Directed by David Leitch (2018)
by Benjamin Leonard, Best Boy
So, for a sequel to the big, dumb, gross Deadpool you’d expect them to go bigger, dumber and grosser. For better or worse, director David Leitch decided to keep an even keel and it’s pretty much on par with the original. In fact, I’d say that the first half hour was practically reserved!
I’m gonna be blunt. When I went to see this movie, I needed a fuckin’ laugh. My dog (Mr. Chow, pictured above) had been sick off and on for over a month. He’d gotten to the point where he wasn’t even eating. I was fucking depressed! I needed DP2 to deliver. Instead, I spent the first 30 minutes with only a couple chuckles while the rest of the time was spent setting up why Deadpool was going out on today’s murder-spree. Why isn’t Ryan Reynolds charming my pants off with his dirty, sassy wit? Oh, because they wanna tell me a story. They want me invested. I’m already invested, muthafucker! I’m invested in a goddamned laugh. I need to see those dividends NOW!
Well, the next day I get Mr. Chow to the specialist and they’ve got a plan. They think they can get him back to feeling better. You know who else had plans. Deadpool 2! I’m not gonna say that I was invested. I don’t really think there is a big enough pay-off for the slow-paced first quarter of the movie, but you get your fight scenes, you get your laughs. They just didn’t really depend on the beginning. You didn’t need one to get the other.
Now, Mr. Chow is eating more and he’s starting to feel a little better. It took teamwork from Rosalie, me and a few different veterinarians, but things are a little brighter. Deadpool 2 thrived from teamwork as well. Zazie Beetz was so cool as Domino, Julian Dennison was expectedly sweet, funny and relatable as Russell, not to mention Rob Delaney as Peter, who will become a fast fan favorite. There’s also tons of silly cameos. Look it up on IMDb if you want most of the spoilers.
Today we take Mr. Chow in to check on his progress and lay a plan for the future. Where are we going? I’ve no clue, but I’m hopeful. The future that Deadpool 2 is building towards is X-Force. It’ll bring back Josh Brolin as Cable (not Thanos, get it straight) with the others from the crew and I’m hopeful that it can build into an entertaining film, if not a franchise of its own.
Chances are, if you’re reading about this movie you’re going to go see it no matter what. And you should. All in all, I left the movie entertained. It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, but it got me there in the end. Hopefully, we can get a similar prognosis for Mr. Chow. Even if we don’t, I gotta hold out after the credits start to roll. I’m sure I’ll get something outta that too.