Deadpool 2 – the fourth wall can’t get much more broken.

If Deadpool 2 wants to be as cool as its predecessor, it has to be funnier than a year of cat GIFs and filthier than sending a dick pic to your grandma. In this review, Wouter tells whether that was successful …

2016 was a great year for humor, if you ask me. We saw the New Zealand bromance between a guy and a grumpy old guy, the hilarious agony of supermarket products in a ‘Dixar’ movie and another delightful season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in which Captain Holt attains GOD status. But it was mainly the year when Deadpool swore the one-eyed snake with a freshly grown baby hand. I really laughed too hard about the movie that is actually Ryan Reynolds’ childhood dream come true, even when I then checked it for a second time on Blu-ray. It was a wonder that having a fourth wall-breaking anti-superhero turned out to be such an entertaining, rancid, and insane whole, even led to an R-Rated Wolverine movie next. Because the film studio even had little faith in it, gave it a modest budget and did not even want to release Deadpool in the blockbuster season. But the end result has shocking ultra violence, harsh humor and at the same time his heart in the right place; a unique thing that is difficult to replicate.

Deadpool 2 – the fourth wall can’t get much more broken

Deadpool 2 is not a romcom

Deadpool 2 makes a few “mistakes” that I was already worried would be made in Part 1. Because the danger that you run if you want to put so much bizarre, far-reaching humor into your film is that the plot at a certain point makes no sense anymore or is even unimportant. That the interests of the protagonist are laughed off by the viewer. Because yes, Deadpool is of course practically immortal and even knows that he is in a movie, so how do you make sure this all-powerful creature experiences something more compelling? Well, the scriptwriters of Part 1 did that very conveniently by taking advantage of the fact that Wade Wilson is a cancer patient, and giving him a weak spot: his girlfriend Vanessa (played by the unearthly Morena Baccarin). The romantic entanglements with this awesome character make the first Deadpool part romcom, only a very dark one with a hard sense of humor. And that’s why I gave a what happened because I sympathized with the love between Wade and Vanessa. In part 2 this sweet core has disappeared and no convincing replacement has been found. And so I cared a lot less.

The humor in Deadpool 2

But, let’s face it, it’s all about the action and the humor in the end, right? I mean, Wade and Vanessa whisper sweet words about strap-on , that’s fun and all, but in the end you still want to see Deadpool chop off heads and hear the fourth wall breaking through meta-jokes. And luckily enough that happens, maybe even more than enough. Even things that you initially think are serious plot points are dismissed with jokes that range from hilarious to a little meh. During the first Deadpool I was almost constantly chuckling and roaring regularly, in Deadpool 2 too many jokes are dead as far as I am concerned, and by the end I was just not rolling my eyes. But this is of course very personal and if I had sat next to someone who was in a dent all the time, I would probably have enjoyed myself a lot more (but usually I am the very person who pulls the other one into my fits of laughter). Moreover, the humor is still quite in line with that of the first part, where some jokes dare to go a bit further, but there are also a few that have a lame continuation or are even repeated. Because yes, of course you have to come up with an action scene that is the superlative of the one from 1 in which DP is shot in the . And what do you do as a successor to the baby arm joke? Exactly!

Deadpool 2 – the fourth wall can’t get much more broken

The Soul of Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 is crazy, sick and hilarious, so exactly what you expect from it. But the soul has been lost a little as far as I am concerned, and has been replaced by something that does its best but largely fails. Sure, this time we have Cable (Josh Brolin) and while he’s cool, we’re not dealing with an elaborate character. This also applies to practically everyone who has joined; they are cool, especially Domino, but none of them have much to do. With the exception of Russell (Julian Dennison), because I really think he’s just an annoying little guy who’s not funny or cool enough, although he really has an important role to play. It is clear that his fantastic performance in Hunt for the Wilderpeople was mainly due to the direction of Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows), because in fact this time he has the same character, only as a character he is a much less successful. And then there are the returning characters, where I would have liked to see more of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, but Colossus as one of the few characters gets a lot of screentime. And while I think that metal Russian is a cool hero, this CGI iteration of him isn’t the best thing that ever happened to the X-Men. And with that, Deadpool 2 isn’t the best thing that has happened to Merch with the Mouth since its inception in the comics, clearly X-Men Origi… er, the first Deadpool. Or the Deadpool 2 marketing campaign, because that’s money well spent!

Deadpool 2 – the fourth wall can’t get much more broken

Conclusion

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Deadpool 2 – the fourth wall can’t get much more broken

65 Deadpool 2 pushes the boundaries even harder than its predecessor in terms of (meta) humor and superhero parody in combination with ultra-violence, but succeeds less often in its jokes and has a less smooth-running, logical and fascinating plot. Deadpool’s motive, the reason for the existence of the film, is also not very convincing. But in spite of all this, you start to laugh and maybe even be a little pleasantly shocked. Deadpool 2 pushes the boundaries even harder than its predecessor in terms of (meta) humor and superhero parody in combination with ultra-violence, but succeeds less often in its jokes and has a less smoothly running, logical and fascinating plot. Deadpool’s motive, the reason for the existence of the film, is also not very convincing. But in spite of all this, you start to laugh and maybe even be a little pleasantly shocked.