Hilarious and Kind of Scarring; Deadpool 2 Review


Grace Griego, Arts and Entertainment Editor

After the disheartening end of Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2 is exactly what Marvel fans need to lift their spirits. Deadpool 2 was even funnier than the first movie (although this might be attributed to the fact that I actually got a lot more of the references made), definitely more violent than the first movie, and was overall a fun and high spirited film. SPOILERS AHEAD!!

D&D. Dopinder and Deadpool are back! Photo by Marvel.

Let’s start off with the best aspect of the character of Deadpool and his movie; the humor. I never thought I’d see Deadpool disguised as a stripper murdering people to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” but here we are. That entire opening sequence was full of laughs, action, and a ton of violence. I have to say that I never covered my eyes, but I did cringe a lot at the violence at times. Like when Wade fell off the side of a railing and his body was contorted in a disturbing manner and when he choked Cable with his own broken arm and you could hear his arm continue to splinter. I busted out laughing when Juggernaut told Deadpool that he was going to rip him in half and proceeded to do so. Deadpool’s quick whips were non stop throughout the film, and surprisingly, I never got annoyed by them. One of the funniest scenes in the film is also the most scarring (ha) scene. This is of course, the baby legs scene. The hilarity of seeing a grown man with smooth tiny baby legs was enough to keep me on the verge of tears alone from laughing so hard, but then he went and crossed his legs Basic Instinct style and I lost it. That is an image that will both make me giggle and haunt me for the rest of my life.

Geronimo! The X-Force gets ready for their first mission. Photo by Marvel.

I loved all the characters that were introduced in this sequel and Deadpool played off of all of them so well. One of the cutest interactions was whenever Yukio and Deadpool would see each other and say hi. I loved how Deadpool and Domino would constantly argue about whether or not her being lucky was actually a super power and the entire X-Force, however short lived the team was, was a delight to watch.  I loved how gentle Wade was with Peter and how encouraging he was of the team, even though they all met a pretty gruesome end with the exception of Domino. Wade’s gleeful outlook and excitement also played off of Cable’s dark demeanor excellently. I also loved the idea that all the really big X-Men hide from Wade whenever he comes to the X-Mansion. Deadpool and Colossus’s relationship was also beautiful. And of course, I can’t forget the father-son dynamic between Deadpool and Russell. Right away, Wade could tell that Russell was being abused and did what he believed was right, looked after him in prison and advised him to seek out help when he couldn’t protect him, and refused to give up on him. I loved how dorky Russell was and I loved his character growth.

X-Men Trainee; Deadpool’s turned over a new leaf. Photo by Marvel.

A CGI Juggernaut was also perfect for this movie. Juggernaut is a character that’s had some trouble finding his place in the Marvel movies (we won’t talk about his depiction in X-Men: The Last Stand and the subsequent memes that came from this portrayal) and I was happy with this version of Juggernaut, I especially love the fact that he’s voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Colossus and Juggernaut’s CGI fight was great to watch and I loved seeing Yukio and Negasonic Teenage Warhead in action. I have to say that I wished we got to see more of Negasonic Teenage Warhead though. Dopinder at least got some great scenes and got to be a hero at the end.   

Wakanda Forever? Deadpool gives his team a new sign. Photo by Marvel.

Now onto the pitfalls of the film because as much as I loved it, it was weak where the first Deadpool movie succeeded. This is, the emotional aspects. In the first movie, we see Deadpool struggle with his self hatred, we see him want to be with Vanessa but get in his own head, and we see him be tortured during his time with Weapon X. Vanessa’s death felt very much like a plot device used solely to give Deadpool his emotional arch, that’s why I wasn’t mad when she was brought back in the end because I feel like Vanessa deserves her own character development and I didn’t really mourn her death. Yes, Deadpool did fall into depression after her death, but the movie moved on so quickly that I didn’t really have my heart strings tugged on that much. The only time I felt anything significant over Wade and Vanessa was during their reunion with the lovely slowed version of “Take On Me” by a-ha. Of course, I realize that Deadpool 2 is mainly a comedy and action movie so I can’t be too hard on it for this downfall, but I feel like there was a better balance between the humor and the more emotional moments in the first Deadpool movie.

Back to the Past! Cable takes matters into his own hands. Photo by Marvel.

Overall, I give Deadpool 2 a solid 9/10 stars. It’s extremely funny, definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously, FULL of references, has a wonderful cast with great chemistry, and has fantastic action scenes. I would recommend this movie to anyone feeling at a loss after Avengers: Infinity War or to anyone who’s looking for a good laugh. Have you seen Deadpool 2? What did you think? Let me know and thanks for reading!