Deadpool 2 (2018)
Directed by David Leitch
Based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld
Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, T.J. Miller, Karan Soni, Eddie Marsan, Zazie Beetz
Wade Wilson (Reynolds) lives his life as the unapologetic foul-mouthed Deadpool. When a time-traveling mercenary (Brolin) tries to kill a mutant teen (Dennison), Deadpool steps in to try and save him.
This movie is the follow-up to 2016’s wildly popular Deadpool. This one was directed by David Leitch (The Bourne Legacy) and written by Rhett Reese (Zombieland), Paul Wernick (Life), and Ryan Reynolds. The characters come from X-Men comic book creators Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld. This one stars Ryan Reynolds (Safe House), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men), Morena Baccarin (Serenity), and Eddie Marsan (The World’s End). The cast also includes Julian Dennison (Shopping), T.J. Miller (Big Hero 6), Karan Soni (Rough Night), and Zazie Beetz (Finding Her).
The writers did a very good job reintroducing the audience to the unique personality of the title character. The film gets off to a quick start and immediately provides heavy doses of both action and comedy. This movie also has a more traditional story to go with all of the violence and laughs. This script is an irreverent romp that doesn’t avoid pushing to the limit in every aspect. The new characters introduced in the film include a very solid villain and a number of new friends. This one is exactly what fans of the first film should expect. It’s predictable and sometimes even campy, but none of that matters thanks to the self-aware writing style.
The cast probably had a blast making this one. The story is wild and ridiculous, the dialogue is irreverent and comically profane, and the action is intense. Ryan Reynolds dives back into the title role with a hilarious performance. His delivery of dialogue and the chemistry he has with the other stars really make this one work. He’s got a number of talented people around him throughout this one.
Josh Brolin is a new face to the franchise, and he does a great job playing the straight man in the comedy. Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, and Eddie Marsan all add nice performances with important roles in the film. The cast also includes the return of T.J. Miller and Karan Soni. Their performances help push the comedy up a notch throughout the movie. This one is also filled with cameos and a number of performances by other talented people. Like the story, the performances just feel right for the world that Deadpool lives in.
This one is a visually solid film that brings out the best of the action sequences. The CGI, cinematography, and art direction are all solid. This one also has great music sometimes highlights and often contrasts with the visuals and the tone of the story.
This is not a family movie. Don’t let the Marvel connection draw you into taking the kids to see this. It’s an R-rated film that earns the rating right away. The violence is intense and the profanity flows. If you’re still on board, you might want to check this out if you love action comedies. I would also suggest this one to fans of the stars or the original comics. The story isn’t perfect, but there’s a lot to like from the film as a whole. I give this one 4.4 out of 5 stars.
Running Time: 119 Minutes
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