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Deadpool 2

When the first film in a series is such a success, it’s very hard for any sequel to live up to the standards set. Deadpool was a surprise hit that became a cinematic phenomenon with its satirical take on the superhero genre; naturally we’ve gotten a very awaited sequel.

Deadpool 2 is a more complex story than the first film. In it our anti-hero Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) seeks to save a mutant child named Russell (Julian Dennison) from the time-traveling Cable (Josh Brolin).

The film seeks to top the first film by throwing more stuff at the screen, be it by introducing an army of new characters, to a denser storyline, celebrity cameos, or a more diverse array of cultural references. Some of this helps the film retain the original flavor that made the first film so refreshing.

However, a lot of these additions overstuff the film and make it very difficult to keep track of the story and the endless references spewing from Reynolds’ mouth. In a sense Deadpool 2 couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a legitimate superhero movie, or to maintain its satire, something similarly happened with Kingsman: The Golden Circle in late 2017.

The humor still lands, and while there might be fewer laughs than in the first film, it’s still a fun ride. Nevertheless, the spark and surprise factor of the original is lost, which smudges the impeccable cultural credentials that had made the first Deadpool such a hit.



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I've been writing on different version of this website since February of 2013. I originally founded the website in a film-buff phase in high school, but it has since continued through college and into my adult life. Young Critic may be getting older, but the love and passion for film is forever young. 

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