Review: Deadpool 2

Wade Wilson returns for the sequel to the monster $783m global box office smash Deadpool. John Wick alum David Leitch assumes directorial duties here in a hyper-kinetic, bloodier, and amped up ‘Part 2’  that more than serves as a decent sequel. And, yes, the post credit sequence is absolute gold!

It’s been a wild couple of years since we first met Wade Wilson as he announces in voice over, amid a barrage of brutal killings, that Deadpool 2 is a family film. It’s a clever ploy to introduce the X-Force into this cinematic world and for the comic-faithful it’s nice to see some lesser known mutants get their time in the sun. Given, the intrinsic gimmick nature of Deadpool, this follow up runs the danger of rehashing itself (which it does, a lot) into derivativeness. Luckily, thanks to the rapid fire quipping and pop culture referencing coupled with Leitch’s deft hand at stylised violence, Deadpool 2 is just as much fun as its predecessor.

Sometime in the future, vigilante Cable (Josh Brolin) finds his world shattered when his nemesis kills his wife and daughter. Unable to stop him there, Cable travels back through time to present day with the very Terminator-esque mission of killing the man when he’s a teenager – the foul mouthed and hot tempered Russell (Julian Dennison). As luck would have it, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), grief sticken by his own loss, just happens to be in the company of Russell after being recruited by the X-Men duo Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand)…. And that’s all I’ll say about the plot.

The freewheeling spirit of the original is alive and well here as Leitch’s manages to keep the balance between humour, profanity, ad-libbing and brutal comedic violence in solid supply. The film is loaded with cameos and, whilst the front half is a bit slow to get going, once the central story kicks in Deadpool 2 motors at a rapid fire pace.

Personally, the inclusion of fan favourite Domino, a mutant whose superpower is luck, is the films trump card. She’s sassy, she’s classy and the gift she wields is the most interesting in this universe. As is the downward decline of morals in everyone’s favourite taxi driver Dopinder (Karan Soni).

Deadpool 2 is exactly what you want it to be. Silly, insanely violent, all over the place, quippy, did I say Silly?, and a vehicle for Ryan Reynolds to take the piss out of everything – including himself. A hella good time, kiddies!

★★★★

DEADPOOL 2 releases in CINEMAS WEDNESDAY 16 MAY, 2018 through 20TH CENTURY FOX