[Review] Deadpool 2: the recipe does not change

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Both actors are closely linked to their characters and owe them a lot. Yes, but here it is, the first made the mistake of accepting a role in the film on the origins of the second. Since his much-criticized performance, directing a feature film about Marvel’s most wacky mercenary seemed insane. But, in 2016, Deadpool landed in our theaters. And it was a slap, a real one. True to the comics and led by an actor who absolutely wanted to redeem himself, the film grossed nearly $ 800 million at the Global Box Office. All with one of the “lowest” budgets in the “superhero” category. Two years and three months later, the sequel comes to us with the firm intention of doing at least as well.

The first part showed the viewer the origins of Deadpool, this popular “anti” hero. The rest, she focuses on defining a guideline for a larger story. We meet Cable, a mutant from the future to prevent his family from disappearing, and to a lesser extent, the Earth from suffering an apocalypse. He and Wade Wilson will clash over Russel, a young mutant from whom Cable wishes dead and whom Deadpool instead tries to save.

The surprise is gone
The story of Deadpool 2 follows easily. The problem is that it hardly surprises us. The surprise effect of the previous opus is no longer there and it quickly feels. Certainly we do not ask that a film stamped Marvel has the complexity of a Kubrick or the intelligence of a Scorsese. These new adventures remain interesting (especially when they reveal a new aspect of the hero or his relationship with the X-Men). But we can’t help but think that the scenario is a bit simplistic. Cable’s complex character and young Russel’s, nicknamed Fire Fist, arguably deserved a smarter, more in-depth treatment.

The crazy humor that seduced the public in Deadpool is however still present and effective. From the opening scene, we understand that Ryan Reynolds wanted to infuse this film with a kind of controlled madness that suits him perfectly. Hemoglobin flows freely while Wade Wilson, in total relaxation, rains bullets and jokes. We are not bored, we laugh often, sometimes at full blast, the references are so surprising and explosive. While more and more productions of the genre dabble in humor without convincing, Deadpool 2 pokes fun at superhero movies and himself with gusto.

An energetic staging
It is perhaps this point which was the origin of the “creative dispute” between Reynolds and Tim Miller, the director of the first episode, not renewed. We feel that the Canadian actor, co-producer, co-writer and lead role has invested a lot to make this sequel something that pleases the audience above all.

In terms of rhythm and staging, this new feature film takes again the codes of its elder with a desire to offer something energetic, simple and which can be followed with ease. Despite a few less successful passages (notably the scenes with Vanessa, Deadpool’s wife ), the film is generally pleasant to watch, skillfully mixing action, humor and a touch of drama that it carries with an astonishing relaxation.

The first chapter of a saga?
This new episode also marks a step forward in terms of special effects. While 20th Century Fox production doesn’t quite live up to an Avengers: Infinity War yet , real efforts have been made. The waterfalls and digitally processed scenes on a green background are very well intertwined and quite pleasant to see. The universe of this Deadpool 2 is nicely transcribed with worked sequences that are worth a look. We also appreciate the intensity of the clashes where the bloodshed and the dismemberment become almost artistic.

Casting side, Ryan Reynolds is indeed the ideal actor to embody the immortal mercenary. Always so involved and twirling, he once again brilliantly interprets this character and transmits to the spectator a beautiful palette of emotions that he seems to be the only one to fully master. Josh Brolin, aka Cable, is still as good and charismatic as ever, but pales in comparison to the other villain of the moment: Thanos. We would have liked to learn more about his character, finally quite discreet, even if we know that he has officially signed for a total of four films. As for the supporting roles, we will note the performances of Zazie Beetz in the role of the mutant Domino, a heroine that we can not wait to see again and of the young Julian Dennison who embodies an excellent Fire Fist.