Deadpool 2: You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll hear naughty words!
First off, there’s a BIG Logan spoiler – as well as a non-spoilery note that the Wolverine was ‘riding on his coat tails’ for getting an R-rated film on the big screen (or 15-cert in the UK), but either way, if you haven’t seen that film and you are planning to do so, DO watch that first.
Wade (Ryan Reynolds) explains in a voiceover, however, that this IS a family film, and every family film starts with a violent murder. So, after we briefly see him and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) discuss trying for a baby, and how the offspring should only have one name “like Cher or Todd!“, a situation develops which requires Wade to don his red disguise and deal with a 14-year-old angry mutant called Russell (Julian Dennison), who’s causing a ruckus down at the local orphanage, run by headmaster Eddie Marsan, and it’ll require the X-Men help again of Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and new recruit Yukio (the stunning Shioli Kutsuna).
It’s so good that as we reached the 30-minute mark and Cable’s (Josh Brolin) story began, there was so much going on that I didn’t even realise he hadn’t yet appeared. He’s a bigger issue to deal with, which – as per the trailer – leads to Deadpool bringing together his own new team of superheroes, the gender-neutral “X-Force” with Domino (Zazie Beetz), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård), Bedlam (Terry Crews), Peter (Rob Delaney) and others.
(Oh, and it’s NOT subtitled Dead Pooler… I made that up)
The first film‘s cast members return including Wade’s barman friend Weasel (TJ Miller), as well as his occasional flatmate Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), and along the way I also heard a reference to the word selfless, which I’m not sure if it was in the original, but Ryan Reynolds starred in 2015’s Self/less, even though that film isn’t mentioned specifically.
As for a number of definite callbacks to the first film, and I’m sure there are more but I know I missed the odd line here and there: (cue first spoiler header bit. These aren’t spoilers, as such, but I’d recommend watching the film again before you go and then see how many you remember… that’s your homework!)
There’s several times when I belly-laughed, doubling up in my seat, even when no-one else was. In fact, I say this so rarely, but there is not a single wasted minute in the entire film. It makes you wish that, unlike Avengers et al, we could have three of these each year, but you know the quality would drop like a stone. Plus, given the odd line of dialogue that I missed, I do need to see this again very soon. I don’t often see a film twice on the big screen, but this may well be one of those.
Once again, Stan Lee makes his traditional Marvel cameo… spoiler header time:
There were so many elements to the trailers that I was hoping I hadn’t seen it all already, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as there’s so much more. Out of those, there’s one or two things I saw which didn’t make it into the movie, a few things which WERE in the film, and a few moments which were alternate takes of what’s in the movie. If you’ve seen all of those, rewatch them afterwards and you’ll spot all the differences.
There’s fantastic James Bond-style opening credits, again with similar wording to the first Deadpool, replacing names with comments/opinions/facts, such as “Directed By One Of The Guys Who Killed The Dog In John Wick“, since the director is David Leitch, who also brought us Atomic Blonde.
(Why he’s in the director’s chair rather than Tim Miller, I don’t know, although he’s down for the Terminator Reboot instead… Look, I know you don’t care, but I’m still going to keep boring you with facts)
Of a few bog films being released at the moment:
- I had low expectations for Avengers: Infinity War. My expectations were met.
I had high expectations for Deadpool 2. My expectations were met.
I have low expectations for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Will I make it 3 for 3?
(Josh Brolin as Thano… I mean, Cable)
Like almost all Marvel films, there’s a post-credits scene… or three.. FIVE, in fact. Well, almost. There’s one, then there’s some ‘big’ credits where all the big names are shown, then there’s four post-credit scenes one after another, and then the usual ‘crawl’ credits. There’s NOTHING else after this, but I still urge you to stay until the end because there’s a very sweary choir song at that point.
First up, the spoiler bit so you only see what’s all here if you click on it.
Also available is the Soundtrack CD.
Running time: 119 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: 2.39:1 (Dolby Vision, Anamorphic Hawk Scope, Super 35)
Released: May 15th 2018
Director: David Leitch
Producers: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds and Lauren Shuler Donner
Screenplay: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds (based on the Marvel comics by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza)
Music: Tyler Bates
Wade Wilson: Ryan Reynolds
Nathan Summers / Cable: Josh Brolin
Vanessa: Morena Baccarin
Domino: Zazie Beetz
Colossus: Stefan Kapicic (voice)
Negasonic Teenage Warhead: Brianna Hildebrand
Yukio: Shioli Kutsuna
Vanisher: Brad Pitt
Zeitgeist: Bill Skarsgård
Weasel: TJ Miller
Bedlam: Terry Crews
Peter: Rob Delaney
Russell: Julian Dennison
Shatterstar: Lewis Tan
Juggernaut: Jack Kesy
Voice of Juggernaut: Himself
Headmaster: Eddie Marsan
Blind Al: Leslie Uggams
Emily: Hayley Sales
Dopinder: Karan Soni
Cereal Kid: Luke Roessler
Thug: Scott Vickaryous
Neighbour: Tanis Dolman
Cable’s Daughter: Islie Hirvonen
And one more:
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