Deadpool (1 & 2)
DEADPOOL 2 (15)
D: David Leitch
20th Century Fox/Marvel (Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler-Donner & Ryan Reynolds)
USA 🇺🇸 2018
W: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds [based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza & Rob Liefeld]
DP: Jonathan Sela
Ed: Dirk Westervelt, Craig Albert & Elízabet Rolandsdóttir
Mus: Tyler Bates
Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson / Deadpool), Josh Brolin (Cable), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa), Julian Dennison (Russell Collins / Firefist), Zazie Beetz (Domino)
The first Deadpool was a fresh breath of air to the world of superhero movies, subverting the usual traditions of the genre and brilliantly bringing the wisecracking vigilante to the big screen.
Unfortunately, the sequel isn't anywhere near as good, trying in vain to capture the magic again by throwing more money at it, but the bigger cash injection does not equal funnier jokes.
The plot also has more sentimentality thrust into it on this occasion, when Deadpool and a teenage boy with superpowers are both incarcerated in a prison which neutralises them and our impudent anti-hero subsequently saves the boy from a time-travelling assassin named Cable. A deed which ultimately backfires when the teenager turns rogue and develops villainous intentions.
There's also a subplot of Deadpool receiving an epiphany where he must ultimately decide whether or not his heart is in the right place.
Though there is much to enjoy, especially with the fine action scenes and performances, the acerbic comedy and the twee sentimentality don't really mix and some of the in-jokes only seem to be thrown in for the benefit of the cast & crew only.
The director of the original film, Tim Miller, left the project citing creative differences, and perhaps this was this sequel's biggest loss.