Deadpool 2

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Deadpool 2

The jokes start to wear thin in the Merc with the Mouth‘s second, more conventionally plotted outing.

If you haven’t seen the first movie, which charted how gonzo mercenary Wade Wilson became Deadpool, good luck following this equally violent and potty-mouthed sequel. With its torrent of butt-foonery and CG viscera spliced with self-commentary and several hundred in-jokes, it’s seriously unforgiving of latecomers. If you’re not a fan, you may as well be living in a cave. And not the Batcave, obviously.

It kicks off with Ryan Reynolds’s super-antihero blowing himself sky high. His fiancée, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), has been killed while he was taking down another batch of faceless goons and, grief-stricken, he’s attempting to end it all. Being indestructible, this proves tricky, though it does allow for a brief meeting with Vanessa in the afterlife where he learns that finding his heart is the key to being permanently reunited.

It’s so un-‘Deadpool’, you almost expect cinema’s most notorious fourth-wall-breaker to call a halt to proceeding and declare it a joke. Instead, the movie toes an unconvincing line between sweary glibness and sentiment as Deadpool tries to protect Julian Dennison’s (‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’) orphaned misfit from Josh Brolin’s terminator-from-the-future, Cable. The action comes thick and extremely fast, too. Director David Leitch (‘John Wick’, ‘Atomic Blonde’) presides over swathes of deafening, frenetically edited sequences: things explode, stuff flips. Sometimes things flip and explode at the same time.

Reynolds, who birthed this surprise hit franchise almost single-handedly, carries it with his usual deadpan charm. There are some giggly joys on offer, too. One, an ill-fated parachute drop to AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’, features Rob Delaney (‘Catastrophe’) as Peter, an ordinary bloke whose superpower comprises mainly of having a moustache. But it’s a long movie and when its star isn’t on screen and cracking wise, the boundary-pushing shocks and endless self-references wear thin. Still, if you’re the Deadpool fanatic who recently had Reynolds’s name tattooed on his arse, you definitely won’t be grumbling.

By: Phil de Semlyen

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Release details

Release date: Tuesday May 15 2018
Duration: 0 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Leitch
Screenwriter: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Ryan Reynolds
Cast: Ryan Reynolds
Morena Baccarin
Brianna Hildebrand
T.J. Miller
Josh Brolin

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tastemaker

Deadpool 2 may no longer have the plucky underdog status of its predecessor and its extended marketing campaign may grate but this instalment will not fail to entertain. Ryan Reynolds is fantastic at breaking the 4th wall and the jokes and visual gags come as thick and fast as the comic blood-letting. Sure there are many in-jokes particularly to do with the Marvel universe, however, in Peter, there's a character everyone can enjoy.

tastemaker

I really enjoyed the first deadpool and so was looking forward to this one, however I didn't feel it lived up to the first one at all. It was funny in parts but nothing really blew me away or had me in stitches. I would say wait til this comes out on dvd, not worth a trip to the cinema for this one!

tastemaker

I will admit that there was action and some intense moments but the whole movie was eclipsed with Ryan Reynolds sarcastic remarks. I just don't find him funny and when he's made to be the main protagonist it doesn't bode well for me.

It wasn't as funny as I had hoped it would be and there were many forced and unnecessary parts. Yeah... I didn't enjoy it... Not one bit

Tastemaker

Loved the first Deadpool and I’m a big fan of the comic book character, that’s probably why I’m giving three stars. This film was action packed, funny, full of blood and (too) many gore moments, however some scenes felt forced, which took away some of the ‘magic’.

Regardless, I had a fun evening watching it.

tastemaker

The first one was definitely funnier and more enjoyable and I laughed throughout. There are moments that are funny in this and watching Ryan Reynolds is never going to be a terrible experience, he is undoubtedly the best thing about this film and had all of his usual witt. The kid was quite an annoying character and is in the film a fair bit, Brolin played a good part. It was an easy enough watch but not a film I'd rave about sadly so didn't live up to the expectations for me. 

Tastemaker

Nothing special - it was ok, and a bit of fun. It should've been 20 mins shorter. 

tastemaker

I really enjoyed the first one and with the second I felt they followed through with same tone however higher budget for action scenes. However I came out the movie feeling very "bleh" about it, feel like I need a second viewing to really enjoy some of the smaller jokes.