Thinking of taking in ‘Deadpool 2’? In case you missed the warning label on the last one, please don’t bring the kids – this ain’t ‘Captain America’, after all.
It IS one unique superhero franchise though, and Ryan Reynolds certainly has found the role of his career in Deadpool; even if this sequel is a big, overstuffed (and admittedly, entertaining) excuse to showcase both over-the-top violence AND the masked man’s over-the-top humor. Quite often, this film simply transforms into Deadpool’s 90+ minute set at the Comedy Store – only this routine includes a lot of bullets and blood.
Yep, he swears, he kills, and the most valuable piece of his arsenal is rapid-fire one-liners, many of them pop culture related – hey, that’s Deadpool. With a foundation SO constructed on the main character and his never ending barrage of insults (man, the spandex-clad competition, even fellow heroes in the Marvel universe, take ‘er on the chin here), it’s easy to overlook the fact that ‘Deadpool 2’ is a pretty decent action flick – director David Leitch (‘Atomic Blonde’) knows his stuff, and there are few dull moments to be found.
The plot, almost unnecessary given the self-admitted goofy nature of the project, involves cyborg assassin Cable (Josh Brolin) arriving from the future to hunt a young, misguided orphan mutant (Julian Dennison). Deadpool accepts the task of trying to stop Cable, and since those goody two-shoe X-Men won’t help, he drafts his OWN team (branding it the ‘X-Force’), which hilariously includes a dude with zero superpowers, who merely “saw the ad”.
That’s what we’re dealing with, here….a seriously ruthless action/comedy that, while it doesn’t sport the cinematic greatness of an ‘Avengers’, DOES have a big plus going for it – it refuses to TAKE itself seriously.