Magazine article Screen International

'Deadpool 2': Review

Magazine article Screen International

'Deadpool 2': Review

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The sardonic superhero returns to head a new team of warriors

Dir. David Leitch. US. 2018. 120 mins.

Following the surprise success of the somewhat low-key (in superhero terms) Deadpool in 2016 ($783m worldwide), a sequel was clearly inevitable: but the plainly-titled Deadpool 2 is more of a multiple birth than a simple follow-up, spawning yet another team of super-heroes, or super anti-heroes. At least, if they stick to the decimal system, keeping up with the franchise should be relatively easy.

Perhaps it’s the effort of introducing so many new characters that has sucked out the spontaneity from Deadpool

Deadpool 2 doesn’t alter the formula. It’s staked, as before, on the potty-mouth one-liners of Deadpool/Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), delivering a sardonic rapid-fire adolescent diatribe which is very hit and miss, but pretty good-natured underneath all the outrageousness. The character, his dialogue, quips and in-jokes are as funny and bloody-bad-taste as before, creating goodwill and feeling of warmth for a character who is anything but. (Breaking the fourth wall to proclaim “lazy writing” at another pro-forma plot contrivance is, however, wearisome in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War.)

While Deadpool 2 delivers the gags and the gun-shot geeky Marvel insider references, the plot could have done with some more finesse. It’s all crammed around the need to - Marvel confusion alert - create a new team of warriors confusingly called X-Force (and featuring Josh Brolin from Avengers: Age Of Ultron in a different role). If Superhero fatigue is ever going to set in (which seems alternatively inevitable and unlikely), it’s going to be here.

Ryan Reynolds, again credited as producer, takes a story credit with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, returning from the first, although the director has changed from Tim Millar to David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde). Perhaps it’s the effort of introducing so many new characters that has sucked out the spontaneity from Deadpool: still, it’s nothing that can’t be sorted for the likely next installments.

Coping with the death of his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) at the hands of a random villain sees Deadpool floundering for the first part in pain and regret, attempting to commit suicide. (Without the suit, he’s still riddled with cancer, and intensely scarred). …

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