Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as the “Merc with a Mouth” in this year’s second-most anticipated superhero sequel – Deadpool 2. Filled with the same wise cracking jokes, pop-cultural references and 4th wall breaking antics of the first Deadpool, fans of the original should not be disappointed with Deadpool 2.

Which kinda runs into what may be potentially the main issue for moviegoers. This movie plays it a bit too safe with the Deadpool formula. Other than building on the ensemble cast, nothing really crazy or truly new occurs. Heck, even the plot’s premise is very reminiscent of Terminator 2. So if you’re looking for something new, you ain’t getting it here, which is a bit of a disappointment given Deadpool 2 is a satirical take on the ensemble superhero movie.

Now this doesn’t mean that Deadpool 2 hasn’t improved. From a technical standpoint, this film was so much better and bigger than the first Deadpool, well, everything but some poor CGI for a special minor character. Which for those who were a fan of the PS2 and early PS3 graphics, it’s going to be blast of nostalgia of old action cutscenes, and PTSD for DC fans still dealing with memories of Steppenwolf.

Speaking of nostalgia, the music selection for Deadpool 2 was just brilliant. With not only some of the best timing I’ve seen in a while, but also some pop culture references/jokes for every Easter Egg hunter to discover. Which I might add that there is a crack ton of it, right next to the cure for blindness. Moviegoers will be able to listen many different genre of iconic songs, from Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” to “Bangarang” (feat. Sirah) from Skrillex. With what I would even argue, is Celine Dion’s best decision ever. Her song “Ashes” for the opening credits was very entertaining and well suited for the aesthetics they choose this time around. Starting the movie with a good laugh was really what we needed after the great finger snap.

So, coming back to the topic of growing the cast. Deadpool 2 definitely makes some very interesting choices that really work. For example, Thanos was just brilliant as the time travelling badass mutant, Cable, who travels back in time to kill Russel “Firefists” Collins life, played by Julian Dennison. Good luck saving the kid from Thanos, I mean Cable, Wade Wilson.

 

As the main plot device of a character (I promise that it’s not just a Macguffin), Julian Dennison showed off some excellent acting, though is somewhat eclipsed by Zazie Beetz as Neena “Domino“ Thurman. A truly standout character, this mutant has probability-altering powers, which leads to some truly memorable and cinematic moments. Imagine Final Destination like action scenes in Deadpool 2, which really do justice to Domino’s name. All of which makes me hope that she gets a spin-off movie of her own to continue this once-struggling franchise. As we all remember how badly Deadpool was portrayed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also the “leaked” test footage for Fox to finally give the greenlight for the first Deadpool film.

Now a juggernaut of a franchise with a sure to be successful sequel, this really does help break the monotony of comic book movies. Ryan Reynolds, who is I believe is irrefutably irreplaceable as Wade Wilson, is someone that truly can ties all the comic book movies together for the fans. Not only does Deadpool make fun of itself, it makes fun of everyone. A true comedy first and action movie second, it fills a void that not even Thor: Ragnarok could fill. Now not all the jokes will hit, but I swear the ones that do will hit hard. Hard enough for the whole cinema to burst out in genuine laughter multiple times.

I really can’t wait to see where he takes Deadpool next, especially with the introduction of X-Force and its planned movie to be directed by Drew Goddard. Perhaps we can even end on a high note for Deadpool 3, unlike that horrible disappointing film – Iron Man 3 film. Which I mention, since turning Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool into another Robert Downey Jr./Tony Stark would be fantastic for the X-men universe. Heck, imagining his character popping into all the other Marvel movies, once the Disney and Fox merger actually happens. Ahhh, the glorious 4th wall breaking antics will be epic, especially if he teams up with his best pal Spidey.

Oh, lastly about post credit scenes. There are none at the very end, but the mid-credit sequences was well worth waiting for. All I can say is this, if any of what he does becomes canon in the Deadpool universe, I really can’t wait for the hilarious plot in Deadpool 3 to fix everything.

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8/10 – It would be higher, but I heard that they actually deleted some scenes in the movie and I wished they took the 4th wall breaking antics even further. I do hope that they kept all those scenes and plan on putting it in the DVD/Blu-ray release.