It’s amazing how much things can change in just a few short years. Back in 1991, comic book creators Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza unveiled a character to Marvel Comics simply named: Deadpool. He was originally conceived as a throwaway supervillain, but as time went on, Deadpool developed a fanbase. Soon, the character outgrew his sinister roots to become a joke making, fourth wall breaking, violence loving, antihero. Fifteen years later, an official movie was released in 2016 simply titled, “Deadpool.” The film was met with critical acclaim for its well-choreographed action, hilarious humor, and it even became one of the highest grossing R-Rated films out there. And now, two years later, its sequel has arrived.
“Deadpool 2” follows the story of Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), or as he’s known by most people: Deadpool, the merc with a mouth. After killing some time, and bad guys, Deadpool was hoping to take it easy and enjoy some quality time with his lover Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), but due to unforeseen circumstances, he’s forced back into the superhero game when he has to protect Russell (Julian Dennison), a young mutant with supernatural fire powers. As if trying to work with an angsty teen with superpowers wasn’t enough, Deadpool also has to contend with a mutant trying to hunt the kid down—a dangerous and cold-hearted cyborg from the future known as Cable (Josh Brolin). The film also features T.J. Miller, Brad Pitt, Terry Crews, and Leslie Uggams.
If the overall plot sounds crazy, then don’t worry, because that pretty much summarizes the entire Deadpool mythos. From the moment the movie begins, to after the credits roll, “Deadpool 2” is nonstop, unadulterated, pure fun. It’s the best kind of film that bridges the gap between a superhero action movie and a comedy, molding together into the perfect action/comedy!
As a comedy, “Deadpool 2” feels like a film Mel Brooks would make if he wanted to do a superhero movie. It’s the kind of film that’s not afraid to poke fun at itself, while also poking fun at other franchises. Although, one big part of the overall humor in the film is Deadpool’s method of breaking the fourth wall to make a reference to the audience.
I know for some viewers a comedy that relies on using references and meta humor might seem like a turnoff, which I can understand. Overuse of references was one of the main flaws that impacted Warner Brothers latest film: “Ready Player One.” However, what sets “Deadpool 2” apart from a film like “Ready Player One,” is that when Deadpool makes a meta-joke, even if you don’t get the reference, the way the joke is delivered is funny enough you won’t care if you didn’t get the reference; I’m speaking from experience, dear readers. This movie had me laughing so hard there were moments where I almost forgot to breathe!
Now, as an action movie, “Deadpool 2” is chock full of it. From fights with mutants, to gun battles, car chases, to straight out brawls and sword fights, the film has a little bit of everything for the hardcore action lover out there. And to add to the action, the film comes with its own selection of licensed songs from bands like A-Ha, AC/DC, Skrillex, Cher, and much more. However, there’s one important detail that moviegoers must be made aware of before they run off to see this film, and that’s the rating.
“Deadpool 2” is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references, and drug use—and believe me, the film really stretches that R rating as far as it can. Right from the beginning, the film makes it known that there will be violence, there will be gore, and an excessive amount of it too. So to all readers out there, please keep the rating system in mind when and if you consider letting your youths out to see “Deadpool 2.” Until they’re old enough, however, there’s always the Deadpool comic books. Regardless of the rating, this was one of the best and most fun movies I’ve seen in a long time. Which is why the final score for “Deadpool 2” is a solid 9.5 out of 10!
Marco Island resident and avid moviegoer, Matthew Mendisana is a Lynn University alumnus. While he possesses a bachelor’s degree in science, it’s the arts that attracted his attention. In his four years at Lynn, Matthew managed to achieve Magna Cum Laude status, earn three publications in the Lynn University magazine, make a short documentary featured in the university’s Film Festival, and created a radio PSA that was later broadcasted overseas.