It's easy to say that Deadpool is a great movie, it had the fan support and a fresh take on comic book movies. Two years later with other movies stepping up to the plate, how does Deadpool continue on? There is more action, more jokes, more meta, and a lot more CGI. This movie embraced going big, but bigger isn't always better. Deadpool 2 fails in some of the key areas that made the first movie so great.
Deadpool 2 is a fun movie. It has so many great meta jokes that never stop coming. So many references to other movies or pop culture in general. It took what made the first movie great and doubled down. The first act of Deadpool 2 is littered with callbacks to the first movie. It gives you a second serving of that kind of humor trying to push it to the edge.
This doesn't always work out though. Yes, there are way more jokes, with a ton of them being great, but more than half of them fall flat. I'm not talking about jokes that maybe made you smirk at first. Jokes that were completely unfunny, that the movie just kept going on about. All the bad jokes really held back the really funny ones, making it harder to get into the movie. Those callbacks to the first movie were nice but made me want to watch the first movie rather than this one.
Deadpool 2 isn't as good as Deadpool. More jokes fall flat, the action is not as well realized, and there was plenty of pacing issues. Who thought it was a good idea to disjointly cut the movie together the way that they did. I'm talking about scenes that did not belong together being put right up next to each other. This created a dissonance to the story that didn't settle until halfway through the movie. Even then, the action problem was a constant reminder that the movie is directed by someone else. It might just be that I don't care for David Leitch's action directing style. The shaky camera shots followed by perfectly still camera shots, to emphasize a specific action, to go back to shaky camera shots.
You know what else was shaky, the CGI. Some of it is good, a lot of it is bad. For a movie that had its budget doubled compared to the previous one, Deadpool 2 had bigger dreams than the money could render. And Cable, what an underpowered guy. He's supposed to be this super strong dude that's scary but comes off as just another mutant. This isn't Josh Brolin's fault a writing problem.
I just want to iterate again that Deadpool 2 is not bad, there is just a lot of room for improvement. It doesn't have the focused storytelling of the first movie, nor the creativity, but it will probably be enjoyable enough for everyone watching it. Its fun, its quips topical, but it feels like there was lost potential in it.
7/10 Has a cameo that beats Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok