Review: Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 sees Ryan Reynolds putting on the red suit again as he pokes fun at the viewers, the crew, the cast, and most importantly, himself. After an unfortunate event leaves Wade Wilson searching for a purpose in life he comes across a young mutant boy  named Russell who struggles to withhold his powers. They form a brief bond before a time travelling mutant soldier threatens to eliminate the teenager. In an effort to rescue Russell, Deadpool creates a team of misfit mutants called X-Force. Much like the predecessor, Deadpool 2 is packed with crass comedy, gory violence, and pop culture references.

Reynolds once again proves he was born to play Wade Wilson/Deadpool as he’s able to rattle off jokes one after another. He works well with the returning cast while developing instant chemistry with Josh Brolin’s Cable and Zazie Beetz’s Domino. The addition of director David Leitch could be felt thanks to the well choreographed action set pieces. Leitch previously co-directed the first John Wick before directing Atomic Blonde.

Similar to the first, Deadpool 2 has an underlying theme that’s hidden behind all the profanity and gore. This time around there are moments of heartbreak that you would have never of expected. Family is a reoccurring theme as Wade tries to mentor the young mutant while being the leader of a squad that fights crime. The relationship between Wade and Vanessa is as great as it was in the first and gives Reynolds the opportunity to show off his range as an actor.

If you liked the first Deadpool you’ll likely enjoy the latest installment as this one is a lot of the same which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The rate they fire off jokes may be exhausting to some as you try to keep up with all the winks and nods. It’s better to have a sequel that’s too funny than a sequel that isn’t funny enough so if that’s your biggest complaint about Deadpool 2 than likely you got your money’s worth.

Rating: 8/10

Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Bill Skarsgård, Morena Baccarin, Lewis Tan, Rob Delaney, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, and Brianna Hildebrand in Deadpool 2 (2018)

 

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