“Deadpool 2” is a Meta Riff On Movie Sequels...And It’s Beautiful

By Scott Kurland

Film:  Deadpool 2

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zaazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Julian Dennison, and Leslie Uggams

Rated R

Director: David Leitch

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                No one could have predicted how big “Deadpool” was going to be when it hit theaters back in 2016. It is one of the highest grossing R-rated films of all time. Some attribute the film’s success to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. They captured “Deadpool’s” voice so perfectly that some YouTubers and movie theorists have hypothesized that “Deadpool” was in fact written by Deadpool himself. You should check out Matthew Patrick AKA MattPat AKA The Film Theorist’s video on this subject. It’s brilliant. If you hadn't already guessed, this week’s film is “Deadpool 2," which was originally titled “The Untitled In Development Deadpool Sequel; " which, honestly was the title they should have chosen. The funny thing about “Deadpool 2” is that, this time around, the third screenwriter is Deadpool. God’s perfect idiot: Ryan Reynolds. Let’s find out if this film is any good shall we?

                I usually write my own synopsis for the movies I review, that way I can carefully trim out any spoilers. However, the synopsis that was released via FOX written by Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick is just too good not to share here:

The Official Deadpool 2 Synopsis:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

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                Every time I read that synopsis I cant help but laugh. It is by far one of the greatest fake summaries ever written! Thank you Fox.

                The great thing about “Deadpool 2” is its awareness that you can't capture lightening in a bottle twice. Instead, they riff on the "routine- sequel-trying-to-be-like-the-first-film" formula. Yet, when “Deadpool” does it, you can't help but savor the joke. They point out the lazy writing, the familiar jokes and how meta they are. For instance, Deadpool refers to Cable as Thanos and One- Eyed Willy; referencing previous films Josh Brolin has appeared in. After a certain point, the realization hits you. Reynolds and company don’t care if they are being tedious or upsetting us. They already got us in the theater. They did their job. What we’re given in return is great. I mentioned in my “Avengers: Infinity War” review that Marvel knows to blend drama and comedy exceedingly well. Shockingly, that goes double inthis film. Yes, “Deadpool 2” has just as much drama as it does comedy and it works on levels I didn’t think was possible. 

                I know there’s going to be complaints about this film, but if you watch it with the understanding that its just bizarre Hollywood- oriented drivel like the first one, I think you’ll enjoy the movie. What “Deadpool 2” has that most comic book movies don’t are real takes on beloved characters. Yes, Reynolds and Brolin look like Deadpool and Cable, but the casting of Zaazie Beetz as Domino, in my most humble opinion, is perfection. I appreciate that they drifted away from her signature look. Beetz’ take on the telekinetic probability-altering heroine is a cross between the original Domino and Pam Grier from Coffy. Beetz is one of my favorite characters in this film. I also love Julian Dennison from “Hunt For The Wilder People” as the pyromaniac Russell AKA Firefist. In the comics, Firefist is a jacked beef-cake who is smart and savvy. Dennison proudly states that he’s glad for the opportunity to portray an overweight superhero who doesn’t think before he acts. Adding these small changes helps make these characters better (as they were originally written in the 60's and 90's).

                “Deadpool 2” has pacing and editing issues, but it is still a fun film; filled with as much if not more insanity than its predecessor. Reynolds is perfect as Wade Wilson. This is the role he was born to play. Every reviewer, critic and vlogger has said it. Brolin is perfect as Cable. He’s so good you want more screen time for him, but too much of a good thing can go bad and the writers knew that. “Deadpool 2” is as crass, vulgar, and bloody as its is funny, heartfelt, and brilliant. So do yourself a favor and see the Merc with a mouth’s sequel.

REVIEW RATING: B+

scott kurland