Ryan Reynolds helped give audiences something a little different with Deadpool in this age of super heroes. At the time, no studio wanted to take the risk of creating an R-rated comedy super hero movie but Reynolds persisted and it resulted in a huge success. Deadpool 2 had a lot to live up to and in my opinion, it did not disappoint.
The problem with trying to create a sequel for a hit movie that was so specific in its humor and action, is trying to replicate that experience for the audience while delivering something new. Plenty of comedies have tried and failed. Anchor Man 2 and Zoolander 2 instantly come to mind for complete failures coat tailing of the huge success of their predecessors. Even as recent as Super Troopers 2, although not a completely disaster, was definitely not as good as the original.
Deadpool 2 finds itself in the exclusive group of comedy sequels that are at least as good as the original, something that appears to be extremely difficult to do. Even with an entirely new director, the movie delivers the same type of humor that keeps the audience members laughing just enough. That’s not to say there wasn’t enough action either. Director David Leitch, is known for his Hollywood action and he definitely delivers. Spliced between the humor, there are some excellent action and enough grotesque scenes to keep the fans of the original truly happy.
The story was even well developed and enjoyable. The main idea is that Deadpool has to try and save a teenage mutant’s life (not a turtle), while a cyborg warrior from the future tries to kill him. Reynolds delivers similar jokes from the first movie about not having the budget for bigger X-Men names, so he is forced to create his own mutant team of no-name characters. Without missing an opportunity for a laugh, the characters Deadpool recruits for the team offer some of the funniest moments in the film. Even after hearing plenty of similar jokes from the first movie, they still make the audience laugh.
Per usual, the Chairgatin’ movie review scoring system consist of American flag recliners, which are good for obvious reasons, and fedoras which are bad, also for obvious reasons. 5 recliners represent the best and 5 fedoras represent the worst. I’m awarding Deadpool 2, four recliners; at least as great as the first!
Will this movie win awards? Absolutely not. It probably will be however, one of the funniest movies of the year. I really enjoy the comedy route these super hero movies have been taking with Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor Ragnarok and even Ant-Man. Yet none of these movies hold a candle to the comedy Deadpool delivers. I truly can’t wait to see what’s next for this R-rated comedy soon-to-be franchise.