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Ryan Reynolds – Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Josh Brolin – Cable
Morena Baccarin – Vanessa
Zazie Beetz – Domino
Julian Dennison – Russell Collins / Firefist
T.J. Miller – Weasel
The first Deadpool movie wasn’t my kind of flick, but it was so many other people’s. And I could see why; Reynolds jumping around in a testicle-tightening lycra outfit yelling expletives whilst kicking the shit out of bad guys. It was fast-moving and exploding with character.
This time around however, Wade becomes something different. Factor in a young man who becomes almost part of his family as the movie barrels along, add a few sidekicks and other characters who step up to become forces of their own during fight scenes, switch the dark setting of the story (as in the first instalment) for a more homely feel with scenes taking place at the huge X-Mansion and on suburban city streets, and hey presto – Deadpool 2 is very different to the first. Most of the action centers around Russell whom the titular character develops a bond with, so the style of the movie viewers are used to takes a different turn, and with a slight paternal feel to it.
It’s as though Deadpool is a reformed wild child; the producers have toned him down here and added a different streak to his personality. One which turns his lifestyle into that of a superhero with baggage (think Kick-Ass). It’s okay but it means Reynolds spends a lot of time interacting with fellow cast members the same way he did in R.I.P.D. (2014) – he’s full of energy and highly animated but of a higher level of maturity. He’s not as hyper as he was in the first Deadpool which introduced the character as madcap and almost acrobatic in style. This time he’s different.
This movie is slick and moves at a decent pace, even during more serious scenes (I.E. prison). Reynolds is faultless in his delivery of Wade which sees him blend humour with emotion. Not bad.
The downside? This movie is highly predictable, and contains vulgar dialogue which at times is just plain unnecessary. Let’s face it, Deadpool 2 is a feast for foul-mouthed people who love to indulge in hugely immature antics. Harsh, but true. Young adults will love it, older adults will probably find it an insufferable piece of crap.