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dead­pool 2 (David Leitch) does its best to re­cap­ture light­ning in a bot­tle, as Ryan Reynolds slips back into the redand-black body­suit of Marvel’s wise­crack­ing an­ti­hero, an as­sas­sin with the mu­tant abil­ity to jump around re­ally fast, heal from any wound and break the fourth wall. But new di­rec­tor Leitch (Atomic Blonde, the John Wick se­ries) just isn’t as com­fort­able with com­edy as this project needs him to be, which leads to long stretches where Dead­pool 2 plays like a con­ven­tional su­per­hero pic­ture with too many sec­ondary char­ac­ters and an over-com­pli­cated plot. (One ex­cep­tion­ally struc­tured set piece – a multi-ve­hi­cle jail­break through a barely dis­guised Van­cou­ver – could slot into any Marvel movie, which is kind of the prob­lem.) Reynolds con­tin­ues to de­light – and, in the film’s more emo­tion­ally grounded mo­ments, to sur­prise – and the new sup­port­ing play­ers are per­fectly cast: At­lanta’s Zazie Beetz is the snappy Domino; Josh “Thanos” Brolin is curt cy­borg sol­dier Cable; and Hunt For The Wilder­peo­ple’s Ju­lian Den­ni­son plays a young mu­tant with fiery anger is­sues. They’re all great; it’s the movie around them that comes up short. 119 min. NNN (Nor­man Wilner)

Ryan Reynolds will say any­thing in Dead­pool 2.

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