Release Date: May 18, 2018
I was a fan of the first one and was looking forward to this one for a long time, but I was always waiting with trepidation. Could this sequel live up to the first one since it would lose one of the things that made the first one so appealing which was its fresh and R-rated take on superheroes? Would it be a rehash of the same type of jokes and action scenes and would it suffer, as many comedies do, from having all the best parts in the trailer? The answers were mostly what I had hoped for. Yes, the newness has worn off, and yes, they did rehash some jokes, but overall it gave me what I wanted to see from a Deadpool movie and the addition of the new characters kept a certain level of freshness. There was one rehashed joke I could have done without in this movie. It was okay, but it went on too long.
I really liked most of the casting of the new characters. Josh Brolin was good as Cable and made me like a character I actively avoided in the comics. It was also nice that he was fairly different than his Thanos character which we all saw a few weeks prior. Zazie Beetz as Domino hit it out of the park and I can see her getting a lot more screen time in the X-Force movie and perhaps even a spinoff if they do it right. I’m not so sure about the kid though. I see he has won a couple of New Zealand acting awards already, but his performance here was hit or miss for me, and probably more miss than hit. The filmmakers have come out recently and said that X-Factor is the next movie and I think that is the best move. I don’t think we need a standalone Deadpool movie again for a while so it doesn’t get too run into the ground. Ensemble casts are the best way to spread the jokes out over a few films.