By Dave B.
It isn’t often that a movie sequel matches or exceeds the first installment, but Deadpool 2 (20th Century Fox, Marvel) does a pretty decent job of being at least as good as the original Deadpool film, if not better. Strong performances, a lot of humor, decent action, and legitimate stakes lead me to believe that Deadpool 2 will be even more successful than Deadpool.
Unsurprisingly, Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) provides the driving energy in this movie. He’s funny, irreverent and charming, just like he was in Deadpool. Recent comic book star, Josh Brolin (Cable), is a solid straight man and adds some surprisingly welcome gravitas to the franchise. The entire supporting cast excels, but Zazie Beetz (Domino) really stands out. She has serious A-List movie star potential, and she plays Domino with the perfect balance of cockiness and poise.
Although there are similarities, the tone of Deadpool 2 is fundamentally different than that of the first movie and that’s a point in its favor. Whereas Deadpool was an action-packed comedy that tore down the fourth wall, Deadpool 2 is a much more serious movie, that only taps the wall occasionally. It’s hilarious at points. It’s funniest moments are certainly funnier than anything in the original. But, as the movie makes clear, this installment is about family and how people can be there for each other, regardless of how damaged they are. I loved Deadpool, but a straight reprise of it might have bored me and Deadpool 2 has incomparably more heart.
Deadpool 2 isn’t going to set Infinity Wars-type box office records. Being rated R, it’s not supposed to. But in some ways, it’s a better movie than the most recent installment of Avengers. It’s shorter, it doesn’t have to fit in dozens of characters, and it doesn’t require the same emotional investment. In short, it’s a lot more fun. I highly recommend this movie and if you have a couple hours and some cash to spare, I hope you check it out. 8.5/10