REVIEW: Deadpool 2

It’s incredibly hard to review Deadpool 2 without giving away any spoilers, but I’ll try…

Remember all the great things you loved about the first movie? The action, the humor, the Ryan Reynolds of it all. Well, the sequel doesn’t leave any of that out. Just as the first movie told you it was a love story – and in the end it was – this film tells you it’s a family film. And in the end, it is.

One of the great fears moviegoers have pertaining to sequels is whether they’ll be able to “live up” to the original. Can the maintain the tone? Will all the elements we loved in the first film be overplayed in the second? Does a sequel automatically mean it’s less surprising?

Watching Deadpool 2 felt like watching TV. Deadpool was the first episode of a show, and Deadpool 2 was the second episode. It genuinely felt like picking up where the first one left off and continuing. I would absolutely believe it if someone said these movies were written together, simultaneously. But they weren’t, which makes this feat even more remarkable.

If you’ve seen the trailers, you know Deadpool 2 introduces a handful of new characters, including comic book favorites: Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz). Both actors’ performances were wonderful, but I’m especially impressed by the (although not yet fully explored) story of Domino. I am eager to see what comes of this character in the next Deadpool films.

Lastly, I will remind viewers that there are two mid-credit scenes, but I recommend staying through the credits for a fun “musical” gag at the very end.

For some reason the movie description from 20th Century Fox says the following:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Miami’s hottest bartender, while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

For an accurate(ish) synopsis, watch the trailer for Deadpool 2 below:

Deadpool 2 hits theaters Friday, May 18, 2018

–Yael Tygiel