Deadpool 2 Movie Review

May 22, 2018 By Southpoint Tuggeranong

Our favourite foul-mouthed snarky superhero is back - and just as ridiculous as ever. Ryan Reynolds returns, guns-blazing, mouth-running, as the disfigured Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool. Try as he might, he’s the superhero who will never quite fit in with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which is what makes the Deadpool franchise so refreshing.

In Deadpool 2, contract killer Wade (whose superpower is simply that he can’t die) has gone international, unleashing his vulgar humour and extravagant violence on the rest of the world. However, when his life takes a dark turn, he finds himself on a mission for revenge - or failing that, hunting for a way to successfully take his own life.

Taken in by Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Wade briefly attempts redemption as a trainee X-Men. Things aren’t so simple, though, when he tasks himself with the rescue and rehabilitation of Russell (Kiwi superstar Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), a young, out-of-control orphan mutant who has bestowed upon himself the unfortunate title of Firefist.

New characters are introduced - such as time-travelling assassin Cable (Josh Brolin) - while old favourites make an appearance - namely the endearing cab driver Dopinder (Karan Soni).

Directed by David Leitch, Deadpool 2 doesn’t dazzle as much as its startlingly original predecessor, however, its strength lies in its ability to make fun of itself. There’s enough Marvel in-jokes and meta references to keep even the newest superhero fan entertained. The mismatch of musical genres and epic cinematography - as well as side-splitting cameos and an extraordinary post-credits series of scenes - make Deadpool 2 easy viewing.

At its core, as you cut through the irreverent humour, brutal fight scenes and regular fourth wall-breaking, Deadpool 2 is a film about family - just not one to bring the whole family to. Maybe don’t bring your mum to this one (unless your mum is as cool as mine).

- Laura White

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