Director David Leitch
Genre Action | Adventure | Comedy
Cast Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin
Release Date May 18th, 2018
Directed by stuntman turned director David Leitch, who assisted on John Wick and recently directed Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2 is the highly anticipated sequel for Marvel's foul-mouthed "superhero". The trailers were able to shed some light on the film and revealed a few additions to the cast, including Terry Crews and young New Zealand born actor Julian Dennison. Plus, the X-Force is introduced. After a ridiculous marketing campaign beginning with a trailer that was a spoof of the late and great American painter Bob Ross, Deadpool 2 is FINALLY here!! The cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand, Zazie Beetz, Terry Crews, and Karan Soni.
Hilarious yet surprisingly heartfelt and unpredictable, Deadpool 2 is the well-rounded and violently satisfying sequel fans were hoping for. Deadpool supporters and newcomers alike will absolutely love this movie, simple as that. Ryan Reynolds and Wade Wilson are cut from the same cloth. This time around, Reynolds was more involved and actually co-wrote the script, ensuring viewers are treated to a plethora of hilarious and witty one-liners. Deadpool 2 definitely holds true to the R-rating with enough profanity to corrupt an entire population of do-gooders. The movie took quite a few turns I honestly didn't expect, especially when referring to the emotional depth at the heart of the backstory. For me this was much appreciated and really took things to another level. Sure the first film was dark and very real at times, but Deadpool 2 ups the ante with a difficult subject matter while maintaining its trademark comedic undertone. Wade Wilson relishes in the opportunity to "break the 4th wall" once again, and it happens early and often in Deadpool 2. The film is very much over-the-top and goofy at times, but this is clearly by design and it absolutely works. The cinematography is amazing and is leaps and bounds above the first film, with a number of shots having almost an art house film feel to them- just great attention to detail and camerawork. I talked a lot about the depth of the primary villain Thanos in my Avengers: Infinity War review, and here I am again thoroughly impressed with Cable in Deadpool 2. It's refreshing to have some complex bad guys for a change instead of the run of the mill "I want to take over the world just because" characters we are used to. Bottom line, Deadpool 2 hits the nail on the head in pretty much every category that matters and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
Wade Wilson relishes in the opportunity to "break the 4th wall" once again, and it happens early and often in Deadpool 2. The film is very much over-the-top and goofy at times, but this is clearly by design and it absolutely works. The cinematography is amazing and is leaps and bounds above the first film, with a number of shots having almost an art house film feel to them- just great attention to detail and camerawork. I talked a lot about the depth of the primary villain Thanos in my Avengers: Infinity War review, and here I am again thoroughly impressed with Cable in Deadpool 2. It's refreshing to have some complex bad guys for a change instead of the run of the mill "I want to take over the world just because" characters we are used to. Bottom line, Deadpool 2 hits the nail on the head in pretty much every category that matters and I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish.
I really enjoyed the cast for Deadpool 2 from top to bottom, just a fantastic mix of talent. Make no mistake, star Ryan Reynolds is the biggest reason for the success of both Deadpool films. I can't recall an actor fully immersing himself in such a unique character to this degree, and we are all lucky he signed on to be a part of this franchise. He was literally born to play Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool and you can just feel how much he is enjoying this character. It's gotten to a point now where Ryan Reynolds as an actor is literally a culmination of all of his best comedic performances, and he is putting all of that energy into this character. Reynolds was already one of my favorite actors before he took on the role of Deadpool, but the man who has the gorgeous Blake Lively in bed next to him every night sure seems to have it all. At this point we may have to admit that Josh Brolin has cornered the market for superhero villains. I mean he was incredible in his portrayal of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, and without missing a beat he crushes his performance as Cable in Deadpool 2. Brolin has become a top-tier actor throughout his impressive career that began in 1985. Few people know that Brolin's on-screen debut was the cult classic The Goonies, starring alongside Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. He played the role of the tough guy known only as Brand, with his cutoff shirt and red bandana. He has been in a TON of movies since, and one of my favorites in the last 15 years is 2007's No Country for Old Men. Acting is in his blood as he followed in the footsteps of his father James Brolin, an accomplished actor who began his career in 1961 and is still acting today. Similar to his role as Thanos, Brolin adds incredible emotional depth to Cable and is the perfect portrayal of a man dealing with great pain. I really couldn't picture anyone else in this role. Brolin and Reynolds have incredible on-screen chemistry.
I was thrilled when I found out that little known actor Julian Dennison was given a starring role in Deadpool 2. A New Zealand native, Dennison is best known for his role in the coming-of-age drama Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It seems he may have indirectly found himself an in due to the fact that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, who is also from New Zealand, directed Hunt for the Wilderpeople back in 2016. I know I keep saying this but if you have yet to see this gem of a movie- get on it! And I'm also fine with the fact that to an extent he played the exact same character in Deadpool 2- it suits him well. They got it right adding Zazie Beetz into the mix as Domino- because as my boy Justin Timberlake would say, she is "bringing sexy back". Not only is she looking damn good in this movie, she adds a much needed female presence to balance out Deadpool's endless running stream of testosterone. Remember her name because this is a female actress to watch in Hollywood, trust me on that. I also need to give a shout out to Karan Soni who plays the role of cab driver Dopinder. He was excellent in the first film so I was pleased to see he was brought back and was given even more screen time in Deadpool 2. He already had great chemistry with Reynolds but it was through the roof this time around. Give the guy an Oscar! (kidding obviously, but man is he funny).
I was looking forward to Deadpool 2 for quite some and it met my lofty expectations, and then some. This is an absolute blast and after seeing it for the first time I couldn't wait to go back and see it again (I was back within 48 hours). It is obvious that Ryan Reynolds is truly enjoying his time as Deadpool, and that feeling is passed on to viewers. People are going to try and compare Deadpool 2 and Avengers: Infinity War but that is really not a comparison you can make as these two films stand on their own two feet. I do find it interesting that hardcore Marvel fans who went to see Infinity War 3 times or more seemed okay with waiting a few days after release to see this movie, but I am NOT like them. When it comes to a Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds involved I will be there opening night. If you enjoyed the first film and can appreciate raunchy humor with a dash of compassion, Deadpool 2 is a movie you need to see as soon as possible. I heard a rumor that the Blu-ray version may release with an additional 30 minutes of footage so I plan on picking that up on day one as well. Highly recommended.