One of Marvel Comics' few characters still missing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe story, the release of Deadpool (Tim Miller, 2016) clearly provides a very pleasant surprise for both Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox. How come. After going through a development process that has been running for almost two decades and continues to be regarded as a less favored project, the film is made at a production cost of "only" US $ 58 million. But it turned out to achieve commercial success with revenue of more than US $ 780 million throughout the release period as well as get wide acclaim from world film critics. The success is now trying to be repeated again through its sequel, Deadpool 2, which promises an adult rating storytelling formula but with a more maximized portion. With the script of the story that Ryan Reynolds co-authored with the duo of previous scriptwriters, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Deadpool 2 took a two-year background story since the first Deadpool movie.
Now, Wade Wilson / Deadpool (Reynolds) has to deal with a soldier from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin). Cable travels to the past to kill a mutant named Russell Collins / Firefist (Julian Dennison) to prevent a brutal crime that he did in the future. Realizing that the power he had with the help of two mutants, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Colossus (Stefan Kapi?i?), would not be enough to fight Cable, Wade Wilson / Cable finally decided to form a team of five mutants. Among the mutants Wade recruits are Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Vanisher (Brad Pitt - in a really short appearance), and a man named Peter (Rob Delaney). Wade calls them X-Force and together ready to block Cable's intention to kill Russell Collins / Firefist.
While superhero movies dominated by Marvel Cinematic Universe comes with a story that is so family friendly or DC Extended Universe that comes with colors that tend to dark and serious, Deadpool managed to steal the show with an unusual story and hit the pattern of superhero movies : a rough swearing dialogue, a reference to popular pop culture elements, bloody brutal scenes with images of body parts, to - the most distinctive elements of the Deadpool film - Wade Wilson's ability to establish a direct dialogue with his audience - which also known as breaking the fourth wall. The look that makes Deadpool feel more like a parody of superhero themed movies than as a super hero movie itself. At the same time, the elegance of Reese and Wernick in offering Deadpool as a comedy that gives a touch of freshness is very fun for the fans of this film.
In Deadpool 2, the comical elements that were present as a surprise are now seen as a familiar feature in the Deadpool world. Reynolds, Reese, and Wernick are able to process the formula nicely and even increase the dose and portion of its presence to be more leverage. Fun, although some jokes often feel forced or repeated several times and the arrangement of comedic elements in the film often distorts the plot of the story that is running. However, Deadpool 2 does not forget the other parts of the story. When compared with the predecessor film, Deadpool 2 is able to present with a better emotional bond. The story of the romance relationship between Wade Wilson / Deadpool's character with her lover, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), or a deep-rooted exploration of some characters such as Cable and Russell Collins / Firefist are able to cultivate a fairly binding emotional touch. Not disappointed.
Directing which is now under the control of David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, 2017) also feels more dynamic. Leitch's experience in working on action films that rely on martial arts scenes or the magnificent visual effects of the display clearly provide a distinct advantage for this film. Deadpool 2 - which is now produced at a cost of US $ 110 million that is much larger than its predecessor film - is also successfully presented with a more luxurious and convincing look. The film acting department also comes with a solid quality. Reynolds appearance is now increasingly inseparable from Wade Wilson / Deadpool characters. Her performance is primed and still able to provide many refreshing new touches despite having played the character since X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009). Rows of new cast the film also comes with a really strong acting quality. Brolin and Dennison make the characters that they play feels so binding. However, it is clear that Beetz gave such a stunning performance. As a figure of female characters with the maximum portion of performance, Beetz succeeded in coming up with a solid performance in every scene involving her character. [B-]
Directed by David Leitch
Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner
Written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds (screenplay), Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld (comics, Deadpool)
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Stefan Kapi?i?, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Eddie Marsan, Hayley Sales, Islie Hirvonen, Shioli Kutsuna, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Rob Delaney, Brad Pitt, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Hugh Jackman, Luke Roessler, Alan Tudyk, Matt Damon, David Leitch, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Sala Baker
Music by Tyler Bates
Cinematography Jonathan Sela
Edited by Dirk Westervelt/Craig Alpert/Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
Production company Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company
Running time 119 minutes