Ac­tion-packed laughs

Enid Parker lists five rea­sons why you shouldn’t miss Dead­pool 2

Khaleej Times - City Times - - HOLLYWOOD HUSTLE -

We re­alised, af­ter watch­ing Ryan Reynolds play Dead­pool in the sub­ver­sive, pot­ty­mouthed Mar­vel su­per­hero’s first solo screen out­ing in 2016 that here, at last, was a ‘Mar­vel-lian’ with a dif­fer­ence, one with all the bag­gage that comes with hav­ing su­per­pow­ers and yet, one that didn’t take him­self or the world too se­ri­ously. Pul­ver­iz­ing bad guys comes with the ter­ri­tory – why not have a few laughs (and a bril­liant back­ground score) while you’re at it? And this is what we loved most about Dead­pool, the char­ac­ter, and Dead­pool, the film.

What was largely miss­ing from the world of su­per­hero films (if we ex­clude Ge­orge Clooney’s un­in­ten­tion­ally hi­lar­i­ous Bat­man & Robin from 1997, Guardians of the Gal­axy and Thor: Rag­narok) be­fore the first in­stal­ment of Dead­pool came along was a gen­er­ous dose of ir­rev­er­ence and hu­mour. And that is just one of the rea­sons to love Dead­pool 2, 119 un­cen­sored (yes folks, it’s here in its en­tirety) min­utes of sheer en­ter­tain­ment, al­beit of the gory/colour­ful lan­guage va­ri­ety. We emerged un­scathed (and on the con­trary quite de-stressed) from the premiere of Dead­pool 2 at Vox Cin­e­mas, Mall of the Emi­rates Tues­day evening, and it was a piece of cake com­ing up with these five good rea­sons as to why you shouldn’t miss the film.

1 Josh Brolin: We’re still reel­ing from the Thanos-is-ev­ery­where ex­pe­ri­ence in Avengers: In­fin­ity War, and Josh Brolin’s ap­pear­ance in Dead­pool 2 as time-trav­el­ling mu­tant Ca­ble fur­ther re­in­forces our viewpoint that vil­lains can be dis­tract­ing too, es­pe­cially ones so easy on the eyes (un­like Thanos, here, Brolin is not all-CGI, al­low­ing us to ap­pre­ci­ate the ac­tor’s rather fine physique). He’s bril­liant as Ca­ble, and we’re thank­ful that the job didn’t go to Brad Pitt.

2 The sound­track: With a weird track list that fea­tures, among oth­ers, Ce­line Dion, Dolly Par­ton, Air Sup­ply, and Cher, mu­sic is an in­te­gral part of Dead­pool 2, and whether you ap­prove of ac­tion/fight se­quences set to the tune of some­thing like To­mor­row from An­nie or not, you have to ad­mit it was a novel idea.

3 The laughs: We nearly fell out of our seats upon wit­ness­ing the au­di­tion scene for Dead­pool’s new team-to-fight-evil, X-Force, where a dead­pan Bill Skars­gard (who we some­how can’t sep­a­rate now from IT’s Pen­ny­wise) in­tro­duces him­self as ‘Zeit­geist’ and Dead­pool ques­tions if this means he has his fin­ger on the pulse of so­ci­ety. Just one of the many, many laugh-out-loud mo­ments in Dead­pool 2.

4 The pop cul­ture ref­er­ences: Okay, so we have to ad­mit there were some we didn’t get (or catch) but ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one from Wolver­ine, Cher and A-Ha to Green Lantern and John Cu­sack’s Say Any­thing have been ref­er­enced here (don’t miss the end cred­its); you prob­a­bly have to watch the film twice to truly ap­pre­ci­ate the wide reach of its sar­casm.

5 Ryan Reynolds: He’s so con­sis­tently ef­fort­less at what he does – mak­ing us laugh (and al­ter­nately, swoon). Thank you, Ryan, for push­ing (for eleven years) to give Dead­pool a place on the over­crowded Mar­vel stage, with­out whose pres­ence our world would be a lit­tle less sunny. enid@khalee­j­

Movie: Dead­pool 2 Direc­tor: David Leitch Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Bac­carin, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz

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