Deadpool 2: Absurd, Funny, and Completely Crazy

Director: David Leitch
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Karan Soni,
T.J. Miller, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, and Eddie Marsan

Like its previous edition which released in 2016, Deadpool 2, too, elicits bipolar reactions. For, the story is absurd, funny, and completely crazy. The great counterpoint in the film by far, is the complete abstinence from the development of the character as a protagonist. If you’ve liked the character so far, this new version will not disappoint.

Deadpool 2 Movie isn’t as brilliant and cutting edge as any other superhero films based on Marvel Comic characters, but it is recognised despite its bizarre flavour.

The film takes off from its previous edition which was an origin film. Now, after a failed assassination of the head of a New York drug cartel, Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) returns home to his girlfriend Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin) to celebrate their anniversary. The two decide to start a family, but unfortunately his house gets raided by the drug lord’s goons and Vanessa is killed. Wilson chases the criminals through the streets and engages on the road till a truck hits the drug lord and kills him.

Then, disappointed with life, Wilson decides to commit suicide, but illusions of his ex-girlfriend leave him confused. It is only after he goes to live with Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) at the X-Men Mansion, that he finds a new motivation to do something for the world.

The task is to sober the young mutant Russell (Julian Dennison), who is struggling with problems of anger, and he thereby seeks a meaning to his existence. In the middle of their association steps in the time traveller mutant, Cable (Josh Brolin), who comes with reasons to assassinate Russell.

How Deadpool organises a team of mutants to fight Cable and save Russell forms the remaining crux of the tale.

Deadpool, with his charismatic irreverence, was created to fit Ryan Reynolds, who repeats as Wade Wilson. He makes his character acceptable and funny. Josh Brolin as the villain, Cable, is a tragic time traveller and he manages to convey the canvas of the character.

The best new figure is, undoubtedly, Domino embodied by Zazie Beetz, who fits perfectly in this world. Actors like Morena Baccarin and T.J. Miller return to continue with their roles. They are as passable as Bill Skarsgard, Terry Crews, and Eddie Marsan.

Overall, despite a weak script, there is action aplenty throughout the film, but that doesn’t bog down the viewing experience like many overcooked comic-book sequels. Also, the pendulum of the narrative swings from bloody mayhem to lewd comedy and back seamlessly. There are also moments when the film turns mushy. It is also advisable not to leave the theatre at the beginning of the final credits.      – Troy Ribeiro for IANS