Film Review: Deadpool 2

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Deadpool 2
Director: David Leitch

20th Century Fox
In theaters: 05.18

To think that we have reached this heightened level of movie-going experience because somebody “accidentally” leaked test footage of a concept for a Deadpool movie … it’s crazy how the world works. This time around, tragedy strikes close to the Merch with a Mouth’s (Ryan Reynolds) life, and, in an attempt to console him and meet his needs, he is brought to the X-Men’s headquarters in order to finally join the team. It doesn’t go as planned with a young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison), who is angry and confused, determined to ignite the community. A series of unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on the viewer) events lands both in a mutant detention facility. On the other side of town, a visitor from the future, Cable (Josh Brolin), hunts for the adolescent pyro in order to end his prepubescent existence. If you enjoyed the carnage, obscenities and all-out deplorability of the first incarnation of this franchise, you cannot even imagine the offensiveness that lies around the corner from your current location. This is insanity on a whole new level. The amount of jabs and uppercuts connected to Marvel’s arch-rival, DC, is absolutely out of control. An enormous chunk of the film’s dialogue is lifted from other classic films. There are so many that this film geek could barely keep up with the pacing. At moments, it feels as though you are in the middle of a Family Guy episode with the number of pop culture references. Every element is heightened in this chapter. The fight scenes are crazier, the jokes are funnier and filthier, and there is actually a lot of unexpected heart to the tale. Sometimes the writers go back to jokes from the first film, which is unnecessary, but it certainly doesn’t ruin anything. The formation of the X-Force is one of the greatest sights to be seen, and I will never look at another parachuting sequence in the same light for the rest of my life. Sorry, Point Break, Deadpool 2 has you beat dead to rights. –Jimmy Martin