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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Deadpool 2 (2018) - "Chimichangas & Chuckles: Wade's Encore

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars)

Released 05-18-2018

Watched 03-08-2024

Reviewed 03-12-2024

Watched on Disney+

"With this collar on, my superpower is just unbridled cancer. Give me a bow and arrow and I'm basically Hawkeye."

As a dedicated fan of the original Deadpool, I approached Deadpool 2 with high expectations and a tinge of skepticism. Sequels have a notorious reputation for failing to live up to their predecessors, often relying too heavily on recycled jokes and lacking in originality. However, Deadpool 2 not only met but exceeded my expectations, delivering another uproariously funny and action-packed adventure with a surprisingly solid plot.

Let's address the downsides first, as they're inevitable in any review. Like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 occasionally falls victim to its own irreverence, with some jokes feeling forced or overly crude. However, this is a minor gripe in the grand scheme of things, as the majority of the humor lands with precision and wit, thanks in large part to Ryan Reynolds' impeccable comedic timing and delivery. Additionally, while the excessive violence and raunchy comedy may not be everyone's cup of tea, it's par for the course in the Deadpool universe and serves to enhance the film's irreverent charm rather than detract from it.

Now, onto the good stuff – and there's plenty of it. One of the most pleasant surprises of Deadpool 2 is its improved plot. While the first film was undeniably entertaining, its narrative felt contrived at times, serving primarily as a vehicle for Deadpool's antics rather than a cohesive story in its own right. In contrast, Deadpool 2 boasts a much stronger and more engaging plot, complete with compelling character arcs and surprising emotional depth.

At its core, Deadpool 2 is a story about redemption and self-discovery. Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool, finds himself grappling with feelings of guilt and remorse following a devastating personal loss. Determined to atone for his past mistakes, he embarks on a mission to protect a young mutant named Russell from the clutches of the villainous Cable. Along the way, Deadpool forms an unlikely team of fellow mutants, each with their own demons to confront.

What sets Deadpool 2 apart from its predecessor is its willingness to delve deeper into its characters' emotional struggles. While the first film certainly had its moments of poignancy, they were often overshadowed by the relentless barrage of jokes and action sequences. In Deadpool 2, however, the humor serves as a complement rather than a distraction, allowing moments of genuine heart and vulnerability to shine through.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Deadpool movie without plenty of over-the-top action and fourth-wall-breaking antics, and in this regard, Deadpool 2 certainly delivers. The action sequences are bigger and more bombastic than ever before, with jaw-dropping special effects and choreography that rival those of blockbuster superhero epics. And true to form, Deadpool's irreverent commentary and self-aware humor keep the audience laughing from start to finish.

In conclusion, Deadpool 2 is a worthy successor to the original film, delivering all the irreverent humor and over-the-top action that fans have come to expect, while also boasting a surprisingly strong plot with genuine emotional depth. Despite a few minor flaws, the film more than makes up for them with its sheer entertainment value and memorable characters. Whether you're a die-hard fan of the Deadpool comics or simply in the mood for a fun and irreverent superhero romp, Deadpool 2 is sure to leave you thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended.


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