KSR writers Brad Morris and John Reecer both watched Deadpool 2 this weekend. Here is their analysis and conversation over what will possibly be the biggest R-Rated Movie ever made. SPOILERS ARE AHEAD. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET!
1. What is your short, immediate takeaway from the movie?
Brad: This film is thoroughly enjoyable and on-par with the first Deadpool. The first movie expertly used the structure of a love story and this one used the structure of a “family movie.” It was a stroke of genius.
John: Deadpool 2 falls victim at times to being too overstuffed like almost all sequels do, but when this movie is good, its great. Not quite as good as the first, but it’s pretty darn close.
2. Let’s talk about the new character Cable in this movie. Did he work?
Brad: He is no Thanos, but I liked Cable. I liked the direction Josh Brolin took him in. I liked how he partnered with Deadpool in the end. Their chemistry was spot-on and was similar to the comics when those two worked great together.
John: This is officially Josh Brolin’s summer. After nailing the part of Thanos and now nailing the part of Cable I’m convinced he can do no wrong. I thought they handled him teaming up with Deadpool in the end well. However, I thought that Brolin worked a bit too well, and I think a Deadpool/Cable buddy-cop movie would have been somewhat better than what we got here.
3. What were the film’s biggest weaknesses?
Brad: For me it was Russell and Cable flip-flopping back-and-forth between antagonist and protagonist pretty much for the entire movie. It reminded me a little bit of other Marvel movies (with the exception of Black Panther and Infinity War) in which the way they handled the so-called villain took down the stakes of the overall movie and it became predictable in the end.
John: The first act of this movie is way too slow and it was the only time where I felt the negative effects of sequels. I was reminded way too much of the first movie when Deadpool was taking us back-and-forth through time with his beginning narration, and it took me out of the movie. Overall, it was a little too overstuffed but I thought they handled the movie mostly well.
4. Lets’s get to the humor. What were your favorite jokes in the movie?
Brad: The entire scene where Deadpool is growing back baby legs had me and my audience in tears from laughter. That Basic Instinct joke T.J Miller gives was spot on. That entire 10-minute scene was comedic gold. Also, the cameos were perfect. The X-Men cameo with McAvoy, Beast, Quicksilver and the rest of the team showing up was awesome. Brad Pitt showing up in his cameo was also hysterical.
John: For whatever reason, I laughed the hardest at the “Fox and Friends” joke. It was a perfect joke that really nailed home with today’s time and culture. The entire sequence where the X-Force is killed off will go down as one of the most iconic moments in this movie. Every single death was unexpected and completely hilarious in true Deadpool fashion. Also, the “Brown Panther” joke at the end was just perfect considering the recent success and pop-culture impact of Black Panther.
5. As we often see in comedies, not all the jokes land. What were your least-favorite jokes?
Brad: Personally, the Dave Matthew Band joke hit too close to home for me. I see them once every year so I really disagreed with Deadpool’s analysis of their great music.
John: I though they beat of us over the head with the dub-step joke a bit too much. It was just an alright joke and they kept going back too it. Also, the gross-out jokes used with Russell’s pen prison shank were a bit too sophomoric even for Deadpool.
6. The movie’s big surprise was the reveal of Juggarnaut. How did you feel about how the movie handled him?
Brad: The look and feel of Juggarnaut was a little off. He should have been even bigger honestly and his helmet was also a bit off from the comics. They essentially just did the character from X-Men 3: The Last Stand and just made him taller. I just thought his look was lazy although I did like the surprise.
John: It was a nice surprise, and I LOVE how this was not spoiled in any trailers. That was genius. However, I think his addition gets into the over-stuffed sequel criticism I have. He was basically in the movie just to give everyone a reason to team up which, as Deadpool would say, just felt like lazy writing.
7. Were there any moments or performances that stood out for you?
Brad: Domino really was great and they gave us a good taste of her. I cannot wait to see her in more movies. Also, I liked that Negasonic Teenage Warhead had a girlfriend in this movie. Its true to her character and I liked how inclusive the decision was without the writers making it a big deal. They mention it, we get a joke about it, and we movie on. Very well done.
John: I loved how they essentially gave Domino Final Destination-type powers to make use of her being so lucky. It provided the movie with some really great sequences and the actress Zazie Beetz was perfect as that character. She was the character that I wished we got a little more from. The taste they gave us should have been a full meal…if you get what I am saying.
8. Where should the future of this franchise go? Do we need an X-Force movie next?
Brad: Deadpool 3 first would be great. I’m envisioning Cable possibly being the leader of the X-Force in the future. They could even do the Deadpool 3 movie and an X-Force movie side-by-side year-wise. Like we could get Deadpool 3 one year and then like 10-11 months later we get X-Force. If the merger with Disney does happen, the third Deadpool movie could have him killing all the Avengers like he does in the comics. That would be something else.
John: Personally, I think the potential merger with Disney should give the MCU the original X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and the X-Force can be Fox’s cinematic team. Deadpool does not belong with Disney at all, and they should not ask for his rights. I think Fox can flesh this out nicely, give each of these characters their own movies and then have big X-Force team-up movies. Hopefully that is how it all goes down, but who knows what Disney can pull off.
9. What is your overall grade of Deadpool 2?
Brad: I give it a B+, or a 8/10. This movie had great jokes and how they used Cable at the end was really thought-out well.
John: 8/10. We are in complete agreement on this one. This was the rare comedic sequel (SMH Hangover movies) that is actually good. That post credit scene is the best post credit scene of all time.