- Action-comedy; Cert R16, contains violence, sexual references and offensive language; 1hr 59mins
- Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, T J Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapicic, Jack Kesy and Julian Dennison
- Director: David Leitch
THE first Deadpool movie was such a refreshing departure from the usual Marvel Studios fare that it was a huge hit with me – along with several billion other viewers, of course.
The first Deadpool movie was such a refreshing departure from the usual Marvel Studios fare that it was a huge hit with me – along with several billion other viewers, of course. Ryan Reynold’s irreverent, fourth-wall-breaking asides as the titular character, and meta humour – in which characters reveal an awareness that they are fictional – set it apart from both the Avengers and the more serious 20th Century Fox X-men films.
The trouble with being successful in a new and different way is that, in the world of movie executives, the immediate reaction to success is to order half a dozen more just like it.
Herein lies the flaw with Deadpool 2. It is no longer new and different. It does not push through any new boundaries. It is Deadpool rehashed with more violence and a few new characters.
That’s not to say that people won’t enjoy it. It is still the most violent and most wisecracking of the Marvel Universe movies I have seen so far. Deadpool’s inability to die has given filmmakers free rein to submit him to torture that turns even my stomach.Of course, Deadpool’s instant healing abilities don’t apply to injuries of his heart, which form the core plot of this film.
The laughs roll in as well, with Deadpool recruiting a new band of sidekicks who he brands X-force. The new recruits include Domino (Zazie Beetz), whose superpower is luck, which turns out to be not nearly as lame as it sounds.Josh Brolin seems to be Marvel’s latest go-to guy for the relatable villain after his appearances as Guardians of the Galaxy bad guy Thanos. As the futuristic Cable, he adds himself to Deadpool’s force.
One area in which this film does break new ground, is in the appearance of young Kiwi actor Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), not only making it big in Hollywood, but doing so playing a recognisably Kiwi character.
He plays a young mutant, Firefist, who Deadpool tries to mentor to stop him becoming a supervillain.In the famously zenophobic world of American audiences, it is groundbreaking that he doesn’t even have to fake a mid-western American accent, being openly accnowledged as a New Zealander – a phenomenon I personally attribute to The Taika Effect.