Some of you might be wondering: Is Deadpool going to intervene with this review?
For full closure:
Do not worry. I am already dealing with him as I speak.
Besides, he is not going to like what I am going to say about his movie.
1.) Just like I said in my Deadpool review, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool is a fantastic choice, and he still does well in the sequel. He is comical, he will not shut up, he kills people violently, and he even makes fun of himself. Like many other X-Men characters and actors before him (i.e. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor X), Ryan Reynolds is the character they are playing as.
2.) If you wanted violent action, you will get it in this movie. In certain ways, it is bigger on the gore factor. People get their heads chopped off, criminals lose their limbs, and one person even gets ripped in half. If you wanted it, you got the more comical version of Mortal Kombat right here, because the movie knows how to combine action with comedy.
3.) Considering that this is Deadpool we are talking about here, of course the comedy is hilarious. They make fun of superheroes (both Marvel and DC), the Marvel Cinematic Universe (especially Josh Brolin as Cable and Thanos), Ryan Reynolds, and so many more (the best ones are in the mid-credits scenes). I enjoy the comedy as much as everyone else…
1.) …Unfortunately, the jokes are sometimes overused. It is one of those movies where there are so many jokes, I did not get a chance to hear the next joke, because I am already laughing at the last one. Add to that some of them are up to the person’s tastes like fans of The Simpsons vs. fans of South Park. Also, some of the jokes did not land for me, but I am sure that others will like it more…
2.) …However, there is one big problem: I noticed that these jokes are used to hide the lackluster story and poorly-structured plot. I gave the first Deadpool some slack despite its story not being original, but this one has some problems, especially on the first act. The plot does not begin until around the second act, and I was losing patience since the jokes are stalling the movie’s progression. Add to the fact that certain plot elements do not make sense if you think about it (or at the very least, pushes the suspension of disbelief way too far), and I was not enjoying the writing that this movie was showing off.
3.) There are characters that are introduced that are not compelling enough to be interesting, or if they are, the movie does not flesh them out enough for me to care. Certain characters I can understand why they did not show them off as much (you will too when you see it), but there is not much to care for if they were never compelling enough in the first place, or they had the potential squandered with lack of screen-time or poor character. There is even a character that is introduced pretty late into the movie that was a good surprise, but given how they described him pretty quickly, only hardcore comic book fans will get a good idea who that is. A potentially wasted group of characters is not a good thing in my eyes.
Everybody seemed to love the first Deadpool movie, and I can certainly see why. It was funny mainly because of the main character and actor himself. Add dirty humor and fourth-wall-breaking awareness, and you got a superhero that acknowledges many past superhero movies, especially the X-Men movies. With the release of the sequel, many people seemed to enjoy it as well if not better. I hate to break it to you (and even Deadpool himself), but I thought this was not as good as the first movie. While the main character and humor are still great, it is clearly covering up for a lackluster story and plot that is poorly structured (which even the first movie had a better story despite it being unoriginal), and there are new characters that I either did not care for, or I wanted to, but they are barely fleshed out. I do not want to compare this with Avengers: Infinity War, but it is REALLY tempting when Deadpool keeps referencing it. I probably was having too much high expectation for this movie. Maybe if you just ignored certain plot elements and do not think too much of the X-Men continuity (since that is a huge problem with the series), you will enjoy it. However, I cannot do it myself, which is why I think Deadpool 2 is not as good as the first Deadpool.
Now excuse me, I have to create some defenses and get myself out of here before Deadpool gets to where I live and shoves me into a trash can…again…and possibly something worse.