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The pile of corpses keeps growing and growing…and this time it’s NOT funny.
Before I begin my slightly negative critique of Deadpool 2, which I admit is the film I have cringed the most over to date, I will point out, however, that it is an innovatively crafted action comedy with extraordinary special effects, costume and camera angles which many talented people have clearly pulled together to create. But it’s the plotline I’m particularly honing in on here.
Deadpool 2 (2018) is the sequel to Deadpool which 20th Century Fox released in 2016. The film is one of the many within the Marvel collection and features the (literally) indestructible super villain Deadpool (played by Ryan Reynolds) who seems to thrive on killing anything and everything in his path whilst occasionally, and often unintentionally, saving the planet.
So what did I find so cringeworthy about the sequel to this film? Deadpool 2 opens with Wade Wilson (Deadpool without the extravagant ninja costume) admirably gazing at the action figure Wolverine, who is painfully speared on a tree trunk, whilst he contemplates his own desired method of death. This was the first laughter trigger amongst viewers, those who ‘got’ the wider Marvel reference, and the first insight, for audience members like myself, into the film’s escalating gruesome and disjointed nature.
The first ten minutes of the film sees Deadpool on a mass rampage of New York killing an abundance of child traffickers to the joyful country tune “9 to 5”. And to what extent he is certain that he is killing only the guilty I am clueless. Nevertheless, this adrenaline rush of a murder scene soon fizzles out during the transition to the romantic dialogue shared between Wade and his fiancée, Vanessa (played by Morena Baccarin) as they discuss starting their own family and begin preparing their anniversary dinner. But as all things Marvel go, this heart-warming moment is terminated in seconds when one of Deadpool’s surviving victims gate-crashes the party and shoots Wade’s girl straight in the heart, killing her in seconds. The killing addiction isn’t so satisfying now Deadpool, ey? Thus, this is the moment that killed the film for me, and we were only 20 minutes in…
The plot officially takes off following the film’s opening credits including “Presented by What the F**k?”: I need to say no more. Then another one of the protagonists, Russell (played by Julian Dennison), an overweight high school kid with fire balls for fists, makes his appearance. The kid is in a huff and trying to burn alive those attempting to detain him. So Deadpool and his new friends, the X men, come to the rescue and stop the kid from desperately trying to kill his school teachers who have been torturing him for years. Of course, Deadpool, being Deadpool, won’t put up with satanical idiots (like himself) and decides to begin his second killing rampage of the film; landing himself in superhero jail with his new pal Russell.
Deadpool without his powers, due to the power swallowing cat collar he is made to wear in the cells, is almost helpless: slowing dying from his worsening cancer which he developed in the first film. And to make things worse, the other inmates hate his guts and a metallic lazer eyed baddie, Cable (Josh Brolin), has his eye set of killing Russell and so easily makes his way into the prison to do so.
Deadpool as we know him would usually have nothing in him urging him to protect a hormonal teen from being blown to pieces, but its his regular trance-like flashbacks to his beautiful wife that pushes him to try something very un-Deadpool for once. So what does Deadpool do? He puts together an utterly useless team of superheros, the X Force, including one female member who recruited for ‘being lucky’. And, indeed, she is the only one lucky enough not to get electrocuted or swallowed by a tree shredder during the parachute land (why they couldn’t just drive to the scene I couldn’t tell you).
The rest of the film sees Deadpool and his X men follow the inmates, including Russell and his new best friend the beastly indestructible Juggernaut, as they are transferred to a new prison the other side of the city. Meanwhile Deadpool and his lucky team mate Domino (Zazie Beetz) fight Cable and Deadpool manages to slice every one of Cable’s bullets in half (you guessed it, very realistic…).
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In the final half an hour we see Deadpool pleading for help from his big guy bestie Colossus in trying to stop Russell from destroying his old school and everyone one in it. This is when viewers witness the most poignant part in the film, which was nowhere near emotional, in which Deadpool is shot by uncontrollable Russell whilst wearing the cat collar. But, don’t worry, director Tim Miller rewinds the death scene and lets him live. The Blockbuster’s revenue was just so good he coulnd’t just end it there now, could he?
So… if you’re a Marvel fan who’s up for a bit of gore and dialogue featuring the word f**k every other word, this film is the one for you, but if you’re like me who was looking for a quality two hours of action film, this may not tickle your fancy. I can only hope that if Deadpool 3 is on the cards, the production team will try a little bit harder to master the art of humour next time round.