This was a highly anticipated film for me. Despite my usual distaste for gratuitous gore and foul language, the first Deadpool charmed me with its hilarious jokes, wry self-awareness, and breaking of the fourth wall. I expected more of the same from the second installment and I was far from disappointed. In fact, I think I enjoyed this one even more than the first, which is a rare feat!
I will say the movie did one of my least favorite things in the beginning - started at a dramatic point in the story, then rewound six weeks to explain how we got there. I've explained before how much I HATE this movie trope (used in Pitch Perfect 3 and Bad Moms 2 recently). However, the way Deadpool did it wasn't quite as irritating as most, so I'll give it a pass. From there the story develops in a way that is surprisingly heartwarming for a violent anti-hero film.
I loved all of the new characters introduced in this film, and I particularly enjoyed Domino. I loved that there was no two dimensional "I want to destroy the world" villain to defeat, rather different characters had clear and understandable motivations for what they were doing. It helped the movie explore some real-world themes that not everything is black and white, people are not all bad or all good, rather we all have the capacity for each within us.
Overall the movie was captivating, hilarious, and could have had a much longer run time and still had me glued to my seat. I want to see it a second time if only to catch the jokes I missed when I was laughing too hard at other ones. If you liked the first Deadpool you won't want to miss this one!