With Lots of Action, Laughs and Surprises, ‘Deadpool 2’ Is A Solid Sequel, Reminiscent of Its Beloved Predecessor (Spoiler-Free Review)

Wade Wilson is back in action as the merc with the mouth in the highly anticipated follow-up from 2016’s Deadpool. Now, we probably all know by now that there is a ‘curse’ that follows sequels like a shadow and I can easily say that Deadpool 2 thankfully doesn’t suffer the same fate.

In Deadpool 2, we continue to follow Wade Wilson on his journey as a mercenary but this time, things are a little different. After taking on a job that leads to a series of unfortunate events in Wade’s life, he is taken in by Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) to become an X-men trainee – something that Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) loves to remind him of as often as she can. Their initial mission includes finding a young mutant by the name of Russell (Julian Dennison) who is currently out of control.

At this point, Deadpool doesn’t know that the time traveling mutant, Cable (Josh Brolin), is also looking for Russell. However, Cable’s motives for finding the teenage mutant appear to be much more sinister. In an effort to protect Russell, Wade decides that he’s going to assemble his own team of mutants and humans, dubbing them X-Force. During this recruitment is when the audience is introduced to Domino (Zazie Beetz), whose powers include probability manipulation – in essence, making her lucky, which Wade believes isn’t a power (but just wait until he sees Domino’s powers in action).  Other team recruits include Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard) and lastly, the powerless Peter (Rob Delaney) – much to Dopinder’s (Karan Soni) chagrin.

With his band of misfits now assembled, Deadpool sets off to save Russell and hopefully the world. But of course, things are not always as they seem and Cable is a much stronger opponent than Deadpool and the others anticipate. Needing to use the full gamut of their powers, as well as keep their wits about them, X-Force has a tough task ahead if they want to stop Cable and any other threats that might get in their way.

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Deadpool sporting his X-men trainee shirt in Deadpool 2 (Courtesy of 20th Century Fox)

Much like its predecessor, Deadpool 2 highlights the perfect pairing between action and comedy. Directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), Ryan Reynolds once again gives the audience more reason to believe he truly is Wade Wilson incarnate. The one significant difference between this film and the first one is that this film forces Wade to work in a large team. No longer working as a lone wolf, Wade has to put together a team to battle a force he has no idea to how to stop while trying to save a kid he barely knows. It’s a different side of Deadpool than we’re used to but Reynolds plays the role just as well. Flying solo or in unison with his new team, it all works brilliantly.

However, franchise newcomer, Zazie Beetz, is a force to be reckoned with. In her role as Domino, she is definitely a scene stealer and the interactions between herself and Wade demonstrate just how great the chemistry between Beetz and Reynolds truly is. My only wish is that we got to see more of Domino, and more of Beetz and Reynolds playing off one another. In regards to the other mutants surrounding themselves with Deadpool, Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand knock their respective X-men roles of Colossus and Negasonic out of the park once again and Josh Brolin surprised me in the role of Cable. I didn’t know what to expect, because he was never my top choice for the role but he definitely did a great job as the menacing time traveler. The chemistry and banter between each and every character is top notch, and is most definitely a vehicle for some of the film’s best comedic moments.

An added bonus for the film was the use of soundtrack. With songs that ranged from Pat Benatar, Cher, Skrillex, Run the Jewels and more, there is a little bit of something for everyone in the soundtrack. I’d certainly say that my favourite musical moment was the usage of the new Celine Dion song, “Ashes”. It was an iconic clash of two Canadians and it couldn’t have been done any better in the film.

Tying together great characters, acting, music, comedy and plenty of surprises to excite and woo the audience, Deadpool 2 was everything I expected it to be and more. If you enjoyed the first film, there is a lot of what made it great, while still managing to fit in the new characters and a new team that the audience will definitely love. For me, it certainly lived up to the hype of the first movie and is a great addition to the Deadpool/X-Force family.

Be sure to catch Deadpool 2 when it hits theaters this Friday!

 

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