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Deadpool 2

Since 1991, the Marvel comic anti-hero Deadpool has been a success. Offering frequently foul-mouthed monologues whilst battling a litany of villains, the character has found his own niche in the over-crowded superhero market. The 2016 ‘Deadpool’ film showed how popular he was with box offices flowing in rivers of dollars. Perhaps his unpredictable ways provide an antidote to the usual stoic heroism elsewhere. ‘Deadpool 2’ conjures another serving of subversive fun with Deadpool’s quips just as lethal as his fists.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is in a tight spot. Doing his best to save the world as the spandex wearing Deadpool, Wade’s current situation tests his mettle. Learning that Russell (Julian Dennison) has powerful supernatural abilities, Wade sets out to create a team for protection. That’s easier said than done when dangerous time-traveling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin) lands on his doorstep. Chaos swiftly follows as Wade dons the Deadpool outfit once again to fight for justice in his own peculiar fashion.

Deadpool fans should find much to enjoy in his latest caper. Whilst just as outrageously fun as its forebear, ‘Deadpool 2’ also charts new waters. Exploring the character’s amorality, the plot forces him to confront his choices. His teaming with Russell gives it an almost father/son relationship with Deadpool forming his own moral code as a consequence. That only scratches the surface of ‘Deadpool 2’s’ screenplay which has more depth than previously.

Although a darker entry, ‘Deadpool 2’ still has an abundance of high-octane action. All are spectacularly realised with the lashings of humour arriving thick and fast. Reynolds and his co-stars enter in the spirit of heightened reality with glee as the eye-popping cinematography succeeding in bringing the comic-book hero to life. Director David Leitch adds new beats to the formula and doesn’t rest on his laurels. He makes the most of the crazy situations with his eye for striking escapades clearly seen.

On a par with the first entry, ‘Deadpool 2’ delivers. Whilst the welcome mat used to greet the glut of superhero movies is looking pretty haggard, ‘Deadpool 2’ provides freshness amongst the crowd. The edgy escapism offers a good contrast to other safer heroes ensuring ‘Deadpool 3’ will likely burst onto screens soon.

Rating out of 10: 7

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