Deadpool 2 poster

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-travelling cyborg, Cable.

If you’ve seen Deadpool 1 you’ll know what to expect. It’s entertaining in the same ultraviolent, frenetic, gross, crude, shocking way as the first movie — only more so. Ryan Reynolds is very good in the role with exquisite comedic timing and likeable personality. Julian Dennison brings youthful and quirky playfulness to the cast — essentially a more acidic version of his role in Hunt for the Wilderpeople. The story ultimately has a good message — ironically, about family. And below the surface hubris of Deadpool, there is a soft heart that wants to be loved. The humour is often very funny and the allusions to pop culture come fast and furious. The action is amazing with superb special effects. Even with all the good things about it, though, it still doesn’t make for a great movie. It’s entertaining, but the positive message that is pushed, particularly at the end, doesn’t really have much impact. In fact, everything happens so fast and the movie is stuffed with so much that it leaves you exhausted and feeling like you’ve eaten too much rather than just finishing a satisfying meal. The best thing about it is that it lampoons what has now become ubiquitous superhero worship and it does that with reasonable success. If you see it, just don’t expect too much.