A Brief History
On May 15, 2018, we are finally allowed to tell you about the exciting and absolutely hilarious new blockbuster action hero movie, Deadpool 2, which premiers on Friday, May 18, 2018 in the United States. The sequel to Deadpool, the 2016 blockbuster that made over a quarter of a billion dollars at the box office (a dozen times its budget), Deadpool 2 again stars Ryan Reynolds in the title role of a disgraced Special Forces soldier that has turned mercenary. When the Reynolds character gets terminal cancer, an experimental treatment turns him into a disfigured superhuman that has incredible self-healing powers, so powerful that he virtually cannot be killed. (No spoilers, so relax and read on…)
Right from the start, the opening credits are hysterical, so be sure to watch carefully instead of ignoring the script on the screen as usual. Reynolds, as Wade Wilson, forms a gang of super-heroes he calls The X-Force, recruiting a comical cast of bizarre people that may or may not have a particular super power. Breaking the fourth wall and delivering asides, often hilarious, to the audience, Reynolds fights and heals his way through battles to protect a young X man named Russell from a time traveling soldier from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin) who believes Russell must be killed to prevent a future apocalypse.
With the ever sexy Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, and several other recognizable stars in minor roles (Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman, Leslie Uggams, Bill Skarsgard and Terry Crews), the cast works incredibly well together. The acting is good, the effects are terrific, and the jokes include references to the DC Cinematic Universe as well as the Marvel Cinematic Universe among other things. Watch carefully for Easter Eggs that provide good chuckles throughout the film.
The wisecracking Wade Wilson blends with the actor Ryan Reynolds in a way that lets you know the character knows who he really is, which for some reason works surprisingly well. Even to the point of referring to the cinematic flop, The Green Lantern. The audience responded with glee, often laughing out loud, at the gags, and started clapping at the end until they realized more would follow during the credits, which is definitely worth staying for.
Deadpool 2 is expected to gross over $100 million its first week, and we predict it will do just that and maybe more. We enthusiastically recommend the film for everyone we know, though language and adult themes may merit caution for impressionable younger children. The film is Rated R and lasts for 119 minutes, but you will wish it was longer. This movie is one of the most flat out fun films we have seen in years, way more fun than most other super hero type movies.
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For more information, please see…
Kindersley and Bray. Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered. DK, 2018.
Way and Diggle. Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection – Volume 1. Marvel, 2013. (See Volumes 2, 3 and 4 as well.)