Remember Green Lantern? It’s okay if you don’t. There was nothing special about it anyway.
In the mid-credits sequence, Deadpool travels back in time to Reynolds holding the 2011 movie Green Lantern’s script.
He shoots him and (to the camera) says, “you’re welcome, Canada”. (If you don’t get the joke, Reynolds is Canadian and Green Lantern, in which he starred, was a disaster).
The foul-mouthed mercenary with his witticisms takes jibes at almost everything, from controversial to trendy.
The scene where he takes the mickey out of Marvel’s rival DC Universe is savage.
This is where Deadpool encounters Cable, played by Josh Brolin, for the first time. Reflecting to Cable’s violent attitude, Deadpool quips: “It’s so dark. Are you sure you’re not from the DC universe?”
There are many moments like this which will make you feel that Deadpool 2 is better than its predecessor.
In this latest installment, Deadpool encounters an angry teenage mutant Russell aka Firefist, played by Julian Dennison.
Russell is being pursued by Cable, a genetically enhanced soldier from the future, who is out for vengeance.
Deadpool assembles a team of mutants with unique powers in order to save the teenager from his much superior enemy and his advanced weaponry. This sets up an exciting and unexpected climax.
Where to start critiquing when virtually everything seems perfect in Deadpool 2?
Well, for a start, Deadpool 2 is filthier and funnier. The wisecracks are smart, the delivery of the jokes are spot on and the best thing about those gags is that they are fresh and relevant.
All superhero movies have an almost similar storyline – the main superhero assembles a team to take the villain down. After a heavy CGI-generated battle, they defeat the bad guy and in post credit scene, another baddy is revealed, indicating a sequence.
In Deadpool 2, it’s a bit different (I don’t want to be a spoiler, so I won’t say it exactly how).
Reynolds as Deadpool is a delight to watch. His spontaneous dialogue delivery, most of which smack of witticisms, is outstanding.
Reynolds is able to bring the best out of him to justify Deadpool’s raunchy, casual and almost childlike response to events which require some serious attention.
Deadpool is someone who doesn’t care much about his superhero status. He would go on a killing spree for no reason.
In Deadpool 2, he faces situations where he realises there is more to life than the morally ambiguous character that defines him.
Julian Dennison as Russell Collins/Firefist is a revelation. The New Zealand teenager is tailor-made for the role and plays the character with perfection.
The remaining actors play their role with equal energy and brilliance to give Deadpool 2 the superb look it deserves.
There is no doubt that the Deadpool franchise makes a refreshing spectacle in Marvel’s superhero movies.
Deadpool 2 might be filthier and more vulgar, to some extent, but in the final analysis, it’s just damned good.
It’s entertaining, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.