Bigger isn’t necessarily better in this sequel to the game-changing superhero Deadpool, but it’s just about on par – despite losing the ingenuity factor.
Coming from John Wick director David Leitch, a great way to compare the two would be this is John Wick: Chapter Two compared to John Wick – not quite as taut and refined as the original but deserves credit for expanding its range.
With foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) in disarray after a personal tragedy, he finds solace in siding with the X-Men – including Colossus (Stefan Kapacic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and newcomer, Japanese female ninja, Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) – to try and save a disturbed adolescent ‘firestarter’ in the form of Julian Dennison’s chunky Russell ‘Firefist’ Collins, who’s been abused at an orphanage led by Eddie Marsan’s headmaster.
But things soon go ‘south’ when a mysterious cybernetic time-travelling mutant soldier Cable (Avengers: Infinity War’s Josh Brolin) comes looking for Firefist – believing he’s the culprit for his wife and daughter’s deaths – leading to Deadpool and cowardly pal Weasel (TJ Miller) forming a rogue mini version of the X-Men, known as X-Force.
This consists of Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Vanisher (Brad Pitt) and Rob Delaney as civilian Peter – with some great comedic moments ensuing from their formation.
And while things are slightly choppier in the editing department than the first film, there’s still plenty of trademark Deadpool one-liners, action set pieces and ‘fanboy’ surprises – including one major character introduction that won’t be spoiled here – to become another enjoyable vulgarity-laden romp when you add up the sum of its parts.
Brolin impresses as Cable – but maybe doesn’t quite live up to all the comic-book hype with all the internet furore surrounding the character – but it’s Beetz’s mutant-probability powered Domino (which basically means she’s lucky) that steals the show alongside Reynold’s ‘Pool, with a terrifically cool debut.
It definitely has a hard-act to follow after Brolin’s other recent Marvel character Thanos changed the landscape of the MCU a couple of weeks back – but does what it does best by being a slightly bolder and amplified version of the first film.
Which basically means if there’s one major criticism – it does play it a little safe with the storyline around the interlaced comedic interludes.
But there’s no doubting that Deadpool has continued where he left off by headlining a new era of adult-orientated superhero films – and watching Reynolds’ ‘Regenerating Degenerate’ here is just as much fun as it was in the original.
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Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, Tj Miller, Julian Dennison, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Leslie Uggams, Terry Crews, Karan Soni, Jack Kesy, Shioli Kutsuna, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgard, Rob Delaney, Eddie Marsan, Hugh Jackman & Brad Pitt
Running Time: 1 Hr 59 Mins
Director: David Leitch
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