A review of the latest super-hero movie “Deadpool 2”

The original “Deadpool” was made for just $58M but its takings were almost $800M so a sequel, indeed a franchise, was an inevitablity.

“Deadpool 2” was released just weeks after “Avengers: Infinity War” and both super-hero movies star Josh Brolin as big and bad, but the two offerings could hardly be more different. “AIW” brings together a whole plethora of well-established super-heroes in a titantic struggle for the future of the universe, but “D2” introduces totally new characters in a small X-Force that is a million miles away from the X-Men and the contest is simply over control of a kid from New Zealand.

What made “Deadpool” such a blast was its originality: a foul-mouthed, self-centred, camp super-hero of endless witticisms and special regenerative powers. The sequel – which reprises the style and some – can’t have the same originality and it pushes the envelope so far that sometimes – as with an allusion to the most infamous scene in “Basic Instinct” – made me feel more uncomfortable that amused.

But this is a triumph for Ryan Reynolds, who not only owns the eponymous role but this time is co-writer and co-producer, while new director David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde”) makes sure that there is never a dull moment – even during the credits.


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