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  1. Published on: 17/05/2018 09:17 AMReported by: Film Critic
    Plot: Deadpool recruits a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a trouble young mutant boy and stop a time-traveller.

    I think like many people, I absolutely loved the first Deadpool. It ended up finishing in my top 10 films of 2016.

    What made this action comedy work with many people, was the strength of its gags, fourth-wall breaking, how self aware it was and how vast its limits with its rating being higher than normal superhero films.

    So it's safe to say, I was very excited to see how this sequel would work out.

    With it being a comedy, sequels do not usually fair well. But as Deadpool's tone and style can quickly change and adapt, I was confident this would be an exception.

    In the end, I think I was right for the most part.

    There is plenty to get out of this. As expected, the action scenes are executed really well and are fun to watch, especially towards the end. Also, there are a lot of jokes. Some of don't work, but a fair amount did. With a lot of the humor relying on particular references, I can see many of the gags going over peoples heads.

    In terms of the story, I liked how they tried to bring the character of Deadpool down to Earth a bit, and concentrate more on Wade Wilson.

    The plot-points in the film are nothing new and are very similar to a particular sci-fi film involving time-travel, which they do become self-aware of in a gag which was nice to see.

    Ryan Reynolds still proves to us that he was born to be Deadpool. He still makes it look effortless and pulls off the gags so well. I can see Reynolds playing this character for as long as Hugh Jackman did for Wolverine.

    Josh Brolin was pretty bad-*** in this as the villain. However, I would have liked a bit more development with his character, as he was falling into the trap of generic and underwhelming villain for the most part. So in terms of the performance, it was spot on. I just would like the writing team to give him more to work with.

    It was great seeing Julian Dennison after his breakthrough in Hunt For The Wilderpeople. He played the role fairly well, and seemed an ideal casting choice for the tone the world of Deadpool is under. However, his relationship with Reynolds' character was confusing, and I don't think I'll be alone on that.

    I liked Zazie Beetz's involvement late on, and she gave me enough content to be excited for her character in the next installment.

    It was a shame we never got to so much of Nadine Hildebrand's character. After teasing enough of what she can do in the first Deadpool, I was hoping for her to be a strong supporting character. Instead, I think she along with Stefan Kapicic's character has less screen-time than before.

    A final mention for the performances goes to one cool cameo that was worth the build-up to the big reveal.

    Elsewhere, the visual effects were fine on the whole. But there were times where it did not look that polished. I know they're budget is up to the standards of an MCU film. But it still looked problematic.

    Not much else to mention, except that while I did enjoy it and made me laugh a lot, it just did not have the impact that the first one had. The characters are not as strongly developed, the gags are not as strong or consistent and the general flow had its jittery moments.

    But it did expand on the world-building fairly well and compared to most comedy sequels, this was a pretty good one. Plus, like the first one, it had stakes and therefore I was invested in many of the action set-pieces.

    It may get better on multiple viewings. But I just felt the simplicity of the first one made it for such a fun viewing experience that I never got tired of watching. I can see many people feeling the same way. It will be interesting to see how the character of Deadpool is developed in future films.

    I must finally mention that there are two sequences during the credits, and both are about halfway through. They are both hilarious and quite possible the funniest parts of the film. Sadly, there isn't one at the end of the credits. They were planning to have one. But it apparantly got cut out due to it being too gruesome, and from what I've read, I can kind of see why.

    Rating: 7/10
     

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