Deadpool 2 has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2018. This is a feat considering it’s being surrounded by movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. The first Deadpool hit theaters and broke more than a few R-rated records. It was also facing something that ruins franchises; the sequel curse. After an estimated $125 million opening weekend, it’s fair to say that Deadpool 2 is going to continue to crush it at the box office. But what made Deadpool 2 a must-see movie?
Give the people what they want
Fans are a fickle bunch. They want everything you’ve given them before all while giving them something new. That’s exactly what we were given. We got all of the ultra-violent action, the very creative and vulgar jokes, and the fourth wall breaks that have made the Deadpool franchise the hit has been. Another great example was watching Weasel and Domino recreate Weasel’s scene of making fun of how Deadpool looked. Instead of making fun of his skin, this time it was Deadpool’s baby legs and man-sized body. Same bit, new jokes.
Just like the first Deadpool, Wade starts off by saying what this movie will represent. Part one was a love story, and as a shot at people who took their kids to see the first one, part two was a family film. While this was a joke, the movie represented a lot of family values. Wade helping Russell despite his bitterness, Colossus coming back to help Wade regardless of him killing someone while he was an X-Man (trainee), or Cable sacrificing his chance to go back home to save Deadpool’s life.
A blockbuster is nothing without an amazing cast. Deadpool 2 stepped it’s game up and gave us a better cast than the first. First, the original group Blind Al (played by Leslie Uggams) Dopinder (Karan Soni) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) were even more amazing than their first go ’round. Then you have Josh Brolin hitting a home-run as Cable after his performance as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. There were also random cameos such as Matt Damon and Alan Tudyk who played the rednecks Cable tased and Brad Pitt as Vanisher. Despite all of them, the real MVP was Zazi Beetz as Domino.
Fans of FX’s Atlanta know how great of an actress Zazi Beetz is. I doubt even they saw her being this amazing as the mutant mercenary Domino. Zazi made it look easy. Guess she was just lucky that way (see what I did there?). Domino effortlessly made enough quips to keep up with Deadpool, fought hard enough to take on Cable, and smart enough to see Juggernaut and know even her powers wouldn’t help her. Maybe her biggest moment came at the end where she was given the opportunity to punish the people who hurt her as a child. Lucky for her, it tied right in with the people who were torturing Russell. Don’t be shocked when Zazi gets Domino a solo film.
As a huge fan of Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool, and Zazi Beetz, I had to put my bias aside. Deadpool 2 is going to be the most fun you have at the movies this year. You’ll belly laugh the entire movie, you may shed a tear in the beginning, and you’ll be at the edge of your seat with the action. The one knock is that the movie is very predictable. You know how the movie is going to end, that Cable is going to sacrifice going back to his future, and Russell isn’t going to turn evil. Having known all of that, it doesn’t take away from the movie or what happens to X-Force on their first mission. I highly recommend seeing it theaters. There’s nothing like laughing along with an audience full of fans.