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Now that the important part of the review is over, let’s get on to the endnotes:

Overall Score: 9/10 – This movie has laughs aplenty, but more than just humor, it’s also got heart. While the first Deadpool film is one of my all-time favorite movies, and is maybe a 10/10 just because the jokes were so on, I have to say this one had more of a purpose and told an even stronger story. It wasn’t as simple and fun, but it still had me laughing out loud so many times, and I might even confess that I got a little choked up there at one point. And no, before you make a rated-R joke that is not appropriate for this G-rated blog… IT WAS BECAUSE OF FEELINGS, not… anything else.

Maddie Rating: 10/10 – Deadpool is one of my favorite comic book characters, and the first Deadpool movie is one of my favorite movies. Deadpool 2 did not disappoint. This movie was X-ceptional in so many ways, and I will definitely watch it again. Sunday. I’m watching it again on Sunday. In case you were wondering. I’ve already got the tickets.

 

So, long story short (and may I add that clocking in at exactly two hours, this film was refreshingly paced compared to so many 2.5+ hour superhero films these days), here’s that part where I just list all my opinions about this movie in a stream of consciousness with no coherent format whatsoever:

Deadpool 2 was great. There really is nothing else that needs to be said about it – go buy a ticket and see this movie immediately (seriously, why are you even still reading this? Is it because you saw it already and you’re giving it a day to soak in before seeing it again? I get that. In that case, please feel free to continue).

It’s hard not to compare this film to its predecessor (and I’m talking about Deadpool, here, not X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in case you were wondering) – and I think with that comparison in mind, this movie does exactly what a sequel should. It builds upon the original story, characters, and plotlines and makes them richer and brings them more emotional depth. Deadpool 2 definitely had some ups and downs, and I appreciated how much heart came through in the storytelling, even while it maintained the raunchy, no-holds-barred humor from the first film. There were a few callbacks to the last one, which is usually something that turns me off in sequels, but they were done fairly well and didn’t feel like overkill or a rehashing of where we had been before. There were a couple of jokes that didn’t quite land for me, but that’s a little inevitable when it comes to comedy and it wasn’t anything that couldn’t be brushed off. It was great to see Deadpool just as funny as ever, but with a little more emotional resonance and relationship with other characters.

And boy were there other characters. Favorites from the first film returned, and the new additions are AMAZING. I won’t say much here, because you’ve got to go experience it yourself, but the two I will call out are Domino and Cable.

DOMINO. OH MY GOD, DOMINO. She was everything. EVERYTHING, people. She was gorgeous and funny and confident and I was just in awe of her the whole time. The character was so well done and I loved the way she played off the other characters and I want her to be in every scene of every movie for the rest of time. The film riffs off itself in joking about how difficult it would be to show how having the power of luck would appear… But Deadpool 2 did it flawlessly, hilariously, and theatrically, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Josh Brolin was incredible as Cable – he brought his typical rugged toughness to the role, and I really enjoyed the way his scenes were written and the performance he gave. It was really cool finally having Cable in a film, and I think they did a phenomenal job with it. Plus, the CGI was very impressive – almost as impressive as Josh Brolin’s abs. Because… Dang.

But beyond the gorgeous characters and the funny jokes (Marvel and DC movies, prepare to take a well-earned roasting), and the really clever and amazing X-Men / X-Force references, call-outs, and character appearances (a few in particular that I was very excited about, as a big X-fan), this movie was about love. It was about friendship and heart and family and doing what’s right, once in a while. And that’s a movie worth paying a full-priced ticket for.

 

PS – Here is a picture of me touching Deadpool’s butt at Comic-Con. Because why wouldn’t you want to see that?

I did it for all of us, people. For all of us.