Another fun ride
‘Deadpool 2’ offers more sarcasm, violence, genre self-awareness and mostly good times
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.”