Movie Review: Deadpool 2 - the excitement continues

Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times
Pop culture references and social commentary forms the basis of most jokes in Deadpool 2.
Camera IconPop culture references and social commentary forms the basis of most jokes in Deadpool 2. Credit: Washington Post \ Bloomberg

Movie Review: Deadpool 2 (MA 15+) - 8/10

Two years ago, Ryan Reynolds turned the Marvel universe on its head with the release of the highly-anticipated Deadpool.

Fast forward a couple of years and the Canadian actor has pulled on the red tights for a second run at the foul-mouthed, vengeful and downright dangerous comic book superhero in Deadpool 2.

Despite most sequels not living up to the original’s heights, this movie is amazing as a continuation of Deadpool’s alter ego Wade Wilson and his story.

Unlike the first film, Deadpool 2 is not focused on revenge and instead sees the chemically-engineered human trying to find his place in the world and a purpose beyond killing bad guys.

By sheer coincidence he runs into troubled mutant Russell Collins (Julian Dennison), who is eager for revenge on the evil headmaster of the orphanage he lives in.

Josh Brolin plays Cable, the main protaginist in Deadpool 2.
Camera IconJosh Brolin plays Cable, the main protaginist in Deadpool 2. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox / AP

This leads to an encounter with Cable (Josh Brolin), a cyborg-hybrid human from the future who has come back in time to try to kill Russell.

From here hilarity, violence and fantastic fight scenes ensue as Deadpool tries to stop Cable from killing Collins, all the while trying to find his place in the world.

Deadpool 2 has as many hilarious quips as its predecessor and Reynolds’ ability to bring in social commentary and the art of not taking himself too seriously, makes you feel like you are laughing right alongside him.

Despite having a much bigger budget than the first film, Deadpool 2 keeps much of the same charm and hits all the right notes in terms of CGI fights and stunts.

Ryan Reynolds returns as the witty, disturbed and dangerous Deadpool in Deadpool 2.
Camera IconRyan Reynolds returns as the witty, disturbed and dangerous Deadpool in Deadpool 2. Credit: AP, Twentieth Century Fox

Cameo appearances from high profile celebrities add to the film in a nice way, ensuring it is not just a predictable comedy-action film.

There are so many possibilities in terms of what they can do with the X-Men and Deadpool, with a cross-over surely in their future.

Overall, Reynolds and his fellow writers thought through the premise and made sure they delivered on what they promised.

Now their issue is, how do they top it for a third film?

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