“In every superhero film,” says mutant Wade Wilson, aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), “there’s a point where the hero hits rock bottom.” Then he says, breaking the fourth wall to talk to the audience, “You’re looking at it.” We watch his motley superhero team — the X-Force — fail to stop vengeful, time-traveling bad guy, Cable (Josh Brolin), as he pursues teenage mutant Russell, aka Fire Fist (Julian Dennison), whom Deadpool has promised to protect. That’s the setup for “Deadpool 2,” sequel to the 2016 original which was a surprise box-office success ($783 million worldwide).
Does Deadpool continue to interrupt as we watch his movie? Will you get all his superhero jokes? Have you seen all the other superhero movies? Are his jokes funny or just snarky? (Confession No. 1: I thought they were snarky.)
Ryan Reynolds returns as foul-mouthed, goofus superhero Deadpool, whose non-stop, expletive-filled comments about Wolverine, Black Panther and other superheroes, I found mostly annoying rather than funny. (Others in the audience laughed out loud.) Josh Brolin is Cable, bad guy from the future, determined to destroy Russell, played well by Julian Dennison, before young mutant Fire Fist develops his adult taste for murder. Compared with Reynolds’ antic Deadpool, Brolin’s no-nonsense Cable is a sourpuss. “You’re so dark,” Deadpool says to Cable, “are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?” (Confession No. 2: That’s a funny line.)
Others in the cast include Morena Baccarin as Wade’s patient girlfriend Vanessa and Zazir Beetz, aka superhero Domino, whose power is being lucky. Stefan Kapicic is voice of Piotr Rasputin, Deadpool’s big metallic pal, Colossus. Watch for Brad Pitt and Matt Damon in quick cameos.
“Deadpool 2” is a meta-movie — a superhero movie about superhero movie-making for superhero fans. (Confession No. 3: I’m not a fan.) It’s a film that makes fun of the genre while it becomes a superhero franchise itself. (Two more Deadpool films are in the works.) Of DP2, director David Leitch says, “The opportunity to do ‘Deadpool’ is different in that [its] world is so fun and irreverent, you can kinda go anywhere.” And so it does — from the beginning when, as narrator, Reynolds says, “Believe it or not, ‘Deadpool 2’ is a family movie and, like every family movie, it begins with a murder — like “Bambi.”
Rated R for sex, nudity, language (90-plus f-words), violence and frightening images, “Deadpool 2” runs 119 minutes. Fans will want to stay through the final credits for additional scenes.
Superhero send-up flick;
Can Reynolds make this pic click?
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