By Anne Huang
Deadpool 2 released internationally on May 18, 2018, and still starred many of the original cast from the first movie which includes Ryan Reynolds (of course), Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Karan Soni, T.J. Miller, and Stefan Kapici. It also introduced several new cast members such as Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, and Julian Dennison. The story picks up on Wade Wilson now basically acting as a superhero, and just flat out massacring the “villains” across the world.
Something about Wade Wilson being himself, but at the same time doing good deeds is really appealing. There’s just something about it that’s so funny, because it’s like Wade Wilson is frozen in place, and some outside force simply just switched what he was holding in his hands, therefore changing what he was doing.
For the few people out there that genuinely have no idea what Deadpool 1 was about (where have you been for the past few years?), all you need to know is that this is a superhero film like no other. Deadpool 2 picks up several months after Deadpool 1, it still follows Wade Wilson a.k.a Deadpool, and that is literally all you need to know.
Deadpool 2 kept and remodeled everything from the first movie that made the film unique and a hit, and it can be viewed both as a negative and positive for the movie. It can seem positive because obviously, fans returning to see the sequel would love to see more of their favorite parts from the prequels. However, this can also take away any true originality the movie can possess, but isn’t that the reason why the sequels almost never live up to their predecessors?
In other words, Deadpool 2 was an attempt to live up to its predecessor by trying to make something new out of an already very original idea, and that is one hell of a paradox to make.
No matter how iconic Deadpool 1 was, Deadpool 2, just like almost all of the other sequels, suffer the curse to never be able to live up to the previous. But it’s hard, paradoxes by definition is supposed to be something that is impossible to achieve, so this movie should be credited for its good attempt, but ultimately, it’s just not as good. That’s the cold, hard truth. But on a positive note, this movie is definitely not bad (it’s just not as good, there’s a difference).
Despite this huge disadvantage of having to live up to a basically impossible expedition (which it field understandably), Deadpool 2 was a surprisingly capable stand alone. In other words, this movie is perfectly watchable even if you never watched Deadpool 1. This movie, just like its predecessor, succeeded in that area because the people in charge were wise enough to understand the importance of not focusing on making a franchise, but actually making a good movie (which unfortunately, has been a huge recurring problem in Hollywood these days).
That is why it’s tempting to kind of go easy on this movie (review wise). This movie is not bad, it’s just doomed to never be able to completely be better than the first one. This book should be a B.