25 September 2023

Deadpool 2

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Reviewed by Victor Rebikoff.

Director: David Leitch, Marvel Entertainment & 20th Century Fox, MA 119 Minutes.

It’s surprising to see Marvel Studios backing once again this offensive antihero even recasting Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson (Deadpool) following his dreadful portrayal as the foul-mouthed and weird superhero dishing out his wacky kind of crime fighting.

This time around the disgusting Deadpool, having lost his love interest Vanessa (Morena Baccarrin) in the opening scenes, now seeks to begin afresh by involving himself in saving Russell (NZ actor Julian Dennison –‘Paper Planes’) a fiery-fisted young mutant.

As it turns out, Russell is the same person that Cable (Josh Brolin –‘Avenger Infinity War’) a time-traveling cyborg from the future is out to eliminate, unaware of the challenge facing him from Deadpool and his band of mutants-named X-Force.

In his latest outing Deadpool (the superhero who can survive bullets besides being blown up) decides to take on the persona of the X-Men by recruiting to his X-Force the feisty Domino (Zazie Beetz –‘Geostorm’), together with some former friends, including Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) not to mention the brutal Buck (Randal Reeder) – most of whom appeared in the original movie.

When the time comes for the clash between Deadpool and Cable there is a mishmash of fight scenes involving numerous villains such as the hedonistic headmaster (Eddie Marsan –‘Concussion’) responsible for Russell’s wayward ways before the main protagonists join forces.

With new director David Leitch (‘Atomic Blonde’) at the helm there is a slight improvement in the storyline as well as a reduction in Reynolds’ rudeness that was ever present in the original except for a few repugnant sequences.

Apart from a few scenes that are both entertaining and funny the major highlights would have to be the performances of Beetz, Brolin and the young NZ actor Dennison who excelled in the ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’.

Vic’s Verdict: 3 Stars

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