Review: Deadpool 2 – Daze of back to the past future

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Deadpool 2

Marvel’s infamous “Merc with a Mouth” is back on the big screen in the sequel to 2016’s surprise hit film, Deadpool. Well, it was a surprise to me at least; not so much for the hordes of enthusiastic DP comic fans and cosplayers out there.

Given the filmmakers’ irreverence for and satirization of superhero movies and the film industry in general, one would think that they could have come up with a more original title than Deadpool 2, but, alas, the title isn’t the only thing that falls flat this time around.

If you enjoyed the first movie, then you will most likely be thrilled with this new effort as well. Like the first time around, I guiltily had fun watching this fast, crude and out-of-control circus; but the new ringmaster, director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde), has a little trouble maintaining a lighthearted tone, especially for the first act of the film.

Deadpool 2Without being too spoilery, Deadpool 2 has our hero trying to do something good for the kids this time around; specifically a homely and abused mutant kid, Russell (Julian Dennison), who can shoot powerful fireball blasts from his hands.

And while mentioning “the kids,” like the first film, this one is most certainly not for children. Oh they’ll be begging you to see this movie, but don’t fall for it. If they need a superhero fix, take them to see Avengers: Infinity War again. Deadpool 2 contains ultra-crude and violent adult material – you have been warned.

It turns out that the kid, Russell, may do some naughty things in the future, so the comic-book character Cable (Josh Brolin) makes his live-action debut, traveling back in time to stop the child before things go awry. Our annoying antihero has sworn to protect Russell, so comic-book styled wackiness ensues.

We’re also introduced to the X-Force in this film, but most of those surprises should be experienced and not learned here. I will say that the first adventure of the new X-super-team is worth the price of admission on its own – and it is some kind of crazy fun.

Cable is okay, but the new character Domino (Zazie Beetz), whose superpower is simply being lucky, is the highlight of all the new heroes introduced in this film; although I liked “The Vanisher” quite a bit too (you’ll have to see him to believe him.)

Many of the gags in Deadpool 2 fall flat and have a significant “been there, done that” quality to them; but the film eventually kicks into high gear and becomes a satisfying and often hilarious action flick.  There are a zillion pop culture references and just as many throw away jokes, which will likely have you returning to see this movie more than once – if you are of a mind to sit through it the first time.
Grade: 6.5 / 10

Photos Copyright © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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