Reynolds delivers risqué and riotous sequel with Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds returns as the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ in the much anticipated Deadpool 2. From the opening frame, he lets fly with his self-deprecating, fourth-wall breaking, ball busting and priceless quips while the audience can do little but laugh uncontrollably.

In this sequel, our anti-hero is faced with stopping bad-guy Josh Brolin’s grimacing time-traveler Cable who wants to destroy the powerful mutant Russell Collins aka Firefist. When Deadpool realizes he cannot take down Cable alone, he recruits a deadbeat team of weird and wonderful mutants that align more with Mystery Men than X-Men. As the trailer hints, the creation of X-Force is a lesson in vulgar hilarity. Peter (Rob Delaney), and surprise cameos make the entire X-Force side-show worth diverging into.

First off, Josh Brolin’s Cable is a brilliant villain! He’s a tour de muscle and as equally misunderstood as Deadpool himself. Although bio-mechanically engineered, Cable hides a rippling physique and an ominous past. The work put in to create such a suitable bad-guy has paid off and refreshingly, Cable’s relationship with Deadpool evolves throughout this film rather than reaching a predictable end.

Our very own Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison plays mutant Firefist. He’s definitely not a character you want to mess with, due to his ability to do both great or truly evil things. Dennison slings insults and one-liners with the best of them, holding his own against Deadpool’s potty mouth antics and the super-grizzled Cable.

With Deadpool 2 getting so much right, it’s hard to find fault with such a slick and truly R-rated production. One of the oh-so-few minor gripes is T.J. Miller’s limited screen time as ‘Weasel’. This guy has proven his comedy chops time and time again and was one of the highlights of Deadpool but due to a few recent controversies, his reduced screen time seems understandable. In this outing Miller moves to the background and we see limited interplay between himself and the ‘Red Lantern’.

With director David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde) you know we are in safe hands when it comes to action. Writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Reynolds himself, have taken viewers on a hilarious journey that still manages to make ‘serious’ moments hold weight. The cameos, throwbacks and insults are perfectly timed and well-delivered. The gags in Deadpool 2 are piping on current society, recent superhero movies and modern-day film-making. While Infinity War may have been the most ambitious, and Logan the most serious, Deadpool 2 takes the most risks in the Superhero movie genre.

In an age so saturated with superheroes, Deadpool 2 only makes things wetter – but in a good way.

5 stars small