Review: 'Deadpool 2' focuses on a more compelling narrative

May 20, 2018
deadpool 2 review

To say the first Deadpool movie reinvigorates the landscape of comic book film seems an overstatement, but it actually partly does. There's a market for adult-friendly superhero content that can be assured upon thanks to this. At the time, it even go to lengths of becoming the most profitable R-rated film. Business-wise, a sequel seems necessary, I guess. 

In 'Deadpool 2,' the titular merc-in-the-mouth gets another shot at redeeming the character on-screen (the first one being able to create the first film in the first place) after a shoddy representation of the iconic anti-hero in 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine.' The film gets to fully explore an interesting arc for Deadpool/ Wade Wilson. Here, the character (Ryan Reynolds) is pitted to save the life of a teenager from being killed by Cable (Josh Brolin), the time-travelling mutant. 

deadpool 2 review

This is a family film, as Deadpool labelled in his fourth-wall break fashion. He and Cable are two figures going on two different patriarchal quests triggered by an unexpected tragedy. This bit alone makes up for the emotional scarcity of the first one, resulting to a pretty compelling narrative that is more character-focused than getting the story forward. 

deadpool 2 review

But the fun is still intact here. Pop-culture references are being raised in surprising amounts, to the extent of actually acknowledging it in at times, innovative ways. The meta-humor of the character could sometimes bug down a serious scene, but it wasn't as overplayed as it could have been. In traditional fashion, the hints of a possible follow-up for this film is present, which eventually came down to a pretty hilarious resolution that really tells on what has been accustomed lately in modern day blockbusters/ tentpoles. 

deadpool 2 review

Deadpool as a character isn't an empathetic character in nature, but this film manages to make him one. Much of the success of 'Deadpool 2' is how it operates in the first place. It made sure of itself that character development reigns, going for a some pretty effective narrative than having to brush on cinematic universe tendencies and plain laughs. 

'Deadpool 2' is now showing in cinemas nationwide! Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.

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