Just as well I’m quitting with the Deadpool stuff before it gets silly.
Alright, so I saw it again last night and while my time and words are still limited, I guess I can still say something about it.
On second viewing, I’ve decided this is better than the first movie. Especially considering that a sequel is not meant to be that good. Yeah, there was a lot of rehashing, but it was done right.
The jokes, the violence, the heart were – like Cable’s gun – dialled up to eleven. The back-filled plot and exposition were neater, a single story-in-story that was capped with an “all caught up” as traditional. While some of the beats were maybe a little over-repeated, I did enjoy them.
The cameos, the easter eggs, the pop culture references, and the characters themselves were simply amazing. They did everything right – and yes, that included killing pretty much the entire X-Force in a single hilarious skydiving incident. And the post-credits scenes were nothing short of perfection.
Cable was great, and Domino was better. Negasonic and Yukio were adorable, and if under-utilised at least it was for a good reason. Bandhu and Weasel were classic, such a shame T.J. has apparently lost his shit and won’t be back. He reparteed good. And newcomer “Russell” was very good. Great job.
The sentimental scenes, the visuals and the soundtrack, the moral of the story, and the resolution, were all crafted beautifully. I foresee complaints about the time-slider undoing a lot of the emotional impact of the movie, but it didn’t really work that way for me. Okay, I was a bit disappointed in the same way I’m pre-disappointed that the Avengers will undo all those deaths, inevitably. By the same token, I’m used to the idea now. Also, I’ve been waiting for Wade’s girlfriend to die since day one since that’s one of the main triggers of his madness and antiheroism in the comics. The only disappointing part of her coming back was that they didn’t (so far) replace her with Death. But his search for death was the same, and apparently they’re not doing it that way in the movies, for Deadpool or Thanos.
So, all good. Vanessa gets to come back, and the death scene – and all the usually-waffly visions that accompanied it – was amazing. The Take On Me reference, as Wade is pulled through the barrier, made me even-almoster cry the second time around.
Brilliant. Just brilliant. If I had the time and cash, I’d go again. I wish it would stay in cinemas long enough for me to go and see it with my dad (and that’s really saying something), if only because Laurie, the only friend he had who’d go to these movies with him, is dead now.
There’s a lot more to unpack here, like what changes he’s made in the timeline by “repairing” it. And what it means that we have this alternate Colossus and alternate Juggernaut in the known post-Apocalypse continuity now. Because this movie was canonically fitted into the new X-Men Dark Phoenix era.
But I’m almost at work, so let’s take all that to the comments. Just be warned that there will be SPOILERS there that I will not be spoilertexing.
Go see the movie!
– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while on the bus.