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Deadpool 2 (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
David Leitch

Starring:
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison

Other notable appearances:
Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Zazie Beetz, Bill Skarsgård, Lewis Tan, Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Shioli Kutsuna, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Alan Tudyk, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Evan Peters, Tye Sheridan

Running time:
119 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok

 

Wade Wilson (Reynolds) has been kicking arse and taking names as Deadpool since we last left him.

After a life-changing attack, Deadpool joins the X-Men as a trainee and, on his first mission, finds a mutant boy who needs his help. It falls to Deadpool and a ragtag crew of heroes to defend the boy against a time travelling soldier by the name of Cable (Brolin).

Keeping with the tradition started by Deadpool (2016), the second film in the franchise is filled with balls to the wall action, very funny pop culture jabs, great acting and a diverse soundtrack.

Reynolds is still magnificent in his role as the merc with a mouth. But what I enjoyed was how great the rest of the cast is too. Everyone manages to ham it up delightfully to match wits with Deadpool, but without going overboard with the cheese. 

The humour is still no holds barred with shots fired at DC, the X-Men films, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Reynolds’ past roles, and even a film starring Reynolds’ wife Blake Lively. There’s humour of all types, but it’s rarely inoffensive to someone or something.

I did find that some of the jokes that had been recycled from the first film went on a bit too long to be good homages. There were also a couple of scenes that were supposed to be funny then go for too long then go for so long that they are funny again, but they never really landed the last crucial step.

The plot to Deadpool 2 has some really great parts, but it also has some quite expendable parts that are deus ex machinaed away anyway. This makes for a story that is good, but not worth overthinking because it will drive you mad. 

I found Deadpool 2 to be a great follow up to Deadpool, though wouldn’t go as far as to say it was better than the original. If you enjoyed the first Deadpool film, there’s a good chance you will have an entertaining couple of hours in front of its sequel.

Rating:

“Doing the right thing is messy. You want to fight for what’s right, sometimes you have to fight dirty.”

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