The anti-su­per­hero we need

Funny and sub­ver­sive Dead­pool returns with well-ex­e­cuted ac­tion scenes, great per­for­mances and a de­cent story

StarMetro Calgary - - DAILY LIFE - Bruce DeMara EN­TER­TAIN­MENT REPORTER

Se­ri­ously sub­ver­sive, se­ri­ously funny, se­ri­ously pro­fane, oc­ca­sion­ally even se­ri­ous, Dead­pool 2 is the best kind of cin­e­matic en­ter­tain­ment. Se­ri­ously.

Even bet­ter than the very fine orig­i­nal, it is, rather like its pro­tag­o­nist, sort of the anti-su­per­hero movie.

There’s no loom­ing apoc­a­lypse or bad­der-than-bad su­pervil­lain that of­ten make these films so unc­tu­ously se­ri­ous (which also ren­der them faintly ridicu­lous). Rather, the tone is al­most en­tirely light­hearted, with oc­ca­sional for­ays into poignancy.

This time out, Wade Wil­son (Ryan Reynolds) has made peace with his hor­ri­ble dis­fig­ure­ment and found en­dur­ing love with Vanessa (Morena Bac­carin), though it is — as these things of­ten are — rather short-lived. There’s a new vil­lain in town named Ca­ble (Josh Brolin), a time-trav­el­ling war­rior from the fu­ture pack­ing some very cool weaponry.

Di­rec­tor David Leitch has loads of ex­pe­ri­ence as a stunt­man and it shows in the su­perbly ren­dered ac­tion scenes. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Jonathan Sela is mar­vel­lous (no pun in­tended) and the sound­track has a slew of old fa­mil­iar songs that add a sappy irony to the story.

The vi­o­lence, like the off-colour lan­guage, has the same effyou at­ti­tude as the orig­i­nal and there are al­most too many cul­tural ref­er­ences and in-jokes to count (in one sit­ting), though ev­ery­one and every­thing from Justin Bieber to James Bond movies to ri­val DC Comics gets the skewer in the most playful of ways.

All of the el­e­ments come to­gether in such a sub­lime way, the re­sult is a film that amuses and en­ter­tains at an ex­hil­a­rat­ing, break­neck pace. Reynolds shines but there’s solid work all around from the cast. Read DeMara’s full re­view at thes­tar.com/movies

TWEN­TI­ETH CEN­TURY FOX

Ryan Reynolds dis­plays the per­fect blend of wit, charm and oc­ca­sional hu­man­ity to shine in Dead­pool 2, Bruce DeMara writes.

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