THREE STARS If you're a teenage mutant superhero with a bloodlust for revenge, watch out for Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin
ACTION COMEDY #DEADPOOL2
If you loved the chaotic irreverence of DEADPOOL, expect more, much more, in DEADPOOL 2; a film overflowing with chaos and irreverent energy as they turn the dial way past ten, all the way to eleven.
Therein the sole reason for DEADPOOL 2’s being - to make a lot of noise while taking the piss out of everything it comes in touch with. If you expected something as fresh and kickass as the original you’ll be disappointed: jokes don’t get funnier if you tell them twice. But if you’ve come for more of the profane same, only noisier and more profane if that is somehow possible, then stay tuned.
The plot is as free-wheeling, loose and as full of holes as you’d expect when our hero creates a mini-force of super-dooper heroes to stop a cyborg from killing a teenage mutant. It’s a thin excuse (‘Lazy writing!’ exhorts Deadpool) for a repeat of the exuberant nonsense that so defined the first film and made him a star of the Marvel universe. This juggernaut of references, self-referencing and references that simply make no sense quickly becomes a funny, exhilarating, smart, stylish, outlandish, outrageous, rude and crude onslaught of the just plain silly.
It is also repetitive and ultimately pointless. DEADPOOL was a great idea - take on the self-important, self-satisfied and self-absorbed Marvel universe from the inside! Hilarious. DEADPOOL 2 is still funny but its lack of freshness and originality renders it a rerun, at best and extension, of the in-joke. It lacks bite and filling that void with expletives doesn’t change that (unless you’re thirteen years old). It’s fun, sure, but we can stop now.
“They probably won’t make a 3”
“Why would they? Stop at 2, you’ve killed it”