Deadpool 2 review: still the flawless antidote to superhero fatigue

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Once again, Reynolds is terrific as the self-styled "Merc with the mouth", and the role provides a near-perfect match of actor and character, fully exploiting his wise-cracking skills, his bone-dry delivery and his self-awareness.

If Deadpool ever were to break out of his stand-alone jail for a future Marvel movie, it would have to be for a brief interlude, a la Quicksilver in Days of Future Past, where he's vital for one sequence and then largely disappears from view.

Like everything else about Deadpool 2, this approach has callow cynicism written on its sleeve. Fans wonder if the characters will be just as fresh and fun the second time around, if another story will be equally as amusing, and, in the case of Deadpool 2, if Ryan Reynolds' leather-clad anti-hero will be as raunchy and rambunctious as everyone remembers. As such, it is yet another reminder as to why the Disney-Fox deal is a bad idea for filmmakers and film lovers alike. I really don't. I feel like the character, in order for him to function properly within his own universe, you need to take everything away from him. I haven't seen the film yet; So I don't really know what made it into the film and what didn't.

The couple were reunited after Blake attended the Met Gala with shoe designer Christian Louboutin while Ryan traversing the globe to promote the superhero movie.

Deadpool 2 arrives in theaters May 18. And yet, it's never dour either.

The directorial switch from Tim Miller to David Leitch is seamless. But it just left me feeling as if there was some sort of elaborate con going on, and I was the mark.

With the bar set set so high after the success of the first movie in 2016, Reynolds said he's happy that most of the initial reviews for Deadpool 2 have been positive because he has an "unquenchable thirst for approval".

For the most part, reviews are positive. Deadpool 2 now has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82%, which is slightly worse than the first movie's 83% score. And it swims quite well, if with an admittedly slighter emotional investment than the first picture.

In this context, it is also closer to the excess of 1990s comic books.

Deadpool escapes and decides to pursue redemption by rescuing Randall with his newly assembled X-Force, a posse of simpatico superheroes who are "tough, morally flexible, and young enough to carry this franchise another 10 to 12 years". But more importantly it salvaged the character of Wade Wilson after he was so badly fumbled in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Village Voice: Rather than face its own moral incoherence, Deadpool 2 blinks. His superpower is regeneration, and there's plenty of fun to be had in the way he can heal from even the most gruesome injuries, although we've seen these kind of gags before. But that is because Reynolds keeps his peculiar personal stamp on it. Deadpool 2 is a worthy sequel for sure. At least you'll get to enjoy him here one last time. In fact, the stakes are refreshingly low for a superhero movie.

The Chicago Tribune likewise bends toward the sequel, writing that "Deadpool 2" is "just like "Deadpool" only more so".