Sunday, May 20, 2018

Deadpool 2

Movie Name: Deadpool 2
Year of Release: 2018
Director: David Leitch
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Julian Dennison, Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Eddie Marsan, Shioli Kutsuna, Karan Soni, Bill Skarsgard, Jack Kesy, Lewis Tan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
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Following his two first well received directorial endeavors, David Leitch has tackled his first comic book property, with the subversive and rule breaking "Deadpool 2". If the first film attempted to defy conventions, breaking the fourth wall and being very self aware, this film takes those aspects of the original and expands it tremendously. Deadpool/Wade Wilson, since the events of the first film, has become a hero taking out some rather unsavory people. However when one of his assignments goes unfinished, the repercussions of that event pop up at his doorstep, killing his loved one, and prompting some dramatic decisions on his part. His friends from the X-Men come to the rescue, and as he gets involved in their tasks, they become aware of an orphanage for mutant kids, with one young kid in particular, Russell, being an outspoken voice for some rather unsavory things going on at the institution. When both Russell and Deadpool end up in a prison, they are confronted with a traveler from the future, a mutant named Cable, who has come to destroy Russell, since in the future he has become a tremendous destructive force.
David Leitch is a director who knows how to stage action scenes - he has the training in terms of stuntwork pedigree, but he's primarily a director who understands the economy of scenes, married with character development, which allows for the characters in his features to be more than just paper thin constructions. Where "Deadpool 2" goes substantially further than the first feature, lies precisely in the fact that this time around, there are other characters expanding this universe, peppering the story with further elements, which gives the story just enough juice to keep going. It is very much a B-movie with a good budget, but it knows it, and wears it proudly on its sleeve. Ryan Reynolds plays the character perfectly, and knows this universe fantastically well, shooting his observations, jokes and one-liners like a machine gun repertoire. The humor is non stop, and it makes for a good balance with the more violent aspects of the story. It's a film that is rough around the edges, with some characters and aspects better defined than others, but it's fresh, with humor and heart, and tremendously self aware, which is more than what can be said for a lot of these comic books that just keep being released constantly. Worth a watch.