DEADPOOL 2 Review – Most Welcome Homicidal Hilarity

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DEADPOOL 2 Review by Staci Layne Wilson

Deadpool 2 Review

He’s lewd, crude, and… kinda sweet. Yes, the indestructible superhero Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is back for sloppy seconds in Part 2 of a franchise that’s as likely to be as long-lived as its namesake.

When the first Deadpool movie came out in 2016, it was a revelation and a comedy that took on the overly-serious, super-angsty genre and turned it upside-down (and while it was there, we saw its underwear!). Juvenile and silly, sure – but the movie had barbed-wire heart and a sticky finger on the pulse of the pop-culture zeitgeist.

That’s all well and good out of the gate, but when it comes to the sequel you’ve got to build on that foundation and do something that’s familiar and yet unexpected. Does Deadpool 2 accomplish that lofty goal? Nope! Do I really care? Nope!

Yes, it’s more of the same – hardcore action sequences (in slo-mo, of course) set to cheesy-brie ballads, Deadpool demolishing the fourth wall, and plenty of dick jokes – but it’s still fun. That is thanks in large part to the nerdy and nifty comedic minds of main screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (the guys behind the brilliant Zombieland) and Reynolds himself. Although the film is close to two hours long, it flies by faster than a speeding bullet.

At its core, Deadpool 2 is a love story. One of romantic love – Deadpool still pines for his deceased darling, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). And one of familial love – the unkillable idol takes troubled teen mutant Russell (Julian Dennison) under his wing. It’s about banding together for the greater good. Moments between Deadpool and his nemesis, Cable (Josh Brolin) are simply the best.

Film freaks will find nirvana in all the jokes, asides, and homages. There’s a James Bond inspired opening sequence, and even a quip about an excellent but little-known Guy Pearce performance in an independent 13-year-old Australian western called The Proposition. Wow. Cinema geeks unite! The music is strange and unwieldy, including songs from Yentl, Annie, A-Ha’s Take On Me, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, and Bangarang by Skrillex and Sirah.

Deadpool could wear out his snarky welcome if part 3 doesn’t have more plot and less potty-jokes. As even he admits when meeting fledgling superheroes, ““We need them tough, morally flexible and young enough to carry a franchise for 10-12 years.”

Rated R
2 hours

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DEADPOOL 2 Review by Staci Layne Wilson

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