An­other fun ride

‘Dead­pool 2’ of­fers more sar­casm, vi­o­lence, genre self-awareness and mostly good times

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Mark Mes­zoros mmes­zoros@news-her­ @ MarkMes­zoros on Twit­ter

In the open­ing mo­ments of “Dead­pool 2,” Air Sup­ply’s “All Out of Love” plays in the back­ground.

Sprawled out on his back, Ryan Reynolds’ foul-mouthed, masked anti-hero, Dead­pool, has a bone to pick.

Down in the dumps for rea­sons that will be­come clear a bit later, he is com­plain­ing about how, in last year’s well-re­ceived “Lo­gan,” Hugh Jack­man’s beloved X-Men hero, Wolver­ine, copied him by earn­ing an R rat­ing for that film.

Af­ter all, when “Dead­pool” hit In the­aters: To­day. Rated: R for strong vi­o­lence and lan­guage through­out, sexual ref­er­ences and brief drug ma­te­rial. Run­time: 2 hours. Stars (of four): 3. in 2016 — with ac­tion aplenty, sex­u­ally charged in­sult com­edy galore and con­stant fourth-wall break­ing — the loosely X-Me­nuni­verse film had the big­gest open­ing ever for an R-rated flick.

How­ever, Dead­pool also laments that in “Lo­gan” the met­al­clawed, fast-heal­ing hero also (and, um, spoiler alert) “upped the ante” by dy­ing.

“(Ex­ple­tive) Wolver­ine,” Dead­pool says as he plays with a Wolver­ine toy.

Not to be out­done, Dead­pool — who has sim­i­lar mu­tant heal­ing abil­i­ties — ig­nites big drums of fuel on which has been ly­ing. Yeah. Boom. That’s only the start of the ex­plo­sive fun in “Dead­pool 2,” which, de­spite a change in the di­rec­tor’s chair from the first film, of­fers roughly the same en­ter­tain­ing, if also some­times numb­ing, con­coc­tion of crass-but­clever wink-at-the-au­di­ence hu­mor and highly styl­ized vi­o­lence. (Although he ini­tially signed on to helm the se­quel, di­rec­tor Tim Miller soon ex­ited the project, re­port­edly due to cre­ative dif­fer­ences with Reynolds.)

If any­thing, with David Leitch — co-di­rec­tor of 2014’s “John Wick” and di­rec­tor of last year’s like­wise high-oc­tane “Atomic Blonde” — guid­ing this ir­rev­er­ent ship, the ac­tion com­po­nent


This im­age re­leased by Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox shows Ryan Reynolds and Karan Soni in a scene from “Dead­pool 2.”

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