Deadpool 2 Review
World Cinema

“Deadpool 2” is wittier, sassier and undeniably a better film!

For starters, I am no fan of the first edition of Deadpool which sort of gobsmacked every superhero movie junkie in his gut. Before you know it, the film makes you realize how it was him and not the hackneyed plot or the soupy romantic angle that burnt the screen up. Deadpool is original, democratic and super-fun. Put him any superhero film and you would have him steal the thunder from everyone else’s vapid beaks. Given such fine steaks to the lead man, Deadpool 2 ends up a far superior film and distinctly more engaging as compared to the prequel.

No, inventiveness on the writing front ain’t one thing I would expect from this genre of cinema. Yet, Deadpool 2 tries its best to be relevant. The film kicks off with Deadpool aka Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) making plans for a family with his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). An (un)expected tragedy takes place and Deadpool sets out on a violent spree to establish what – wait for it – family love is all about. Before you make all duh faces and lel sounds, Deadpool 2 pulls its spine together and never fully retreats into the film’s ‘This is a family movie’ claim.

Proceeding in a non-linear pattern similar to the prequel, Deadpool 2 is not devoid of cheesy moments. While Wade’s romance with Vanessa is clichéd to the hilt, the character motives (even hers) remain largely fresh. The writers invest in ample thought to integrate a message on armed teenagers in the USA as well as one against trafficking of minors. The villains, this time around, bear original, imaginative paradigms as a result of which we feel like rooting for our superhero’s prime cause and not just his loudmouth. Even the (relatively) shakily penned part of Russel (Julian Dennison), more or less, ends up making sense. The writers neither strip him completely off his innocence nor do they render him totally adult-like. They also add a sizzling feminist graph to the enterprise by introducing the superhero family X-Force in stark contrast to the ‘gender-insensitive’ X-Men. Well, well…

Now, again Deadpool 2 isn’t one film that combusts with unseen techniques. Nor is it a creative marvel worth writing home about. Also unlike similar films of its ilk, Deadpool 2 doesn’t have an agenda to be a saviour to the world, let alone the universe. What we get is plenty of sassy, original humour, which exactly was the selling point of the first edition. There are insane, unabashed gags at other superheroes, political leaders, films and the works. It will affix a chuckle on your face throughout and when it is not, you are left agape by pacy chases laced with never-ending, classic Deadpool gags. This reminds me how Domino (Zazie Beetz) shines as bright as Wade Wilson in her respective portions. As a mutant whose superpower is luck, Domino is believable, funny and extremely easy on eyes. Finally, as Deadpool and his newfound family take a hero walk towards the end, we can only anticipate for the next edition with great glee. I needed more of the ever-intriguing Negasonic Teenage Warhead though but, boy, Dopinder gets his share of action this time around. Guess that compensates right through!

Rating: ★★★ 1/2

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