The sequel to the funniest Marvel movie is finally out, after what seems like far too long. Yes, DeadPool 2 was released this May. You know what that means? We have been blessed with not one but two Marvel films out in cinemas at the same time! Probably to help ease the pain from Infinity War. Although I don’t think that is really possible. With DeadPool rocking it on the marketing side, we must ask ourselves, is it as good as the hype and more importantly, how does it compare to the first? These are questions I will be answering so sit tight and keep your hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times.
Spoiler Free plot:
DeadPool (Ryan Reynolds) must protect a young mutant from Cable (Josh Brolin)…. simples.
To start off, the film is hilarious, as per usual so you don’t need to worry about being let down by Wilsons sense of humour. Once again the film relies on one liners, 4th wall breaks and the interesting use of music. Any piece of music that in no way fits with what is happening on screen is sure to make even the toughest of people laugh. There is also some visual comedy chucked in there for all you film nerds who love a good camera technique. Comedy is also created through some brilliant film/pop culture references. In particular, links to both the DC and Marvel universe, showing the 4th wall comedy at play. There are some unexpected cameos (the best kind) and recurring gags set from the previous movie. However, for me, the funniest part of the film was the end credit scene. Therefore, a word of advice is “suck it up and wait a few extra minutes”! It is a hilarious bonus and lasts much longer than a traditional Marvel end credits scene. Finally, we are given more than 15 seconds of footage.
You can tell from this list of funny features, that DeadPool 2 is brilliant at creating comedy. Nevertheless, I am still unsure if it is as good as the first. Additionally, It is also safe to say that some of the humour is removed, as some of the great one liners we shown in the trailers. This did remove the impact of these jokes, as we have already heard them once before but don’t worry, there are still plenty more unspoilt gags within the film.
Moving away from my little genre analysis, it’s time to get into the narrative. The film carries itself as a traditional Marvel movie, despite being separated from the MCU. Everything is action packed while focusing on characters overcoming personal issues and there is usually some form of love interest involved. Check, check and check. It plays out how you would expect but it’s how the film gets to that end point that is the important part. Once again, like any superhero movie (not just Marvel), the actions of the characters have no real consequence. You never really need to worry about what happens to anyone, a convention that DeadPool sticks to. Despite this, the film is quite emotional. I never thought that DeadPool would make me cry but I was proved very wrong. DeadPool was supposed to ease the pain from Infinity War, not just give us more pain! The mood created by Marvel really has changed since April.
Another similarity between Infinity War and DeadPool 2 and even Black Panther is the motive from the villain is merited and we are given a background story to give us to context. You understand and kind of support his reasons for carrying out his mission. For me, the best villains are those who make you question whose side you are really on. I am not going to go into any more detail about this, as I don’t want to spoil anything.
Keeping with the theme of characters, the overall cast of this film was great. There was such a diverse representation within the film, including races, sexuality, sexes an even medical conditions. This was something that Reynolds wanted to include and I am so glad he did. I am pleased that films have started to include a large variety of people, to ensure that everyone is represented. We got lesbian superheroes! People come in all shapes and sizes so our heroes should too.
Overall, DeadPool two is exactly what you would expect and more. It is hands down hilarious, sticks to the Marvel narrative tropes and shows a diverse range of characters. Anyone who loved the first or any action comedy should definitely give this one a watch.
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