Rating: 8.5 / 10
Deadpool is back.. and he's not coming alone. This is our spoiler free review of Deadpool 2 in theatres now!
With Deadpool 1 a huge success both with fans and critics, the expectations for it's sequel remained high, and boy did it meet them. Proving that the second coming was worth the wait, Ryan Reynolds brought us exactly the sequel that we needed. More laughs, more fourth wall breaking and more amazing action scenes, Deadpool 2 definitely lived up to the hype.
Deadpool 2 felt more like a movie. Sounds silly, but it's true. Deadpool 1 felt almost like a taster, a mere lick of the chimichanga, for what Ryan Reynolds & Co. had to offer, this time around, the chimichanga was piping hot and there was no messing about.
Easily matching the quality of the first film, Deadpool 2 revels in it's previous film's risks. It doesn't feel as if it needs to be hesitant with what it can do anymore, as DP rightly puts it in the opening scenes. Most of the characters get the right amount of screentime and the writing for their respective roles is superb.
One of the biggest joys of Deadpool is the sheer amount of meta-humour that can be filled into each and every scene, and trust us, it really doesn't disappoint. The trailers give away some of the more audience friendly jokes but the ones saved for the movie are (mostly) an absolute treat.
Despite all the fun we had, almost every film has it's flaws. That's not to say that Deadpool doesn't deliver, however there are some small criticisms that need to be made for this to be a proper review.
Our biggest criticism- even though it really is a nitpick- is that the X-Force weren't explored to their full potential. Spending a good portion of the second act setting up Bedlam, Shatterstar, Peter and of course Domino, it seemed as if the film had big plans for the new team. Although we won't go into details, the only character that did receive an apt amount of screen time was Zazie Beets' Domino, who was only improved during apparent re-shoots along with Josh Brolin's Cable.
However with an X-Force movie apparently on the cards, we can sure expect this to change as we explore more about Deadpool's new gender neutral crew.
Our second and final gripe is that the film can overly saturate a joke here or there for the sake of telling it- there are only a minute portion of the jokes in the film in which that happens to but other than that, we couldn't have enjoyed the film much more.
Another one of the great things about this movie is it's soundtrack and score. Celine Dion provides the beautiful yet satirical 'Ashes' performance for the film and it's inclusion is both meaningful and hilarious. Inclusion of other pop classics and lesser known songs also provide great double meanings for the context of the film.
Of course, it isn't a Deadpool movie without the huge amount of references to the outside world, including the MCU, DCEU- boy does that get some shade, Warner Bros and Cher- what more could you want?
Of course the film isn't necessarily a big shocker like last month's Avengers: Infinity War which left our nerves absolutely shredded, but it certainly doesn't mean it disappoints. The film is an absolute ride and exactly what you'd expect from a Deadpool sequel. We just have one question...
Thanks very much for taking the time to read our spoiler free review of Deadpool 2, in theatres around the globe right now. Come back later this week for our Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler Free Review and in a couple of weeks for our Spoiler Filled Podcasts for both Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story in which we will be going into every detail of the film and what we loved, what he hated and everything in between. Stay odd- A Space Oddity!
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