The first Deadpool film left me a bit cold. It's bullets, banter and bravado didn't do much for me. I chuckled my way through wall breaks and gags but it was lacking depth and had little to no heart within its run time. I was fairly alone in these thoughts, the film was well received by many and ultimately it was a financial success which, in this modern era, that automatically green lights you a sequel!
So here we are Deadpool 2 our anti-hero is back with more bullets, more banter and this time he's putting a team together. Is it worth it or is it just another vacuous outing for the motor mouthed anti-hero?
Well, surprisingly I enjoyed this film more than the previous incarnation! I laughed a lot and I don't mean quietly chuckled. I guffawed my way through large sections of the film as rapid fire put downs and insults (no matter how crass) thrilled me immensely.
Charged with the protection of a young boy with mutant capabilities, who is being hunted by Josh Brolin's time travelling Cable. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) unwittingly finds himself in the role of protector, mentor and foul mouthed father figure. This is a film that attempts to show the importance of friendship, community and family albeit with a sideways, sarcastic glance and high volumes of swearing. Its heart is in the right place and Ryan Reynolds is possibly even more watchable this time round as Deadpool, certainly I found him to be less irritating than before!
Other standouts include Zazie Beetz as Domino is badass and incredibly watchable as a screen presence. If anything her character deserves more screen time as Domino and more padding out other than eye roles at her 'new boss' and action sequences.
There are lots of little in jokes and swipes at comic book culture, pops at the X-Men and references to that franchises mess of a timeline were particularly amusing. The violence is brutal but not as gratuitous as the first film which I was grateful for and felt more comic book like than simply pushing for a higher certification because of blood and gore. Ultimately though Deadpool 2, while superior to the original and despite its sarcastic intentions is still is a vehicle for bullets and banter and is only slightly less vacuous than before.