I think it’s fair to say that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool has become a cultural phenomenon over the past few years. The sword-wielding, wise-cracking, fourth wall breaking anti-hero quickly became everyone’s favourite superhero following the release of the first Deadpool film, and the hype around him has been building ever since.
Now, here’s a controversial opinion for all of you- I didn’t actually enjoy that first film. I began to warm to the character after playing the videogame, which was an absolute bucketload of fun, even if it did slightly taper off towards the end. It was utter, unbridled chaos, full of jokes, interesting gameplay, but most importantly; fun. The game was the most fun I’d ever had playing a game in years, so naturally, I was super excited for the following film. But I left the cinema feeling disappointed. Something had gone wrong.
You see, you can get away with the level of chaos required for Deadpool in a video game, because you can do more- a video game campaign usually takes between 8 and 10 hours, and so naturally, you can fit a lot more in there. Films are more difficult. And while the sheer amount of craziness was perfect for a video game, fitting that same level into a film is naturally going to have its drawbacks. Because the more of this that they put in, the more the plot suffered- and it just came out as an unstructured mess.
So you can imagine my nervousness before going into the second film. It promised more jokes, more characters, and more chaos, all in a single film. And if the first one hadn’t worked, let’s be honest- how could the second? They were planning to repeat all the mistakes the first film had made, just on a bigger scale.
Of course, there were positives- namely appearances from comedian extraordinaire Rob Delaney, and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Terry Crews- this alongside a huge list of other celebrity cameos. But this still begged the question- if the first film was too much, how could this one possibly succeed? Well, here’s how it did.
You see, the first film centred loosely around a revenge plot- a villain tortures Deadpool and captures his girlfriend, and he fights to get her back. That’s it- I’ve summed the entire plot up in one sentence. But the second film is more internal, and focuses around character development. Early in the film, a disaster occurs, leaving Deadpool alone and suicidal- and the story of this film focuses around him bettering himself, along with trying to rescue a child that he sees himself in.
Sure there’s twice the chaos, and twice the jokes, but that actually works in this format (not to mention a lot more of the jokes actually hitting their mark). By focusing the whole film around the protagonists character development, they can actively throw plot to the wind, and centre the film around any number of crazy events that they want to happen. And this time- it works. They’ve managed to cram as much as possible into this film, and they’ve actually succeeded. So if you’re a fan of Deadpool- or even if you didn’t like the last film so much- I implore you to give this film a go- it’s crazy, stupid fun- and what else can you ask from a Deadpool film.