Enid Parker lists five reasons why you shouldn’t miss Deadpool 2
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie: Deadpool 2 Director: David Leitch Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz