Ever since the movie ‘Deadpool‘ came out in 2016, the genre of Superhero movies got a new life of their own. It was no longer following the plain origin story format of a superhero whereby each of these superheroes became larger than life characters as under the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the foreshadowing dark alleys of the DC Universe where the psyche of Superman was explored, rather than his powers.
Marvel’s favorite mercenary Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson) was a fresh breath of air simply because he did not pretend to be a superhero but rather, a “Motor mouth” man with extreme abilities of combat and a sense of humor that is purely his own.
Picking off where things were left in Deadpool (2016), our protagonist has now branched out to international chaos where he fights and then kills various villains from Tokyo to Belize. He is unsuccessful, though, to kill one man who retaliates by taking away someone he loves the most. Thereafter, Deadpool spirals into grief and depression where his “friends”, Colossus and Negasonic, rescue him and give him a new sense of purpose. He is now a trainee X-Men.
During his first mission as a trainee, Deadpool encounters a young boy who calls himself ‘Firefist’ (as he can literally shoot fireballs from his hands) who is threatening to kill the headmaster of his mutant rehabilitation academy. One thing leads to another, Deadpool and Firefist are now locked up in the Ice Box (a special jail for mutants) where they are soon rescued by Cable (Josh Brolin), a mutant from the future. Cable has his own mission- he wants to kill Firefist because the boy grows up to do serious crimes.
The plot may not be much and not very big but the chase and run story covers the whole film as Deadpool suffers several throwbacks, he creates a gender sensitive team called X-Force (and not X-Men) which has heroes like Bedlam, Domino, Vanisher and many more. He comes to term with his grief, learns to do the right thing and keep his heart in the right place. At the end of the day, expecting Deadpool to go through profound character development will be asking for too much but that is exactly what happens here.
The movie is extremely enjoyable, every moment is “blink and miss” situation as it is peppered with ‘Easter Eggs’. Deadpool breaks the Fourth Wall often as he is prone to do: he references the MCU (even straight up telling Cable to “Zip it, Thanos” because Brolin incidentally played the villain in the Avengers: Infinity War released in April) , the DC universe, and the X-Men themselves.
There are cameos from various celebrities and famous actors peppered through out the movie (watch out for Brad Pitt, especially). Deadpool’s original X-Force may not have fared as well as he expected them to but Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgård and Rob Delaney were hilarious in their short but fun roles. Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams and Karan Soni played strong and able supporting characters. Zazie Beetz as Domino and Julian Dennison as Firefist were exceptional, as was Josh Brolin as Cable, who felt like the main villain for a moment but managed to soften our hearts ultimately.
Much could be written about Ryan Reynolds and his performance but at this point, it is hard to distinguish if Deadpool is Ryan or Ryan is Deadpool. He has assimilated the character, made it his own and done a wonderful job of carrying the movie and making it amazing. He has never shied away from making fun of himself or his previous superhero ventures (Green Lantern, ahem), he has stretched himself thin and left no stone unturned to make Deadpool 2 the comic masterpiece that it is.
It is hard to comment on the movie as a whole because it is so hard to realize if Deadpool is its own movie where it is simply making fun of other movies. It is original and new subtly criticizing other cult favorites.Maybe that is what makes Deadpool so great, that grey line which they happily tread over time and again, and if it is,at all, clumsy, it is not really a fault.