularly those that love the superhero genre and all the dumb things that underscore it as much as I do.
Though I ESPECIALLY recommend it to those of you that loved the first movie. All things being equal it’s just more of the same, but I would say it’s more of the same taken to the nth degree in the best possible way.
Plus it made me want to see an entire franchise just following Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her girlfriend because they were the cutest for all three scenes they appeared in.
10/10 romance, would ship again.