Deadpool 2 (2018)

Hey, so chances are that you like Deadpool, right? The movie did pretty well with most people, finding the proper balance between self-aware superhero parody, love story, and action film. Sure, it’s a little inconsistent and not all the jokes work, and the story is pretty generic beyond its new profane coat of paint, but it’s a fun movie, according to most—including myself. And, if you liked Deadpool, get ready for another couple of hours of it, since Deadpool 2 is pretty much just the same.

I mean, it comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, but if you liked Deadpool—shock of all shocks—you’ll probably enjoy its sequel, since it’s more of the same type of movie. This one has a better cast and a more engaging plot, but it feels a little stale due to how similar it feels to its predecessor, and more of the jokes fail to land. It’s a case of two steps forward, one and a half steps back. Is it “better”? I suppose. It’s got more going on, that’s for sure. For some of you, more is better.

Deadpool 2 follows its eponymous hero, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), as he tries to protect a young mutant (Julian Dennison) from Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-traveler who has come back to the past with the sole purpose of killing this kid. Why? You’ll find out. There are a couple of twists and turns that I don’t want to spoil, since they’re part of what makes the movie fun. Speaking of, if you haven’t seen Logan yet and want to avoid spoilers, maybe do that before checking out this one.

The action is solid, the jokes are many and profane, the cast is good, the plot takes us on more of a journey … and yet somehow I feel fatigued by much of Deadpool 2. I think it’s just because of how similar, especially when it comes to the jokes, it feels to its predecessor. I felt like I’d heard half of them before. Ha ha, T.J. Miller said Deadpool looks like an avocado without his mask! Classic. A lot of them either miss or don’t hit anywhere near as strongly as they did before.

And while that sounds negative, and it is, it’s still not a terribly large complaint. With the amount of jokes that are thrown at us, there are still many that will easily incite laughter. And because the plot is more intricate and engaging, there are a greater number of supporting characters, and the action is still good, chances are that you’re going to have a good time with the movie. I did. Truly and honestly, I had a good amount of fun with Deadpool 2. It even tries—with moderate success—to have thematic depth.

Deadpool 2 is a funny movie filled with some good action, an engaging supporting cast, and a solid plot. If it stutters, it’s from some inconsistency and with several of its jokes failing to land. It feels a little stale compared to the breath of fresh air that was the first film. Is that enough to significantly diminish the fun? No, it’s not. Deadpool 2 is a lot of fun, and if you liked its predecessor, this is more of what you enjoyed. You’ll have a good time with it, too. It might be in your best interest not to watch them back to back, though.

Conclusion: Deadpool 2 is funny and has solid action. It’s enjoyable!

Recommendation: If you liked Deadpool, you’ll like Deadpool 2.

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