Deadpool 2 (2018)

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The Merc with the Mouth returns for his long awaited second adventure, which features some unexpected surprises that only Ryan Reynolds and crew can deliver.

Things are looking up for Wade Wilson, the former mercenary who has become the superhero known as Deadpool. However, his world has been turned upside down when his latest target, a Russian gangster, has hidden himself forcing Deadpool to do something he never imagined and that’s escape. The retaliation from that gangster leads to the death of his beloved Vanessa, who was ready to start a family with the Merc with the Mouth.

Reeling from the guilt of losing Vanessa, Deadpool decides to join the X-Men on a mission involving possibly rescuing a 15-year old mutant named Russell, who goes by the name Firefist because of his ability to emit fire from his hands. However, when he learns Russell has been abused at the orphanage he is attempting to escape from, Deadpool’s effort to help him land both he and Russell without any powers and in prison. Meanwhile, a futuristic android named Cable has arrived and intends to stop Russell. When Deadpool narrowly escapes and gets his powers back, will he be able to find a way to stop Cable from getting to Russell?

It has been two years coming and it has finally arrived! When Deadpool first busted his cranium onto screens in proper form two years ago, it was a monster hit with Ryan Reynolds perfecting the role to a tee, and teasing that Cable, the eventual leader of X-Force, would be in the sequel and did they deliver on that one. With the original writers and star Ryan Reynolds collaborating on the script and under the direction of John Wick co-helmer David Leitch, this sequel is just about as good as the original and adds some very unexpected surprises.

The first ten minutes are both action packed and somber as we see our hero slicing and dicing his way in both Hong Kong and Tokyo, even bringing some of his trademark humor. However, when things take a serious turn, it leads to a James Bond-inspired opening credit sequence that looks great and in typical DP fashion has mock credits that are more hilarious than the original.

Once again Reynolds is great and while we are still treated to his trademark humor that made him perfect for the role, there are beats of seriousness, especially when we see Morena Baccarin’s Vanessa serve as the voice of reason for Wade to be there for someone to make his heart grow. Some of the original characters from the first film return, notably Stefan Kapicic as the voice of Colossus and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who sports a bit longer hair than her previous outing. A welcome new addition who doesn’t get any action until the third act is Shioli Kutsuna as Yuko, NSW’s girlfriend who is also a mutant and brings a sense of “kawaii” when it comes to how she acts towards our hero.

Julian Dennison, a 15-year old actor from New Zealand, brings joy and fire as Russell aka Firefist while Zazie Beetz’s Domino lives up to having the luck in the world. However, as promised, Cable appears in the film and he comes in the form of Josh Brolin. How does Brolin fare as the futuristic cyborg with a chip on his shoulder? Perfect! Brolin brings a no-nonsense kind of attitude throughout the film. However, when it is revealed why Cable is desperate to find Russell, you can only feel sympathy for the stone-faced mutant.

What about X-Force themselves? Aside from Deadpool and Domino, we are introduced to the likes of Lewis Tan’s Shatterstar, Terry Crews’ Bedlam, Bill Skårtsgard as Zeitgeist, and a very special cameo as the Vanisher, which will make audiences laugh out loud. What you saw in the trailers to the film are well, all you’re going to get because their introduction together leads to the most shocking and yet laugh out loud moments in the film.

Deadpool 2 is the sequel everyone have wanted and got in more ways than one. Ryan Reynolds once again delivers the goods with Josh Brolin’s Cable bringing some awesomeness to the film with many unexpected surprises galore.

WFG RATING: A

20th Century Fox presents a Kinberg Genre production in association with Marvel Entertainment Group and TSG Entertainment. Director: David Leitch. Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, and Lauren Shuler-Donner. Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds; based on the character created by Rob Liefeld. Cinematography: Jonathan Sela. Editing: Craig Alpert, Michael McCusker, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir, and Dirk Westervelt.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetsz, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic (voice), Karan Soni, T.J. Miller, Leslie Uggams, Jack Ksey, Eddie Marsan, Shioli Kutsuna, Lewis Tan, Bill Skårsgard, Rob Delaney, Thayr Harris.

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