Deadpool 2 is exactly what you'll expect it to be. It's lewder, ruder, and cruder than the original. Does it work? Yes, and no. If the original was a love child to the first era of Deadpool comics this is more the second half. You have a bit of Daniel Way, Gail Simone's runs on the comic, with a tiny sprinkle of Rick Remender's "Uncanny X-Force", and of course Fabian Nicieza's on "Cable/Deadpool" (the original was so channeling Nicieza's first mini, Mark Waid's with the second mini, and Joe Kelly's stuff).
So let's talk about the good first. This movie has some damn balls. Like literally, daring to go by the tropes that sequels usually have then mock the darn tropes (*cough* Pacific Rim: Uprising *cough*). Thankfully, this isn't the same movie as the original like most sequels do (*cough* Kingsmen: The Golden Circle *cough*). This movie continues what the original started with a brand new tale and doesn't retread any old ground (save two jokes, and given I liked those jokes I'll allow it).
There's so much eye-candy for the comic nerd it's truly a sight to behold. Like literally, you'll have to watch the movie repeatedly to get all the easter eggs at times when you're not chuckling madly at the jokes being thrown at you. Everything you loved about the original is here cranked to an eleven.
Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. There's just no way about it. Everything that people love about the character is perfectly captured by Reynolds. He just freaking embodies Wade Wilson. He was put on this Earth to churn out as many Deadpool movies as possible.
Returning cast members Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Karan Soni (Dopinder) and Stefan Kapičić as Colossus continue off on the amazing performances they gave from the original film. However, the scene stealers from the original are Soni's Dopinder and Kapičić's Colossus who get even more spotlight and some damn good payoff in their plots.
Of the new elements, Zazie Beetz as Domino and Julian Dennison as Russell Collins are welcome additions to the universe. The moment their characters hit the screen they crackle and just own the characters with each getting their own arc in the movie.
If anything is a drab it's kind of Josh Brolin as Cable for a tiny bit. Like honestly (needlessly hilarious cameos aside) it took three scenes for him as a character to click for me in the movie. His early scenes just felt so out of place and kind of held the movie back. That is until well when Wade meets Nathan for the first time. Then the movie just gels completely well. It just feels like those scenes shouldn't have been in the movie. if Cable just up and appeared when he does at a certain point? I'd be okay with that.
The only other negative I can say it is well, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) just is here and basically doesn't get much to work with and feels kind of wasted. Oh sure she gets a girlfriend in Yukio (Shiori Kutsuna), but neither get anything that feels like an arc. They just randomly show up at the end, and that's about it.
After, the culmination of what to watch in Avengers: Infinity War and anything dreary a laugh is needed. Well, then Deadpool 2 is the prescription you'll need to cure those woes. Those who enjoyed the original will enjoy this. Those who enjoy Deadpool will enjoy the movie. I still, kind of enjoyed the original more, but this was still good. I'm almost inclined to give this a perfect score too like the original (remembering a certain theme of this movie alone. HOLY SHITBALLS! OH HOLY SHITBALLS). But.. I'm calling it as it is: just slightly below the tier of the original, but oh so close.
4 out of 5