DEAD­POOL 2

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The merc with the mouth is back for more. Just this time in your lounge.

OUT 7 SEPTEMBER Dig­i­tal HD 17 SEPTEMBER DVD, BD, 4K EXTRAS Commentary (BD), Deleted scenes (BD), Fea­turettes (BD), Gag reel

Big­ger is bet­ter, as the say­ing goes. But Ryan Reynolds’ merc with a mouth has found a niche as the small­est su­per on the block. Even when adding time-trav­el­ling fu­ture sol­diers and an en­tire team-up fran­chise of mu­tants to the mix, Dead­pool 2 never for­gets it’s at its best when keep­ing things per­sonal.

That’s why, de­spite a dick-joke-to­di­a­logue ra­tio the likes of which cinema has never seen, Dead­pool 2 is a film with a sur­pris­ingly ro­bust mo­ral core – the no­tion that one life is worth sav­ing, even if it risks mil­lions. Wade’s solemn mis­sion to pro­tect fire-fling­ing abused child Rus­sell Collins (Ju­lian Den­ni­son) may be straight out of the Ter­mi­na­tor play­book, but for comic­book cinema it’s a point of dif­fer­ence, which is Dead­pool’s spe­cial­ity.

Reynolds re­mains per­fect cast­ing, and gets a much-de­served co-writ­ing

credit here. Josh Brolin’s Ca­ble and Zazie Beetz’s Domino are both brought to the screen with swag­ger and pro­vide per­fect straight-laced foils for DP. In­com­ing di­rec­tor David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) proves a good fit for the ma­te­rial too, nail­ing the flip­pant tone while adding flair to the su­pe­rior ac­tion se­quences.

But even with this fresh in­jec­tion of blood, the el­e­ment of sur­prise has gone. And with a big­ger bud­get, the once scrappy un­der­dog comes close to com­pro­mis­ing what made it great in the first place. Call­ing out a bor­ing CGI fight with a meta quip doesn’t ex­cuse the fact you’re putting a bor­ing CGI fight on screen. And there are only so many times Wade can crack wise be­fore the belly laughs give way to wry smiles or stoney faces. Es­pe­cially poor is a dread­ful re­cur­ring gag about dub­step, one of many bizarrely dated pop­cul­ture ref­er­ences. And any­one ex­pect­ing more from Vanessa (Morena Bac­carin) and Ne­ga­sonic Teenage War­head (Bri­anna Hilde­brand) shouldn’t get their hopes up.

Things aren’t nec­es­sar­ily im­proved by the ex­tended Blu-ray Su­per Duper Cut, ei­ther. Adding 15 min­utes to an al­ready packed two hours, the ex­tra ma­te­rial is wel­come if all you want is more weapons-grade snark and a great new post-cred­its scene. But it makes no mean­ing­ful im­prove­ments at the cost of a tighter the­atri­cal cut. Pick up the BD and you’ll get both ver­sions, as well as a suite of extras, in­clud­ing commentary, two deleted scenes and fea­turettes, one be­ing an en­joy­ably frank dis­cus­sion on the lengths the film­mak­ers went to in or­der to pre­serve the film’s se­crets. Jor­dan Far­ley

DP has him­self a light­bulb mo­ment.

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