There’s a surprising amount of controversy over whether or not Deadpool 2 is worth seeing. I really liked watching the first one in theaters. Deadpool as a movie wasn’t without its flaws, but it was a whole lot of fun. Deadpool 2 is more of the same, plus some actually fun and engaging characters.
If you’ve seen the first one, then you know what you’re getting into with this one. It has the R rating for a reason. If you’re not familiar with Deadpool, he’s sort of a cross between Johnny Knoxville and Wolverine. So lots of dick jokes combined with super-human regeneration. You might be able to see where some of this is going.
Deadpool 2 brings to the stage X-Force, Deadpool’s version of the X-Men. They’re like the X-Men in every way, except they kill people for fun and profit. So not really much like the X Men from the movies, I guess.
The movie has a ton of jokes, easter-eggs, and breaking the fourth wall moments. What makes the whole thing work and stop from becoming it’s own punch line is that they have a couple of characters playing things straight. God only knows how, at times, but they manage. Domino and Cable in particular really stole the show.
The movie isn’t without its flaws. At times, Ryan Reynolds goes a bit too far chasing a joke. As my wife said, they don’t just beat the dead horse, they beat the dead horse with another dead horse. The story has some… interesting issues with time travel and the kid actor is channeling a bit too much Rebel Wilson (Like, seriously, you could have swapped their characters from Pitch Perfect and this and no one would have noticed). He does a good enough job, but he could have toned it down just a little.
There’s been some internet curfuffle about “ERMAGERD LESBIANS.” Frankly, it’s far less than I’ve seen in PG-13 movies, so I don’t really give a damn. The two characters in question didn’t really add much to the movie, you pretty much could have had the entire movie without them, but they put the one in because she was good in the last movie. I wish they’d given her a bit more screen time or done something more with her, at least.
For the good: Cable and Domino really stole the show. I mean, seriously. I want a Cable movie. Hell, I want a Domino movie! The actress was spot on, her ability is awesome, and it would be hilarious to have her do her thing with Deadpool occasionally crashing the party. Cable, same thing, he’s a bad-ass with no-sense of humor and a tragic backstory. What’s not to like?
All in all, I really enjoyed the movie. I could have done without as much naked Ryan Reynolds and a few less jokes being rode into the ground, but those issues were balanced by the general humor and the great acting. Go see it yourself. Plus, stick around for the mid-credits scene.