Deadpool 2 - 4 Stars
I was honestly not looking forward to the second outing of the “Merc with the Mouth,” yet against the odds this film proved to be better than the first.
Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.
Ryan Reynolds input in the script clearly made a huge difference. This film not only ups the anti on the humour - especially the meta humour, but has an emotional crux lacking of the first film. The emotion is played well and is balanced nicely against the humour. It also calls itself out on the use of stereotypical hero/sci-fi troupes, which makes cliches funny and forgivable. Director David Leitch has done a remarkable job of getting incredible performances out of all the actors. Ryan Reynolds is born for this role, but Josh Brolin is the true scene stealer. Zazie Beetz and Karan Soni are great in supporting roles, but overall the supporting cast of the first film were under-utilised in the sequel. If a third instalment arises I’d love to see more from Brianna Hiddlebrand. A phenomenal score, great CGI and excellent cinematography complete the package.
Overall a great, funny film that certainly exceeded my expectations.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas