Film Review: Ryan Reynolds Shines in Deadpool Sequel

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‘Deadpool 2’ is a hilarious, action-packed film that will make you laugh out loud, cringe in horror and want to start your own super-hero dream team, all in under two hours.

The sequel sees Deadpool return to his twisted, jokey self in his brutal quest to beat the bad guys of the world. After becoming acquainted with and emotionally adopting mutant teen Russell (also known as ‘Fire Fist’), Deadpool creates a superhero team called X-force, to protect him from time-travelling villain, Cable (Josh Brolin). 

Ryan Reynolds, not only stars as Deadpool, but is also a producer and writer on the film. The main difference between ‘Deadpool 2’ and most other Marvel films, is the dark humour, which Reynolds delivers so well. The opening credits are a perfect example of this comedy (“Directed by one of the guys who killed the dog in John Wick.”), with them being used as a funny introduction into the film. Reynolds plays a rude, smart-ass Deadpool so well, it is hard to imagine that he is anything but that in real life. New Zealand actor, Julian Dennison, known for his performance in the film ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’, plays teen mutant Russell. Dennison delivers a charming performance with perfect comedic timing. He and Reynolds work well together and seem to bounce of each other’s humour. 

At parts, the plot seems to drag on with a few unnecessary scenes, however the most notable negative is the intense violence of the film. Violence is expected in a Marvel film and the Deadpool franchise is known to be more violent than other Marvel films, but at times the violence seems to be excessively graphic and is almost unwatchable. Nonetheless, this is the only issue, with the rest of the film being filled with non-stop entertaining action that will leave you buzzing from enjoyment. 

‘Deadpool 2’ is a film that breathes a breath of fresh air into the Marvel franchise and opens the audience up to not just comic book fans, but to anyone who enjoys a comedy disguised as an action film. It is the sequel that its predecessor deserved. 


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