3 1/2 Stars
Deadpool 2 doesn’t achieve the same level of hilarity and violence as it’s predecessor, but it’s still irreverent mischievous fun. The central storyline that was crucial to the success of the original, Wade’s (Ryan Reynolds) journey to protect and secure a relationship with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). That narrative device is thrown away and focuses on Deadpool’s adversarial kinship with a young orphan (Julian Dennison). This proves a limited source of interest for audiences that appreciated the emotional heart of the first film. Still, the effortless comedic adlibs and scripted humor are elements to cherish.
Wade Wilson aka Deadpool is still the same infantile, moronic, violent mercenary as when we left him last. His operations have grown larger and in the opening moments of the picture, we see Deadpool exacting revenge on foes on a global basis. He’s still deeply in love with his wife Vanessa, but her murder forces Wade into a serious depressive state. Until he meets an orphan who has the power to change the world with his mutant abilities. This series of events leads to a future warrior, Cable (Josh Brolin), being sent to this time period to kill the child before he becomes a horrible threat to humanity.
It’s quite amazing that Deadpool 2 feels as free and loose as the original. It doesn’t feel bound to convention and clichés, and the mischievous tone and dialogue that punctuated the first film are present here too. After much discussion about the approach, this sequel should take Deadpool 2 is perhaps the only sequel they could have made that wouldn’t have felt like a cop-out or retread of past glories. Deadpool 2 is for fans of superheroes, action-comedies, Ryan Reynolds, and anyone with an appreciation of witticisms and pop-culture references.
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin