FILM REVIEW: Deadpool 2

Let’s be clear from the get-go – Deadpool 2 is not a superhero movie for the kids.

Much like the first film, it’s chock-full of swearing, blood, guts, violence and more that’s just not suited for children.

The adults, though? They’ll have a fantastic time.

After what has seemed like an eternity of marketing, teaser trailers and promotional skits starring David Beckham, the sequel to 2016’s ground-breaking superhero/antihero film is finally here – and it doesn’t disappoint. Ryan Reynolds (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) has once again nailed the hilarious, pop culture-referencing shtick of the Merc with a Mouth.

Deadpool frequently breaks the fourth wall and acknowledges his own movie, his place within the X-Men universe and even the fact that he’s played by Reynolds.

This film picks up some time after the events of the first and sees our title character try to prevent time-travelling villain Cable (Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War) from killing a 14-year-old mutant.

That mutant is Russell, or Firefist, played by young Kiwi actor Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

Merc with a mouth: Ryan Reynolds again stars at the foul-mouthed, hilarious antihero in Deadpool 2, rated MA15+ and in cinemas now.

Merc with a mouth: Ryan Reynolds again stars at the foul-mouthed, hilarious antihero in Deadpool 2, rated MA15+ and in cinemas now.

Deadpool recruits a team of super-powered folks to help him save Russell from Cable, one of which is Domino (Zazie Beetz), whose power is ‘luck’. She is easily the most spectacular of the team of newbies and the German-born actress has great things ahead of her.

Deadpool 2 is more outrageous that its predecessor, more daring and more hilarious.

The film continues Reynolds’ ongoing comical stoush with Hugh Jackman/Wolverine and again questions why the only members of the X-Men he gets to hang out with are Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead – “surely the studio could spring for some more X-Men”.

There are also a few blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos – seriously, don’t even look into your popcorn bucket or glance at the person checking Facebook next to you or you’ll probably miss two huge Hollywood stars in teensy tiny roles.

Make sure you stick around for the mid-credit sequences too – they are funnier than anything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has offered and are, quite possibly, funnier than the film itself.

Rating: 7.5/10

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