The anti-superhero we need
Funny and subversive Deadpool returns with well-executed action scenes, great performances and a decent story
Seriously subversive, seriously funny, seriously profane, occasionally even serious, Deadpool 2 is the best kind of cinematic entertainment. Seriously.
Even better than the very fine original, it is, rather like its protagonist, sort of the anti-superhero movie.
There’s no looming apocalypse or badder-than-bad supervillain that often make these films so unctuously serious (which also render them faintly ridiculous). Rather, the tone is almost entirely lighthearted, with occasional forays into poignancy.
This time out, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) has made peace with his horrible disfigurement and found enduring love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), though it is — as these things often are — rather short-lived. There’s a new villain in town named Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-travelling warrior from the future packing some very cool weaponry.
Director David Leitch has loads of experience as a stuntman and it shows in the superbly rendered action scenes. The cinematography by Jonathan Sela is marvellous (no pun intended) and the soundtrack has a slew of old familiar songs that add a sappy irony to the story.
The violence, like the off-colour language, has the same effyou attitude as the original and there are almost too many cultural references and in-jokes to count (in one sitting), though everyone and everything from Justin Bieber to James Bond movies to rival DC Comics gets the skewer in the most playful of ways.
All of the elements come together in such a sublime way, the result is a film that amuses and entertains at an exhilarating, breakneck pace. Reynolds shines but there’s solid work all around from the cast. Read DeMara’s full review at thestar.com/movies
Ryan Reynolds displays the perfect blend of wit, charm and occasional humanity to shine in Deadpool 2, Bruce DeMara writes.