Eamonn Rafferty’s review published on Letterboxd:
Deadpool 2 takes place a few years after the events of the original, where Wade Wilson is now a worldwide mercenary, killing numerous criminals across the globe. When his girlfriend Vanessa states that she’s ready to start a family with him, Wade comes across Russell Collins, a young mutant who is in an aggravated state at a mutant orphanage he lives at. In that time meeting Russell, Wade encounters Cable, a cybernetic mutant from the future that has travelled back in time to kill the young kid, which leads to Deadpool putting a team together of fellow mutants to protect Russell from the time-travelling killing machine. Deadpool 2 followup on the massively successful original from 2016, which made over $780m worldwide on a $58m budget, and a large amount of that success was for the collaboration between director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds. In this sequel, David Leitch of John Wick and Atomic Blonde fame is taking over Miller’s directing duties to bring a sequel with more action sequences.
The one thing that the sequel had different going for it compared to the original was infact expectation. I can honestly say that I was looking forward to the original film due the marketing campaign behind it, but I didn’t think I would enjoy the film as much as I did in the end. With the critical and audience acclaim for the original, anticipation and expectancy of greatness for the sequel increased drastically and I even noticed that some film reviews for Deadpool 2 on YouTube (for example) have been titled ‘is it better than the first?’, which gives you an idea on how expectation/reality will play into these reviews for the film. Personally I had a good time watching the sequel, particularly as while I thought the action sequences from the original were decent, Deadpool 2 definitely goes bigger on that front here and for the majority of it I thought it worked really well, including a prison assault sequence and X-Force attempting to stop Cable from attacking a prison transport vehicle which has Russell in it. The action looks better due to Leitch’s direction here and I look forward to seeing how he brings to the table now in the Hobbs and Shaw spinoff feature. Ryan Reynolds was quiet literally brought into this world to portray a feature version of Deadpool and here he’s still charming and funny as Wade Wilson and I still enjoy the relationship between Wade and Morena Baccarin’s Vanessa continuing here as the two decide it’s time to finally start a family together. In terms of returning characters, I enjoyed the interactions between Deadpool and Stefan Kapičić’s Colossus and even Karan Soni’s arc as Dopinder, trying his best to impress Wade and train him to become a contract killer provides a few laughs. as far as new characters go, Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino definitely standout. Brolin gives a very stern performance as Cable, is great with his physical work in the action sequences and Zazie Beetz’s brings a certain charismatic, charming prescence on screen as Domino, a mutant with the ability to manipulate luck and when we see how that ability works in live-action form, it brings some interesting (and cinematic) visuals for your eyes to feast on. Some of the jokes in the film landed for me, such as the introduction of X-Force making their grand entrance on their first mission to the after-credits stinger which, for better or worse, may be my favourite part of the film.
While I had a good time watching Deadpool 2, it should be no surprise as they go bigger on the action and expand further with the ensemble, the sequel doesn’t feel as tightly put together as the original film. While it takes a different arc than what I was expecting between Wade and Vanessa, there’s some that will feel disappointed with it, especially if their relationship from the original was one of your favourite arcs. Wade Wilson’s arc of looking to protect and save this young kid Russell from Cable may have worked better me if I didn’t find Russell himself to be a little bit of a shit. Granted, Russell is justified for feeling the way he does once we learn what he’s gone through, but I just found the character to be unlikable. I can also see that some people will find Josh Brolin’s Cable to be too one-note and Zazie Beetz’s Domino I wish we got more of. When the jokes land, they are great but there is plenty of misses here as well, with most of them involving T.J Miller’s Weasel and the meta/fourth-wall moments might feel a bit too much. I also felt that Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead was underused here, which is a shame as I was looking forward to seeing what they were going to do with her after the original film.
If you enjoyed the first film and expect more of the same in the sequel, I feel that you’ll enjoy Deadpool 2 has it increases the number of jokes and action sequences here. I like how the relationship between Wade and Vanessa is still the heart of the sequel, with nice welcoming additions from Josh Brolin and Zazie Beetz. The main overall plot though is underdeveloped and a good number of the jokes don’t land, but I’ll keep returning to see Ryan Reynolds ad Deadpool because he’s just so good in the role.