Jacob Richardson | 19/05/2018
Raucous, irreverent, bloody and undeniably joyful in it’s contrarian nature, Deadpool 2 delights in tearing down the genre norms and is all the better for it.
When Deadpool suffers a personal tragedy, he finds some modicum of solace in the protection of a young mutant, Russell - Firefist (Julian Dennison). Alas, this particular young mutant is being hunted by a time travelling cyborg from the future called Cable (Josh Brolin), who is intent on taking this kids life. Deadpool assembles the X-Force, including the lady of luck, Domino (Zazie Beetz) to save his new young mutant friend.
The original Deadpool was a burst of fresh originality in its take on decorum (What with the fourth wall breaking meta superhero and the buckets of blood and profanity that earned it’s R rating in the States), but it didn’t push the boundaries in terms of story. In fact, when you return to Reynolds first outing in the red suit now, you realise how much of a standard origin story it really was.
Deadpool 2 manages to fully realise the subversive nature of the hero, absolutely shattering your expectations of plot progression and story at every twist and turn. It makes for an insanely funny, and regularly laugh out loud, piece that refuses to let up at any point (although it’s re-watchability may be somewhat limited.
Brolin is a nice addition to the piece, bringing a different villainy than he did as the big purple baddie in the most recent Avengers. Zazie Beetz as Domino is super fun, with her incredible good luck giving her a permanently cheerful demeanour. Dennison as the young fire handed mutant brings some quirky New Zealand charm that is welcome, and a naivety to his performance that makes him truly endearing. And certain members of the X Force make a good impression too - particularly Peter (Rob Delaney), the average guy just put for a bit of fun, who seems as obsessed with preventing melanoma as he is with any sense of impending gun-related death.
But this is, and always has been, Ryan Reynolds’ show. Deadpool is synonymous with his own witty humour, and Reynolds gives another tremendous turn in the suit. He also jumps out of it in a post-credits scene to rival the very best.
The cameos also come thick and fast, with some appearances that will leave you jaw agape.
Most importantly, the film is fun. It never drags, and while the start may give you whiplash as it switches between different motivations and plot threads, once it hits it’s stride Deadpool 2 is an absolute hoot.
Deadpool 2 is even better than the first. Get to a cinema ASAP and check it out.