Director: David Leitch
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin
Release Date: August 21, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
The sequel to the first one! (That’s just lazy writing)
But wait…there’s more! If your second time wasn’t enough, your second, second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut gives you even more of everyone’s favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That’s a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package!
That lovable wisecracking Merc with a Mouth returns in his very first sequel! ‘Deadpool 2’ rejoins our (anti)hero Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Reynolds) who has now begun making a real name for himself wasting baddies across the globe. But when events lead him to a darker place than ever before, he reluctantly joins the X-Men as an official trainee, but only a young mutant kid in need can truly help Wade get back to himself, especially when a deadly figure from the future named Cable (Brolin) mysteriously arrives on the scene intent on eliminating the boy at any cost for reasons unknown.
Directed this time around by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, John Wick) from a screenplay by the returning duo of Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who penned the first film, although this time co-written along with Ryan Reynolds (or at least with some contributions from), Leitch does a wonderful job at the helm of ‘Deadpool 2’ capturing the charm and tone of the original, while also doing an excellent job perfecting the action sequences. The film also owes a tremendous amount of credit to the talented and well selected cast comprised of numerous new and returning individuals to the series including Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), Morena Baccarin (TV’s Gotham), Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople ), Zazie Beetz (TV’s Atlanta), T.J. Miller (TV’s Silicon Valley), Brianna Hildebrand (Tragedy Girls), Jack Kesy (TV’s Claws), Eddie Marsan (TV’s Ray Donovan) and many more, nearly all providing highly capable and spot-on performances in each of their respective roles whether large or small.
‘Deadpool 2’ is a vulgar, action-packed and massively entertaining good time. A hilarious and fast paced follow-up that only manages to outdo its predecessor in nearly every way, while also notably upping the ante when it comes to the action sequences but nonetheless managing to keep things largely down to earth and on a personal level at the same time. It’s an outstanding sequel that never disappoints along its thrilling course and is swiftly guided along by director David Leitch and of course tremendously complimented by the always undeniable charm of Ryan Reynolds who has thoroughly defined this role to say the very least, combined with some other returning faces in addition to some perfectly selected new ones including Josh Brolin who’s spot-on portrayal of Cable is simply magnificent, and the natural and always hilarious chemistry between Reynolds and Brolin easily manages to seal the deal. Any fan of the first film that hasn’t yet had the pleasure of ‘Deadpool 2’ will definitely want to make a point of rectifying that sooner than later, you’ll likely be beyond thrilled that you did.
Those specifically interested in the differences between the theatrical cut and the brand new Unrated ‘Super Duper $@%!#& Cut’ should be pleased to discover that this new unrated cut of the film includes approximately 15 additional minutes of new footage inserted throughout nearly the entire film resulting in some truly hilarious and well placed extensions to scenes, along with plenty of new quips from our babbling star. Perhaps even more surprising than so much extra content that’s actually worthwhile and spread throughout the whole movie as opposed to a useless scene addition or two like so many Unrated releases, this new cut of ‘Deadpool 2’ also goes one step further in switching up the fun by not only inserting new footage left and right, but additionally altering some footage from the R-rated theatrical cut; featuring entirely different lines and bits of dialogue throughout which really ends up helping to make this new ‘Super Duper $@%!#& Cut’ something special and definitely worthwhile for the fans.
Overall, ‘Deadpool 2’ is one ridiculously entertaining ride and a superior sequel in almost every possible way. Managing to repeatedly serve up more laughs, action and goofy fun than the original around every turn, ‘Deadpool 2’ is the full package and more than I honestly could have hoped for. ‘Deadpool 2’ is definitely highly recommended, especially for fans of the first film who won’t want to miss out on this insanely fun and superior sequel. Those that caught this one in theaters and enjoyed it will also probably want to make a point of checking out the new Unrated cut whenever you get the chance considering the new footage is consistently noticeable throughout and even many lines and jokes are changed to new dialogue making it a pretty fun and worthwhile new experience that’s well worth taking the time to revisit the film for.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Deadpool 2’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio on both the Unrated Super Duper $@%!#& Cut and R-Rated versions of the film. The video presentation looks wonderful altogether and delivers a sharp, richly detailed presentation from start to finish without any noteworthy faults to be uncovered along the way. It holds up admirably even during the darkly lit and/or fast moving action sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a pretty fantastic high definition video presentation from Fox that shouldn’t have any trouble satisfying the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on both versions of the film. This multichannel soundtrack provides a clean, crisp and wildly aggressive audio presentation throughout. It constantly takes full advantage of all seven available channels in order to send a frequent stream of bullets, explosions, debris and a plenty more whipping throughout the various speakers, and never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible (we certainly don’t want to miss any of Deadpool’s goofy and amusing quips after all). Overall, this is a magnificent 7.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers from start to finish and contributes a great deal of additional fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Deadpool 2’ includes a rather impressive collection of amusing extras, the entirety of which can be found on the Theatrical Cut Blu-ray disc (no extras whatsoever are included on the Unrated (or Super Duper $@%!#& Cut) disc). Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’ (only on the Theatrical Cut), in addition to a couple of ‘Deleted/Extended Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 3 minutes combined) and a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 3 minutes). We’re also treated to a collection of Behind the Scenes Featurettes that each dive deeper into bringing the sequel to life and featuring interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters’ (running approximately 15 minutes), ‘David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing Deadpool 2’ (approximately 12 minutes), ‘Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs’ (13 minutes), ‘Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes’ (9 minutes), ‘Roll With the Punches: Action and Stunts’ (7 minutes), ‘The Deadpool Prison Experiment’ (11 minutes), ‘The Most Important X-Force Member’ (2 minutes), ‘Chess with Omega Red’ (1 minute), ‘Swole and Sexy’ (2 minutes), and “3-Minute Monologue” (2 minutes). Also included is ‘Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2’ which includes both some ‘Stills’ relating to the film and a number of ‘Videos’ including everything from Trailers to Music Video’s, along with the ‘Deadpool: No Good Deed’ Short Film and more (running approximately 35 minutes altogether).