Deadpool 2

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Sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated comic book action romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouth murdering anti-hero. Deadpool forms a team to protect a young mutant (Julian Dennison, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) from time traveling mercenary Cable (Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War). Helmed by David Leitch, co-director of the first John Wick.

"After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfil his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavour - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover." (Official Synopsis)

The original Deadpool was a bit of a miracle. It sounded terrible on paper but seemed to work in spite of itself, then went on to make a small fortune at the box office and convince industry pundits everywhere that superhero movies had to have swearing now.

The thing is, the script for that film was tinkered with for like a decade. Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have said it was a product of endless refinement, shearing away any flab until the result was swift and satisfying.

Deadpool 2, by comparison, was banged out in a year or so, and comes with massive franchise expectations. On that second front we get a few X-Universe favourites, including time-travelling soldier Cable. But refined it is not, and by the midway point the sheer volume of comic book references, new characters, and general carnage starts to feel a bit exhausting.

The good news is NZ’s Julian Dennison is great. He’s one of the few cast members who gets to play pathos as well as comedy, and he nails it. And Zazie Beets owns all of her screen time, playing someone whose superpower - luck - makes her a bit like a walking Final Destination movie.

New director David Leitch brings some of his Atomic Blonde style and a splash of John Wick’s fight choreography, but can’t keep the movie from feeling unwieldy. Like, there’s so much stuff in it I don’t have space in this review to talk about the title character (whoa, meta).

It’s often very funny, but periodically Deadpool 2 has to drop the ironic facade and shoot for real emotion, and here it stumbles. Mostly though, it’s a slightly nihilistic gag-fest with more hits than misses. And it’s already given us one of the comedic highlights of the year, in the form of this gif of Rob Delaney skydiving.

Los Angeles Times

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The film's impulse to profess a knowing, snarky superiority can become painfully awkward.

TimeOut (London)

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It's a long movie and when its star isn't on screen and cracking wise, the boundary-pushing shocks and endless self-references wear thin.

Hollywood Reporter

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With Reynolds' charismatic irreverence at its core, the pic moves from bloody mayhem to lewd comedy and back fluidly, occasionally even making room to go warm and mushy.

New York Times

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What drives this franchise is the same force that drives so much culture and politics right now: the self-pity of a white man with a relentless need to be the centre of attention.

Variety (USA)

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In almost every respect, this sequel is an improvement on its 2016 predecessor: Sharper, grosser, more narratively coherent and funnier overall, with a few welcome new additions.

Rolling Stone

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Despite a tendency toward elephantitis in story and scope, not to mention blatant franchise pandering, Deadpool 2 still plays like the runt of the comic-book litter. We mean that as a compliment.

FilmInk (Australia)

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...a joyous, violent, profane and occasionally quite sweet cinema experience worthy of the original.

Vanity Fair

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Unfortunately, two movies in, the Deadpool franchise has not only already run out of jokes - it's become everything it was supposed to hate.

Total Film (UK)

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As with the original, Deadpool 2 thrives on tone over narrative.

NewsHub.co.nz (Kate Rodger)

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If the first Deadpool entirely baked your meringue then Deadpool 2 is obviously exactly the same recipe served at perfect room temperature.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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Deadpool 2 ups the quota so that nearly every line of dialogue now includes something for us to laugh at. It starts to feel a bit strained after a while.

NZ Herald (Karl Puschmann)

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It's wildly irreverent, incredibly funny and gleefully embraces its over the top violence. Recommended, obviously.

A good romp

I enjoyed it more than the Flicks guy because I watched it with few expectations. I'm also not a fanboy meaning I don't geek out on this stuff but I do enjoy them when well made (hence most X-Men & Marvel films make little sense to me). This one I got, including some/most of the pop culture references. NZ actor Julian Dennison is great and huge in this film. 7/10

Bayly

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Deadpool 2 Review.

I loved everything about 'Deadpool 2', I think they did a very excellent job on this production and the special effects were great. I extremely recommend this film for a good night out.

PercyM

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One hell of a joyride.

It's absolutely hilarious, action-packed and even emotional at times; being the joyride that audiences have come to expect.