Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Julian Dennison, Eddie Marsan
Director: David Leitch
Release date: 15th May 2018
We find Deadpool/ Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) in a suicidal mode, and we flashback to 6 weeks earlier, and he’s kicking ass across the world. He returns home to see his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and the pair decide to try and start a family. Unfortunately, the apartment they share is attacked by unknown assailants and a murder takes place. Deadpool goes on a bender and tries to kill himself in the most explosive way possible. Rescued by an old friend, he is taken to the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters, where they discover a stand-off with a teenage boy and police. The boy is Russell (Julian Dennison) and he has mutant powers that he can’t really control. DP takes it upon himself as an X-Men trainee to try and talk the boy down. Unfortunately everything goes pear shaped and the two end up in a mutant jail called ‘The Ice Box’. While there, a time travelling mutant called Cable (Josh Brolin) appears and is hell bent on getting hold of Russell. Who is he and why is Russell so important?
For anyone not totally versed in the story of this potty mouthed mutant vigilante, he’s relatively new to the Marvel Universe. His first appearance in the comic was back in 1991 and he started out as a super villain. His ‘powers’ include a regenerative healing factor which pretty much means that he is immortal. The development of the first movie began back in 2004 and it wasn’t until some test footage was ‘leaked’ (by Ryan Reynolds & TJ Miller) on the internet in 2011, that finally Fox decided to give them the go ahead for a movie. It was filmed in 2015 and released the following year. It earned just under $800million dollars in the box office.
This long awaited sequel to the first Deadpool movie, released in 2016, has a lot of hype to live up to. The first movie did really well and Deadpool inserted himself into the Marvel cinematic universe with a loud bang.
I’ll be totally honest and say that I am a fan of comic books but I wouldn’t be ‘a fan’.. What I mean by that is that I’m probably not as well versed in the ‘lives and loves’ of most comic book heroes and villains as some hard core readers would be. I guess I’m a movie lover, first and foremost and that’s where I get most of my information from.
I really loved the first movie and totally bought into the entire Deadpool story. He’s unlike pretty much most of the other Marvel creations and this makes him stand out amongst the rest. This new movie is really great and I enjoyed it a lot. The only real issue I had with it was that it felt a little bit too long as a film.. Running at just shy of 2 hours, it’s shorter than say, the Avengers movies.
There’s a brilliant cast and there has been a bit of secrecy in the run up to the release date, of certain actor’s roles in the movie. Eddie Marsan, for example. His character role has been shrouded in mystery and it’s only when you see the movie that you’ll see why. I absolutely love him as an actor. He’s so versatile and a great character actor to boot. Josh Brolin is again a baddie, after his huge role in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, and he does it with style. Biggest props for me though go to young Julian Dennison, who I first saw in ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’, acting alongside the legend that is Sam Neill. He’s funny and likeable and he makes me laugh constantly. I definitely think he will be one to watch out for in the future. Ryan Reynolds is very funny in this too obviously.
If you loved the first movie then you will love this one too. Rated 16 here in Ireland, it’s full of quite graphic and bloody violence but I guess you’d expect no less from an anti-hero such as Deadpool. I’d say it’s a given that this one will do as well, if not better than its predecessor.
Definitely try and see this one on the big screen!