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Movie Review: Deadpool 2

Wiseass superhero returns, still kills.

Deadpool 2 delivers. The movie isn't ideal, but it's funny from front to back (and features the most hysterical credits scenes maybe ever). The script, by returning scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, with Ryan Reynolds weighing in this time too, gives Reynolds' title wisenheimer another armory of weaponized sarcasm to blast out at everyone from fellow superfolk (of both the Marvel and DC persuasions) to Jared Kushner and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross. New director David Leitch, whose credits include Atomic Blonde and the first John Wick movie, keeps the elaborate (and bloody) action coherent for the most part; and at least one of the new mutants introduced—the charismatically cool Domino, played by Zazie Beetz, of Atlanta—should really have "SPINOFF" tattooed across her forehead.

Because the original Deadpool was such an out-of-nowhere box-office phenomenon, pulling in approximately $800-million on a budget of about $60-million, its sequel could easily have been a letdown. The fact that it's not is a happy surprise.

Wade Wilson, the guy inside the Deadpool suit, is still dying of cancer as the story begins, and he's in a pouty mood—to the point where he's been attempting to end his life (a near-impossibility). He snaps out of this funk when he learns about a teenage mutant named Russell Collins (Julian Dennison, of Hunt for the Wilderpeople), who's known in his super-kid mode as the flaming Firefist. Russell is trapped in an orphanage where he's being abused, and Wade makes it his mission to rescue him.

But the kid has also drawn the attention of a semi-bionic terminator from the future called Cable (Josh Brolin, at one point the target of a Deadpool jibe about his other summer job this year, playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War). Like Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, Cable has come to Earth on a mission of his own: to find Russell—who could become a big problem in the future from which Cable hails—and put him down. Deadpool, who's all Mr. Nice Guy these days, determines not to let this happen.

And here's the movie's problem. We already saw the softer side of Deadpool in the first film, in Wade's relationship with his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, still on hand). It was very sweet. But his tender concern for Russell, which takes up a lot of room here, becomes a distraction—in a Deadpool movie, every moment not filled with withering mockery is a moment wasted. We come for the riffs, not the feelz. Similarly, some of the inevitable overload of CGI action (which Deadpool himself derides) takes up space that might be more usefully devoted to our man's disdain and ridicule.

These shortcomings are easily overlooked, however, because there's so much else going on. There are a number of new superheroes on hand, for one thing, including Vanisher, whose actual presence is always in some doubt, and the aforementioned Domino, whose ambiguous superpower is…luck. There are also several clever cameos scattered throughout the picture, and a funny farewell appearance by T.J. Miller (now banished because of offscreen behavior), and a prefiguring of the mighty X-Force. This being Marvel—withering mockery or not—it's a pretty sure thing we'll be seeing more of that super-crew in the not-too-distant future.

Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

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  • Robert||

    They excelled the highly heralded credits sequence of the original? Wow.

  • bvandyke||

    Saw this last night, laughed the entire time.

  • gormadoc||

    If you think Domino's powers are ambiguous, just wait for Longshot to pop up in a movie. Scarlet Witch has already been in movies and her power "alters probability and reality."

  • BlueStarDragon||

    It's nice to hear that comic book movies are ok, Since the SJW's have been working hard at destroying comic books.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    +1 Captain Marvel

  • Procyon Rotor||

    I'm curious why they made Domino a black woman when her comic book look was so very distinctive and cool. I guess even the best movies can't escape a little virtue signaling.

  • Azathoth!!||

    This annoyed me--because they could have used the same actress.

    Domino is a mutant who can't pass--she's bluish white with a black patch over her eye.

    She would have looked great if they'd done her up right.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    I wonder if those diversity riders everyone was so excited about insist on screen/face time as well as just being in the movie.

  • 10mm||

    Shouldn't she be half black with that name?

    Maybe Domino is the new Oreo?

  • Hank Phillips||

    Finally, from Disney's Gladstone Gander to Niven's Teela Brown, it is now our good fortune to have another lucky superhero!

  • Hank Phillips||

    Finally, from Disney's Gladstone Gander to Niven's Teela Brown, it is now our good fortune to have another lucky superhero!

  • JoeB1||

    I give Deadpool 2 three thumbs up.

    Careful though. One of those isn't a thumb.

  • The Metonymy||

    This is such bullshit. Everyone in the movie has normal looking feet when that is NOT the way Rob Liefeld comics are drawn. And why couldnt they spare some CGI to show Cable's power to shrink his own head smaller than his belt buckle?

    I hate it when the movies change the looks from the comics and none of these characters look like Rob Liefeld drew them.

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