Directed By: David Leitch
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Eddie Marsan, Shioli Kutsuna, Stefan Kapicic, et. al.
After the love of his life is killed by people seeking vengeance on him, Wade Wilson (a.k.a. Deadpool) spirals into a suicidal mania, complicated by his mutant ability to heal rapidly. Eventually taken in by his X-Men friends Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Wade attempts to join their team in an effort to give purpose to his life. On his first outing, Wade connects with a young mutant who is angry and lashing out at his abusers, causing Wade to attack the men and get both Russell and himself arrested and sent to a secure mutant prison. While there, an assassin from the future named Cable arrives to stop Russell from becoming a powerful supervillian called Firefist who winds up killing Cable’s family. Wade then decides to form his own team of heroes to find and rescue Russell and the future is show Cable that people can change by persuading Russell that revenge isn’t always the best answer.
The original Deadpool movie managed to revive Fox’s dying superhero franchises. With the X-Men slowly losing steam and failures to launch from Fantastic Four and Daredevil, the much-awaited Deadpool was seen as a way to renew interest in the characters the studio still held the rights to. Its self-aware, self-referential humor was a breath of fresh air compared the increasing seriousness of its counterparts. This sequel continues with that brand of humor, keeping its tongue firmly planted in cheek, and still manages to have an emotional through point. In many ways, Deadpool 2 is better than Deadpool. One of them being that the storyline is slightly stronger, and the fact that there are actual emotional stakes and reasons behind the action. And, while Reynolds and company manage to find the humor in most scenes, it doesn’t detract from the message about acceptance and forgiveness.
The effects in the movie are great, and on par with the quality of the previous film. There are several explosions and displays of mutant powers. The background filler isn’t noticeable.
Anyone who was a fan of the first movie should like this one, too. The humor is on the same level and there’s a better story. It’s also something you can watch without getting lost, as is typical for most action/comic book movies.
Deadpool 2 isn’t available anywhere to stream at the moment, but can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased at a participating store or online retailer.
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