It’s hard to know where to start when discussing a movie like Deadpool 2. Nonstop humor (mostly of the filthy variety), gratuitous violence, and absolute irreverence – for political correctness, other superhero movies, and just about everything – make for a film that’s anything but ordinary. Deadpool 2 feels very much like a case of throwing things (a LOT of things) at the wall to see what sticks. A lot does, and a lot doesn’t, but the overall effect is one of delightful insanity.
We pick up with Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson / Deadpool taking on bigger jobs from the hitmen-only bar Sister Margaret’s and thinking about starting a family with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). In the opening minutes, Deadpool assures viewers of two things: that this is a family film, and that he is going to die.
The first part will become clear(ish) by the end of the movie. As for the second? Let’s just say that soon enough, a brutal attack leaves Wade ready to follow Wolverine into the big comic book store in the sky. But Deadpool’s powers leave him unable to die, so he finds himself being cared for at Professor Xavier’s estate – where Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) wants him to join the X-Men (at least as a trainee). Unfortunately, Deadpool’s first training mission lands him in serious trouble when a mission to rescue an emotionally turbulent young mutant named Russell – a.k.a. Firefist (Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) – goes awry.
Long story short, Deadpool and Russell become a team(ish) as the “Merc With a Mouth” tries to keep the kid safe from time-traveling cyborg soldier Cable (played by Josh Brolin). If you slip up and call Brolin’s Terminator-esque character Thanos, you won’t be the only one – Deadpool does so himself once or twice. Wade forms a team in his own way, joining forces with a variety of mutants (some more effective than others), and it’s nonstop action from there.
Deadpool 2‘s real strength is shifting effortlessly between tones – balancing Wade’s mock-everything nature with some real emotion and heart, not to mention just about every type of humor. With jokes referencing the X-Men, Batman, Superman, Hawkeye, Green Lantern, the current administration, Canada, and Interview with a Vampire (to name a few), nothing is safe. But despite the wall-to-wall action and humor, you can’t help but root for these characters and Deadpool’s improbable drive to protect Russell.
The new characters and cameos are also some of the most enjoyable elements of the film. If you haven’t seen Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople, get on it – but if you have, you probably already adore Julian Dennison, who is similarly funny and lovable as Russell. Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz is also a standout as Domino, a new hero whose power is luck – which is a lot more cinematically engaging than you (and Deadpool) might think. Another member of Deadpool’s mutant team may just be the fan favorite cosplay at Comic-Con this summer (look for the mustache). We won’t spoil the cameos in store for viewers, but know that there are some fantastic surprises in that department.
There is a lot going on in Deadpool 2, and it’s not for the faint of heart or the easily offended. But if you’re looking for a superhero movie that defies convention, has a killer soundtrack, and will keep you guessing (and laughing hysterically), look no further. We can’t wait to watch it again.
Oh, and don’t leave when the credits start rolling – if you do, you’ll miss perhaps the best Marvel credits scene thus far (and a clearer version of the insane song from the decapitation and fireball-filled final battle sequence).
Excited to see the Merc With a Mouth’s return to the big screen? We’re giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see it in 4DX!
4DX is the world’s first and leading 4D technology-based movie experience that brings moving seats and environmental effects like wind, rain and scent to movie theatres around the world. There are currently 10 cinemas in the U.S. (and more than 500 worldwide) featuring 4DX, including locations in Southern California, New York, Seattle, Orlando, Chicago metro area, and D.C.
One winner will receive:
- 1 Pair of 4DX Vouchers
- 1 Deadpool Apron
- 1 Swear Jar
Please note – you must live near one of the ten US locations below in order to win.
- Regal Union Square Stadium 14 (NYC)
- Regal’s E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (NYC)
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- Regal Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 & IMAX (Orlando)
- Regal Meridian 16 (Seattle)
- Regal Gallery Place 14 (Washington, D.C.)
- Marcus Gurnee Mills Cinema (Chicago DMA)
- CGV Buena Park (Orange County CA)
- Cinépolis Pico Rivera (Los Angeles area)
- Cinépolis Vista (San Diego area)
Deadpool 2 hits theaters this Friday, May 18.
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