As a fan of the Deadpool graphic novels, I had high expectations of the first film and was pleased when they were met. I also tend to give in to hype and watch trailers, well aware that these often end up showing either the best bits of the film (Thor Ragnarok, as amazing a film as it is, would have been amazing had they not shown Hulk in the trailer) or scenes that don’t make it into the final cut of the film (here’s looking at you, Rogue One).
There are always doubts when it comes to sequels. Even the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t immune to the odd poor sequel here and there, but I needn’t have had such concerns about Deadpool 2. If you liked the first one, I suspect you’ll like the second one. If you didn’t like the first one, I have no expectations for you to want to see the sequel.
Arguably, the film might take a little long to get going, but not in a way that has you looking across to the exit, more just that you want to see the next fight sequence. Josh Brolin is very good as Cable, matching the tone of the stereotypical Cable-character much more than one might expect from a first attempt (undoubtedly helped by his experience with Thanos in Infinity War) whilst Zazie Beetz’s Domino becomes one of the most subtly entertaining parts of the movie as it progresses.
Of course the thing that makes a Deadpool movie a ‘Deadpool Movie’ and different to other superhero movies is the fourth wall breaking, combined with the knowledge of knowing (or believing at least) that he can’t die. Perhaps rightly so it is Deadpool himself who is, to my mind, the decisive factor in whether you enjoy the film or not. His references to the DC universe and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld’s artistic ability were some of my favourite references, but there were plenty to choose from.
Despite it’s differences from mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe films, it is still a 2018 super hero film and so the route to an ongoing franchise is still overtly obvious, whilst the mid-credits scenes are also present and very entertaining, if not necessary, viewing.
Without starting to get into describing scenes or spoiling twists, I’m not sure there is much else to say. Certainly my thoughts aren’t going to persuade anyone to see the film that hand’t already intended to, but for those on the fence I would say go with your gut and how you felt about the first one. The sequel leans harder on all the things that made the first one successful. And I loved it.