#MovieReviewMondays: "Deadpool 2"

Deadpool 2 was directed by David Leitch, and stars Ryan Reynolds as the titular anti-hero on a quest to save a young mutant boy (Julian Dennison) from the mysterious time-traveler Cable (Josh Brolin).

As a sequel with lofty expectations on its shoulders, this film improves upon aspects from the previous Deadpool (2016) in virtually every single way.

First and foremost is the substance of the film itself. It should be obvious, but this isn’t a superhero movie. It is a satire. And the jokes, references, callbacks, and easter-eggs are all on-par if not superior to those in the first film. They are funnier, more thought out, and smarter. Seriously, you may die laughing after the credits roll. Even the musical score is a spoof.

Then there’s the action. In all honesty, the first film was nothing special in this aspect. However, Leitch, being a co-director of action hits John Wick (2014) and Atomic Blonde (2017), the action is exponentially better than that of the previous film.

Every actor brings their absolute A-game. Everyone knows exactly what type of movie this is and build off its bizarre nature. Ryan Reynolds returns to his full glory as Deadpool himself, while Brolin gives a severe, anguished performance as Cable. Zazie Beetz, fresh off of her Atlanta (2016-present) glory, adds the sassy brilliance we all know and love as the heroine Domino.

All that being said, this is still far from a perfect movie. Much of the criticism comes from some technical aspects of the move.

The CGI can be distracting at some points, but considering that Deadpool 2 has half the budget of most superhero movies, it is easy to let this slide, especially since none of it is necessarily bad.

The real dilemma comes from the pacing and editing. Again, if you come into this expecting a full-blown comedy, it is easy to ignore, but the editing can be plain bad at some points, and pacing is relatively inconsistent.

However, in terms of general shot-composition, Deadpool 2 succeeds for the most part.

There are also odd moments where the film tries to be sincere and serious, but considering Deadpool’s character, none of them really work. Of course, there are moments making fun of these types of moments, but when the director actually tries to do them, it just comes across as cringy and annoying.

Consensus

Technical gripes aside, Deadpool 2 still portrays absolute brilliance as a well-made, self-aware satire. With cameos-galore and arguably the best post-credits scene in the history of film, this is one movie to look out for.

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