Film: Deadpool 2
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz
Directed by: David Leitch
Duration: 2 hrs
Rating: * * * 1 / 2
When Deadpool (2016) was released a couple of years ago, it came like a breath of fresh air in the world of superheroes. While most of the films of the genre were more of the same, Deadpool was a character that didn’t take him or anything else for that matter, seriously. The formula worked and how – even Thor, who had a pedestrian outing during the first time around became successful when there was comedy infused in the film.
If something ain’t broken, don’t fix it – that seems to be the mantra of Deadpool 2, which strictly moves along the lines of its predecessor. It is crasser, more violent, more foul mouthed and occasionally more fun – all in all, the fans will love it while others will enjoy it.
There are tons of pop culture references (in both the Hindi and English version), a soundtrack that knows which song is best suited for a particular scene, a lot of digs at other superheroes (Wolverine in particular) and lot of self referential jokes – this pretty much keeps the film going and when the scenes get too convenient, they just blame it on the writing and get away with it. On one occasion, Deadpool the character even breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience.
So Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) aka Deadpool is back but this time he has to suffer the loss of his beloved wife. The primary villain here fortunately is not into collecting stones to become all-powerful but has come from the future in search of a boy, just like Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991). His name is Cable (Josh Brolin) and he is in search of a boy Russell who has those X Men like mutant qualities. To take on Cable, Deadpool has to put up a new team of extraordinary people together –only Domino (Zazie Beetz) manages to hang on and make an impact while the rest are fun, as long as they are there.
Dopinder (Karan Soni) the cabbie also gets to play an important role and while the previous film introduced Mera Joota Hain Japani to the world, this time it is a song from Swades, the impact of which is not the same as in the previous film.
There are several scenes and lines which come across as a no holds barred effort. Occasionally, it tries to be politically correct – they also call themselves X-Force – “You are not X-Men you are X-People” he tells two girls, who are queer.
Director David Leitch who directed Atomic Blonde and was uncredited in John Wick (the opening credits partly remind us of that) seems to be having a blast directing this one. On the lines of these super-impactful Wakanda women, Zazie Beetz is impressive while Ryan Reynolds moves into top gear. All and all, Deadpool 2 is fun mostly because it is not pretentious like many other super hero films.