“Deadpool 2” : Your cure for “Avengers: Infinity War” depression

Erik Jimenez / Staff Writer

“Deadpool 2” is a gory and gleeful send up of the superhero genre that spawned it, and if you’re still feeling depressed after the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” this flick is the cure.

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and director Tim Miller were set to return for the second film. However, Miller left the project in October 2016 due to creative differences with Reynolds and was soon replaced by “John Wick” series director David Leitch. So it’s safe to say that “Deadpool 2” is on just an equal playing field as the first. 

After a personal tragedy happens in his life, Wade Wilson, also known as Deadpool, gets picked up by mutant Colossus to become an X-Man trainee and get his life together. Deadpool being Deadpool manages to mess it up on his first mission and ends up getting arrested and sent to a mutant prison.

There he meets a child by the name of Russell who goes by the name “Firefist.” Little does Deadpool know, he’s going to have to gain Russell’s trust to save him from a time-traveling cybernetic soldier named Cable (Josh Brolin) who plans to kill him to save his family in the future. And to do so, the best way to combat a threat as big as Cable is to form your own super team.

With Leitch in the director’s chair, “Deadpool 2” presents a considerable amount of difference in style, yet it feels just as fresh and funny as the first film. Despite Leitch’s prominence as an action director, he manages to make “Deadpool 2” even funnier than the first. It is surprisingly not as action heavy as the first installment, but when the action scenes are front and center, they are a joy to watch. The convoy scene that the trailers have put a particular focus on does not disappoint.

The film is also rather surprising. Reynolds joins Reese and Wernick in the writing and as a result, they manage to load the film with more cameos and Easter eggs than that of a Muppet movie. And it’s all happening in a superhero flick of all places.

Ryan Reynolds owns the Deadpool character like it was made for him. He is pure joy to watch in this film and his performance has a bold “for-the-fans” style to it. He doubles down on what made the character great in the first film and manages to show that the character surprisingly in tune with what his comic-book audience cares about.

Josh Brolin (who also played Thanos in “Infinity War”) takes his role seriously as an actor, and it really helps contrast the character from the world he’s in. He just feels like an outsider. Like he came from a different film entirely.

The rest of the cast is superb, especially Zazie Beetz as Domino, who is the stand out of the X-Force team that Deadpool creates. The only real complaint that I have is that a majority of the other characters roles are so small, it adds much more attention on Reynolds (which was probably the point).

“Dead pool 2” isn’t just a great comic book movie, it’s a great franchise period. It’s a sequel that matches the expectations of the first and manages to surpass them. Its cleverness knows no bounds nor does its moral compass, which makes it all the more special in this day and age.

 

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