"Deadpool 2" makes a point of not taking itself too seriously, which can be harder than it looks.
The "Deadpool" sequel doesn't so much break the fourth wall as take a seat on the opposite side of it, with such an abundance of meta references - starting with a jab at "Logan", featuring the Wolverine character that helped sire Deadpool's cinematic exploits - that Reynolds' character practically takes a seat alongside the hard-core fans for whom they're intended.
The movie offers a bracing corrective to the Marvel traffic management smash of the moment, "Avengers: Infinity War", which has sent millions of preteens into a collective, low-grade cloud of fatalism while proving to kids and adults, once again, that a superhero movie doesn't need rhythm or even interesting action scenes to fulfill its corporate directive.
As unpredictable as he is, how proud are we that this guy is Canadian? Plain and simple, Deadpool 2 delivers in every way that those who are excited about the movie are expecting it to. The difference is that none of it's shocking anymore, since we've been down this road before. One or two of the gags land - such as a non sequitur about Guy Pearce - but Deadpool 2 is mostly just a carbon-copy of its smugly satisfied predecessor.
Like the first one, this is an eminently quotable movie, though most of those quotes aren't suitable for print in a family newspaper. Where the first movie (which was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar) caught moviegoers off guard with its tongue-in-cheek violence and wit, the sequel - credited inexplicably to five writers, including Reynolds, Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza - is like a leftover slice of pizza. And there is a lot of new stuff.
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Just like the first film, the plot also suffers.
The storyline goes as such - edging closer to becoming an X-Man but not quite, Deadpool soon becomes embroiled with a fellow Mutant (Hunt For The Wilderpeople's breakout star Julian Dennison) and a time-travelling cyborg named Cable (Brolin) and mayhem of various degrees of magnitude ensues once the "derivatively" named X-Force their debut.
Some of those additions are pretty fantastic. Make no mistake about it, Zazie is fine in the role and gets some badass action sequences including her own one-on-one fight with Cable, but viewers are left knowing nothing about her other than a rough sketch of her personality and superpowers. All of the new characters feel as though they have a distinct goal and the ones who are important enough to warrant it are fleshed out in a satisfying manner. Any deeper themes get dropped or sidelined, in service of moving the story along to the next big set piece.
The release of Deadpool 2 is upon us. The idea is to motivate Wade to get into a different mindset and while it works within the context of the film, it ultimately feels like a stretch and a completely unnecessary move. A few times I found myself anticipating a punchline during a gut-wrenching moment, or still digesting a sad moment as a silly one came along to interrupt it. So it's just kind of there, slowly getting buried underneath an avalanche of butt jokes and superhero snark.
Zazie Beetz plays the very lucky Domino in "Deadpool 2".
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