Deadpool 2 (2018)
Director: David Leitch
Writer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds, Rob Leifeld, Fabian Nicieza
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Barracin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beets, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić
Holy shit I'm late with this.
The Merc with a mouth is back! And he brought some friends (or bought them because you know, the studio gave them more money).
We join Deadpool as he 'Deadpools' around in an attempt to save a child from a grumpy man from the future and find a greater purpose. This film is a lot of fun and is also quite possibly the best X-men film so far. It doesn't quite have the same magic as the first film in my opinion, but it's still a darn good time. There were a few moments in the film where I thought Deadpool 2 was trying a bit too hard to recapture the humour of the first. It was an almost relentless onslaught of jokes, one after the other, and I have to admit, it started to wear thin towards the middle. That being said it's still a very entertaining film. It was great to see the inclusion of some of the more obscure characters within the X-men universe, and comic-book fans will find a lot of neat little references scattered throughout the film (yes, there is a Rob Liefeld joke).
Ryan Reynolds is once again outstanding as the witty, playful antihero with murderous tendancies. He is charming, comical, irritating (in the best way) and his delivery is fantastic. Stefan Kapičić is back as the voice of Colossus who is once again a fantastic, comic-book accurate portrayal of the character. Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by the brilliant Brianna Hildebrand, is also back albeit with a slightly smaller part. She's still a badass though.
Deadpool 2 introduces several new characters, most notably Domino and Cable, played by Zazie Beetz and Josh Brolin respectively. Cable is awesome. He's gruff, stern and you better not get in his way! He has a job to do and gosh darn it he's going to do it. The film makes a few adjustments to his character; thankfully this includes giving him a simplified backstory (it gets rather complicated in the comics. I've included a bit at the bottom if you want a summary! How nice of me). He's also a lot shorter than he is in the comics. Not that that really matters. His powers are also a bit more vague.
The real star of the film, however, is Zazie Beetz in the role of Domino, a character whose main superpower is luck (although technically it's probability manipulation but whatever). Zazie is charismatic and immediately likeable as the badass mercenary. She exudes confidence as Domino, and it's fantastic. Her fight scenes are some of the best and most creative in the film as she utilises her subconscious power to gain an advantage in combat. For example, in one scene she points a submachine gun behind her, pulls the trigger without looking, and hopes luck will help her out - it's brilliantly done.
The action scenes are pretty spectacular, although occasionally the cartoonish feel to them can be a bit much in places. It starts to distract from the action rather than amplify it. As I mentioned before, I felt that the film tried a little too hard to recapture the snappy dialogue and witty quips from the first film. It seems to be a recurring Hollywood trap to latch onto a successful element of a film and beat it half to death. Don't get me wrong though, Deadpool 2 will still have you laughing into your popcorn and choking on lemonade in the middle of the cinema.
You can tell that everyone who worked on Deadpool cares about the characters. They want to portray them in the best possible way, and they've definitely succeeded.
In one line (kind of): If you enjoyed the first Deadpool film, then you will definitely enjoy it. If you weren't a fan of the humour, then you probably won't enjoy this film. Domino is amazing though, and I hope she appears again in the future (solo film please).
A semi-brief history of Cable
I really like Cable, but his background is just... it gets real weird.
SO. Cable (Nathan Summers) is the son of Scott Summers (Cyclops from the X-men), and a lady called Madelyne Pryor. Madelyne Pryor happens to be a clone of Jean Grey (the one with the red hair in the X-men). At one point in the comics, Jean Grey dies (or so we are led to believe), and Cyclops is understandably upset. His lady love is dead. His soul mate. His one and only. He's heartbroken! Oh whatever can he do to ease the pain! Well, he decides the best course of action would be to marry the clone of his dead girlfriend (no-one knew she was a clone at the time).
To make this abundantly clear, Madelyne Pryor doesn't just resemble Jean Grey; she is identical to her. Ignoring how creepy that is, Cyclops and Madelyne make sweet, sweet music together and Madelyne gives birth to Nathan Summers.
At some point, Apocalypse infects baby Nathan with a deadly techno-organic virus (hence his gnarly-looking 'metal' arm). If not stopped, the virus would eventually kill Cable.
Thankfully, a mysterious woman from 2,000 years in the future, named Sister Askani, appears in front of Cyclops and promises that her clan can cure Cable. However, she would not be able to bring young Nathan back from the future. Scott Summers does what any parent would do and chooses to give his son to a mysterious stranger from the future. Fab.
That isn't even the weirdest part of his story. At one point, Scott Summers and the real Jean Grey (she's alive now by the way) are teleported into the future just as they are about to start their honeymoon!
Now trapped in the future, they raise Cable and do their best to hide him from Apocalypse. They pretend not to be his real parents though (I forget the reason why).
Also, it turns out that Mother Askani is actually an alternate version of Rachel Summers - the daughter of the Scott Summers and Jean Grey from another alternate reality. Make sense?! Good. Mother Askani clones Cable at one point (in case Cable dies), although the clone doesn't have the techno-organic virus. Apocalypse kidnaps the cloned baby and raises him in his citadel. The clone grows up to be a murderous maniac called Stryfe, and he looks like this:
Comics are mental.
I've left a lot of stuff out, but I think I included most of the weird stuff. If you want to know more then read some comics darn it! Or read the Wiki...