Directed by David Leitch
Our most sarcastic superhero returns.
“Welcome back, Deadpool,” said Stephen Whitty in the New York Daily News. When Ryan Reynolds’ snarky, motormouthed antihero first arrived in theaters two years ago in a R-rated action comedy that made fun of everything—including other Marvel blockbusters—“it was a game changer.” Though this sequel “sometimes struggles to measure up,” in part by tipping at times from edgy to offensive, it’s “still a fast, fun romp.” Naturally, the movie can’t surprise viewers the way the original did, said Bryan Bishop in TheVerge.com. But it asks Deadpool to doubt himself, and after he’s coaxed into joining the X-Men as a trainee, then botches a mission, he enlists a ragtag crew to take on a cyborg played by Josh Brolin, and the new posse, dubbed X-Force, provides some “utterly outrageous” shenanigans. Reynolds’ wisecracks about movie conventions will never get old to me, said Michael O’Sullivan in The Washington Post. “Watching Deadpool 2 is like having Deadpool sitting next to you with a bucket of popcorn, trashing whatever is taking place on screen—and all of pop culture, really. Nothing is sacred here, except comedy.”
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox, Shudder/Neon ■