Deadpool 2 (2018)


Directed by David Leitch
Country: USA

Director David Leitch (“John Wick”, “Atomic Blonde”) and writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds considerably decreased my enthusiasm about Deadpool with this discouraging second installment of the Marvel Comics franchise. In 2016, Tim Miller (his next move is a reformulated episode of Terminator with Schwarzenegger) was more efficient in his approach, causing a positive impact with his depiction of the subversive anti-hero and drawing a legion of fans, who rejoiced with the irreverence of the character.

Insolent, defiant, often violent, and having a spiteful tongue, Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is a disfigured yet physically indestructible mercenary whose body enjoys an extremely accelerated healing factor. After losing his beloved girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) in a sudden enemy attack, Wade tries to commit suicide by blowing himself up. In the course of his recovery, he befriends a mutant kid named Russell Collins/Firefist (New Zealander Julian Dennison), who is not so kind-hearted as he looks. Cable (Josh Brolin), a cybernetic soldier from the future come to hunt him down with fierce determination after losing his family due to Collins’s evil actions.

The story develops with a few twists and Cable becomes Wade's ally in the battle against Russell and his new partner, the hard-as-a-rock Juggernaut (voice of Ryan Reynolds), whose colossal strength rips Deadpool in half - it's silly but it really happens! Other associates join them to make justice, like Colossus (voice of Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), both old X-Men pals, as well as the honest Domino (Zazie Beetz), one of the newly recruited members of X-Force. The selective interviews of the candidates who want to join this anti-sexism group constitute the most hilarious scenes of the film.

A seismic avalanche of rambunctious situations occurs throughout the film, characterized by karate moves, gunshots, digitally processed jumps, flights, and stunts, and flashy special effects, all wrapped in a deliberate sloppy pose and disarrayed hysteria. Sentimentality is also present in a few cheesy occasions, bolstered by a questionable soundtrack. Unfortunately, I found the film more tiresome than entertaining, with the intermittent funny jokes being unable to rescue the film from the visual and verbal exhaustion. You know what? “Deadpool 2” is no smart adventure.