It Has More Memorable Characters
By virtue of the fact that it had to tell the origin story of the Merc with the Mouth, took a relatively grounded approach to its story and the characters who inhabited it. With that groundwork in place, takes the baton from its predecessor and injects an entire army of memorable heroes and villains into the equation, such as X-Force members Cable, Domino and Peter. Beyond that, characters who had less to do in the original (such as Dopinder and Colossus) really shine as David Leitch lets their freak flags fly. With less emphasis placed on Wade himself, offers up a cast that’s far more diverse and interesting.
The Action Is Better
This is merely a byproduct of bringing in one of the directors behind , but it’s endlessly important nonetheless. David Leitch has become a modern master of on-screen combat, and while Tim Miller’s work on the original is undoubtedly impressive, the sequel surpasses the action chops of the first film on practically ever level. Wade feels like a highly-trained hand-to-hand combatant, and every character has a fighting style that feels unique to his or her own size, shape and personality. Moreover, the camerawork is smooth, the takes are long and manages to stand alongside the instant classic work done in films like and . It’s another clear win for Leitch.
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