Possible spoilers ahead!!
“Deadpool 2” kicks off with Wade Wilson doing what he does best: swearing and killing. But things go south pretty quick for old Wade, and suffering a personal tragedy, he reluctantly joins the X-Men as a trainee under the leadership of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic). Also on this team are Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and her girlfriend Yukio (Shiori Kutsuna).
During Wade’s first mission with the X-Men, the team comes across a 14-year-old mutant by the name of Russell Collins (Julian Dennison), who calls himself Firefist. Russell is trying to escape from the orphanage he lives in, and many lives are at stake. Here, Wade is forced to make a tough choice that forever changes the course of his life.
To make matters worse, a time-traveling mutant named Cable (Josh Brolin), arrives in the present with the sole mission of assassinating Russell. Hoping to protect Russell, Wade and his friends Weasel (T.J. Miller) and Dopinder (Karan Soni), assemble a mutant team consisting of: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), and the non-mutant Peter (Rob Delaney).
Deadpool calls his new team, X-Force and together they embark on a mission to save Russell from Cable. However, even with a team of his own backing him up, it’s unclear if they are enough to stop the man from the future.
Like the first Deadpool movie, “Deadpool 2” has a strong emotional plotline running throughout the film. But instead of goinf with another romantic story, the sequel focuses on theme of family. The film explores what it means to be a family, not just by blood, but by choice. It’s a lot for a movie Like “Deadpool 2” to balance with superheroics, but it works!
The film builds up each character’s arc in a way that you as the viewer feel invested in when everything hits the fans. Whether it’s Deadpool, Cable, or Russell, you know what the motivations for their actions are. And even if you disagree with how they go about things, all of it makes sense in the end.
But don’t worry. There’s plenty of Deadpool’s signature crude humor, fourth wall-breaking moments, and references to everything from fellow X-Men movies to the MCU and beyond. Some of the jokes are better than others, but I did enjoy the one-liners only comic book fans will understand.
As usual, Ryan Reynolds is firing on all cylinders in this movie. Not only is he better than ever in the action scenes, he also appears to be having a blast with the role. It is clear Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool.
As for the new cast members, Josh Brolin delivers another stand out performance as Cable. While the character doesn’t get a ton of character development, Brolin still manages to make him a sympathetic mutant. Hard to believe Brolin had given fans two unique, bad ass characters within a month of each other. Seriously though, I never realized what a great actor this guy is.
Meanwhile, Zazie Beetz as Domino stole much of the movie for me. Although I will say her character was less developed than even Cable and Russell. I also still wish she looked a little more like the comic, but regardless of my minor complaints, Domino won me over.
Beetz was a scene-stealer in “Deadpool 2.” She was funny, tough, and awesome in the action scenes. Especially in a chase sequence where she’s the main attraction. If there is an X-Force movie or another Deadpool movie, I hope we get to see more of her, because there’s definitely potential there.
If I had one complaint about the cast, it would be that Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) didn’t have much to do. She was one of my favorite characters from the first movie, and I wanted to see more of her in the sequel. Especially now that she’s got a girlfriend in Yukio (Shiori Kutsuna).
I do have one more minor complaint about the movie: I didn’t care too much for this version of X-Force, or what happens to them. As a fan of the original team, it seemed pointless to me to introduce X-Force, only so they can be a punchline. I’m a little surprised the filmmakers went this route, and a little shocked Rob Liefeld was okay with it.
All in all, “Deadpool 2” was a highly enjoyable sequel that advanced the main character, and also had a lot of heart. Ryan Reynolds is great again, and Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz are welcomed additions to the crazy world of Deadpool. And despite the fact that some of the jokes don’t stick the landing like they should, and that a couple of scenes go on a bit too long, this is still everything a Deadpool movie should be: a fun ride from start to finish.
“Deadpool 2” score: B+