X-FORCE ORIGINS: DEADPOOL
The script, however, is a bit of a mess. Credited to Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick along with Ryan Reynolds there’s a constant tug-of-war going on between Deadpool and the X-Brand. Without spoiling things, this film is an X-Force origin with Deadpool as frontman. Thankfully, the looser tone and structure of this movie allows it to own its messiness and call itself out for it. But that doesn’t entirely absolve it of those issues. The film comes dangerously close to veering off-course but never does.
The benefit here is Deadpool’s arc, which is about him learning how to let others in and become part of a family rather than be on his own. Deadpool’s personal journey meshes well with the establishment of X-Force. It forces the character out of his narrow worldview and towards being a hero. This dulls Deadpool’s edge to some extent, but he’s still very much the Merc with a Mouth.
Ryan Reynolds owns the role of Deadpool, but this you already know. In his second major comic-book appearance of the year, Josh Brolin doesn’t have as much dramatic meat to chew on as he did playing Thanos, but as an ass-kicking cyborg with no sense of humor, he’s more than up to the task. The chemistry between him and Reynolds is excellent, too.
Zazie Beetz is excellent as Domino. Baccarin makes the most of her screentime as Vanessa. The other returning characters are all fine, some getting beefier roles than others. Generally, the members of the X-Force are ready for their franchise to kick off.
All in all, Deadpool 2 is burdened by new characters and franchise-building. It is a decent superhero adventure but falls short of its predecessor.
Deadpool 2 is in theaters now.