Deadpool Returns with a Bang!

May 25, 2018

4/5

Deadpool makes a return to theaters with a rise of action-packed comedy. Directly after the events of the first film, audiences now get to see Deadpool experience the concept of family. Let this not mislead you, this film is still Rated R. Full of swear words, violence, and outside references, “Deadpool 2” creates a faithful sequel in the series.

Having previously directed “Atomic Blond” (2017), director David Leitch starts his first full Marvel film with “Deadpool 2.” He joins with the returning writers, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Deadpool actor himself, Ryan Reynolds. Together, the team manager to create a entertaining film, making it seem like the two-year gap between the films never occurred.

Deadpool, whose real name is Wade Wilson, was an average man who encountered great tragedy. Having been struck with terminal cancer, he had taken up an experimental treatment and was given a superpower, the ability to regenerate. He could be shot hundreds of times, be chopped in half, or even have his head cut off, and he will still regenerate his entire body back. Healing faster than his cancer kills him, Deadpool became an anti-hero who ruthlessly kills criminals with a wise-cracking smile.

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Ryan Reynolds and Zazie Beetz in Deadpool 2 (2018)

The film starts with Wade celebrating his anniversary with his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Announcing that she is able to have children, the two plan for their futures with full hearts and happy spirits. After a sudden violent exchange with intruders, Vanessa is killed and Wade is left heartbroken and alone. In his depression, he is picked up by Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) in hopes to recruit Deadpool into the X-Men.

In an attempt to find meaning in his life once again, Deadpool joins Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) on a mission to apprehend a young fire mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison). There, Deadpool makes the decision to save Russell, to be the better person that Vanessa mentioned they could be with a child.

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Josh Brolin in Deadpool 2

It’s around this time that Cable (Josh Brolin) arrives in the present, after traveling from the future. He has only one goal in mind: to kill the same young fire mutant named Russell.

The film involves many references both inside and outside of the film itself; it doesn’t take itself too seriously and openly acknowledges that the film is just that, a film. It makes open comments and jabs to its characters, even including the DC universe (where Batman is from) and Ryan Reynolds himself.

Though the film’s pacing is a bit choppy, it manages to tell its story with relative ease. “Deadpool 2” isn’t afraid to introduce and immediately destroy some elements of the story on the road to humor. They aren’t crucial necessarily, but they are bloody.

The plot is simple, nothing truly amazing to rival others. It is stop-and-go with a lack of connection between characters besides with the main protagonist Deadpool and Vanessa, Russell, and Cable. Everyone else pretty much is a supporting person. It does provide a minor hindrance to “Deadpool 2” as a whole, but nothing too noticeable.

Plenty of the action sequences are well done with massive amounts of CGI (computer generated imagery). Often enough that Deadpool himself makes a comment about it. An example of this includes the introduction of the new mutant, Domino (Zazie Beetz).

Her special ability is being lucky, one that runs as a reoccurring joke for Deadpool explaining how that is not a real power. Domino casually jogs through a street as car crash all around her, each piece of dangerous metal barely missing her. This ability is hilariously ridiculous, but provides lots of opportunity for cinematic sequences.

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Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 2 (2018)

“Deadpool 2” is a great sequel that keeps its dirty jokes while still staying modern with its audience. Superhero fans will laugh at the multitudes of references, while casual movie goers will still receive comedic bits. A comedy with lots of money to spend, adults won’t be disappointed when attending “Deadpool 2”.

 

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