It’s time for another round of insanity, courtesy of the multi-talented Ryan Reynolds taking up the Deadpool mask once again. It certainly helps that Reynolds was on the writing team to give Deadpool 2 a very similar feel to the first Deadpool movie in both humour and pace. That said, the storyline is quite different from the original. This gives it a distinctive feel, while keeping the fast action pace with a side order of emotions.
Right at the start, Deadpool is flaunting the 4th wall, with a music box that will bring back memories of a recent X-Men movie. Then we set off with a bang. Literally. We catch up with Deadpool travelling the globe, taking down bad guys from Tokyo to Sicily. Keep an ear out for Dolly Parton. Wade and Vanessa celebrate their anniversary, and they are just as schmaltzy as in the first film. The title sequence which comes after this is longer than expected, and has a definite James Bond feel to it.
Deadpool 2 has a slew of people in this one, with both old and new faces. The X-Men Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are back from the first movie, as is Blind Al, Weasel, and Dopinder the taxi driver. Keep an eye out though as there’s a few lightning appearances from surprise guests. Josh Brolin appears as Cable, and gets called Thanos at least once by Deadpool. The 4th wall breaks are often slight and fast, so stay focused.
Blind Al has one of the best lines in the movie, “we can’t really live, until we die a little”. She does not feature as much as in the original, but her presence is like a warm blanket. There’s quite a bit of development in the friendship between Colossus and Deadpool through the movie. He ends up back at Professor Xaviers School For The Gifted a couple of times. He also ends up in mutant prison, along with a few more familiar faces. Which begs the question of why they need such a huge prison for mutants? Is this where Batman hides the bad guys? According to Deadpool, he IS Batman. Glad we cleared that up.
Deadpool wants a bigger crew for the major showdown, and goes looking to recruit. He finds several mutants, including Zazie Beetz as Domino, Terry Crews as Bedlam, and Bill Skarsgård (son of Stellan Skarsgård, a regular in Marvels Thor/Avengers movies) as Zeitgeist. He also finds Peter (Rob Delaney). They then zoom off to the rescue with a rocking soundtrack.
Deadpool has to figure out who he truly is in the superhero cosmos. What rules he lives by, what way he wishes to go. He has to find out that family is not the bad F word, and then teach others. It really is a family film. But seriously, don’t take the kids. Make sure to stay for the two end credit scenes. They are vitally important to the overall storyline. A staff member at the cinema said he felt Deadpool 2 was “as good as, if not a little bit better” than the original Deadpool. That sounds pretty accurate.
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