"Deadpool 2" is a film well summarized by one of its opening scenes.
Series protagonist Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) lies on top of gasoline barrels and rants wistfully about popular 2017 Marvel film "Logan," award show culture and the "Deadpool" franchise's success.
This fourth wall-breaking scene —another trademark of the series— is used to propel the film and the audience into the funny, complex Deadpool universe.
"Deadpool 2" brings an abundance of punches, punchlines and pesos. Released on May 18, the film topped $500 million worldwide at the box office yesterday, according to Forbes.
Directed by "Atomic Blonde" director David Leitch, the film offers the same no-holds barred comedic style as its predecessor. Countless pop culture-based one-liners and gory action scenes interweave with morbid hilarity.
That said, "Deadpool 2" is more than celebrity jokes or cheap gags. The film successfully mocks what it means to be a film, undermining the filmmaking process entirely. Computer-generated imagery is acknowledged rather than hidden, fight scenes attack Hollywood's fight scene authenticity and the narrator can manipulate both his world and the world his audience lives in.
"Deadpool 2" is always consistent in both its iconic humor and slapstick violence, so much so that at times the jokes can become repetitive. Additionally, the film is admittedly slow at times, particularly in the first half. However, pace should not deter from the plot of the film.
The surprise in "Deadpool 2" is not the controversial humor, the fourth-wall breaks or anything that shocked or amazed during the first Deadpool film.
Rather, the shock comes with an intense plot that forces the at best, morally ambiguous, Wilson into the roles of both heartbroken lover and savior of the disenfranchised youth.
While dealing with his own devastating loss, Wilson attempts to rescue Russell (Julian Dennison) from the dark future ahead of him. Though the comedy never wavers for a moment, there is an irrevocable sense of tragedy lingering throughout the film because of it.
In most films, this would only serve to create emotion; in "Deadpool 2" it serves a second purpose.
The film makes a joke out of Wilson's Wolverine obsession. Wilson's references to "Logan" flow with the film.
However, these jokes serve a deeper purpose. "Logan" redefined the modern superhero film. Its central themes mirror those in "Deadpool 2."
This is yet another way "Deadpool 2" turns itself into a statement piece about the film, rather than a simple action-comedy movie. Regardless of any comedic triteness, this is representative of the true, meta-fiction nature which should send audiences to see "Deadpool 2."