As a franchise grows, the probability that the latest entry will be terrible increases. But you’ve seen movies before, right? I don’t need to tell you what Sequelitis is. And you’d think, Deadpool being Deadpool, that you wouldn’t need to tell him what it is either.
Okay, so let’s just come out and say it: I don’t think that this movie was as good as its predecessor. I don’t think it was bad, but I don’t think it was as good as Deadpool, either. Some would say that being average is the worst crime that a film can commit (The Room is one of the most memorable movies you’ll ever see, after all) but I think we’re … we’re fine here.
Because Deadpool 2 is … fine. It’s fine. It does its job as a sequel. Basically, this film is everything that you’d expect a sequel to be. That includes all the ways in which a sequel is a little bit worse, or kind of disappointing, but because you’re expecting that from a sequel, it comes off like it’s not that much of a crime.
The first Deadpool is one of my favourite superhero movies because, thanks to Deadpool’s whole fourth wall breaking shtick, it took a genre that I adore and picked it apart. It was a fun film plying with the genre, with why people love it, and, yes, with some of its faults and drawbacks.
Deadpool 2, on the other hand, plays more like a straight superhero movie with fourth wall jokes thrown in. Which is … fine … but it means that it’s doing a lot less to distinguish itself from the crowd, and a lot less with what Deadpool as a character is able to accomplish. The movie also uses a number of outdated, kind of meeeeeeh tropes (I won’t say what, but you’ll probably know if you’ve seen it) without calling attention to it. It’s kind of a shame. This film has more opportunity than most to get away with being average (Wade is like lampshading, made human!) and it doesn’t take that opportunity.
While bringing in new characters, it also brings back old ones. Some of them are utilised better than others, but that’s what you’re going to get from a superhero movie with multiple superheroes in it. The screen time never does play fair.
Honestly, though, I don’t think there’s a whole lot to say. If you know what you’re expecting from Deadpool 2, you’ll get that. And it’s funny. And it’s entertaining. And it’s … average. (The soundtrack got a little saccharine for my taste, too, but I am hugely bitter.)
It’s not what the marketing said it would be, though. Play a game while you’re in there and spot the scenes included just so they could film a damn trailer. It’s a real hoot.
EDIT: I’d just drop in again because it does seem that opinions are really divided on this movie, and I find that so fascinating. If you’ve seen it, what did you think?
Thanks for reading, there. Leave a comment if you’ve seen this movie, eh? I love me a conversation about movies.
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