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Deadpool 2: Review (Spoiler Free)

Ryan Reynolds is back as the hilariously irreverant Wade Wilson. But can the sequel match the original film? 

If you, like me, loved the first movie, you’re going to absolutely relish this one. And if you, unlike me, hated the first movie, you’re going to absolutely love this one.

Let’s get this out of the way right at the beginning: Like many of you reading this, I’m a huge Deadpool fan. And despite thoroughly enjoying the first movie (and the 50+ times I’ve watched it since) I thought the sequel would be atrocious and fail miserably.

There, I said it. Why? Because you can’t beat something that’s already so amazing.

The first movie was shockingly different to the superhero movies we’re used to. And since its sequel hits theatres barely a month after the blockbuster that was Avengers: Infinity War, I expected a basic, forgettable flick.

If you, like me, loved the first movie, you’re going to absolutely relish this one. And if you, unlike me, hated the first movie, you’re going to absolutely love this one.

That changed about three seconds into the movie, when the first two words of this masterpiece had the theatre burst into laughter: “F**k Wolverine!”

It was at this very minute that I knew I could be wrong.

Deadpool set up the character, so we got the origins story out of the way with the first movie. Now, compared to the first film, Deadpool 2 felt like an actual movie with an amazing cast, a believable storyline and a wonderful soundtrack that would even impress Guardians of the Galaxy fans.

The entire movie seemed like Ryan Reynolds got a bunch of people together, with a bunch of cameras and just had fun.

If you, like me, loved the first movie, you’re going to absolutely relish this one. And if you, unlike me, hated the first movie, you’re going to absolutely love this one.

Almost everyone around me, from casual fans to those who have never watched the first or even heard of Deadpool, enjoyed themselves.

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In typical Deadpool fashion, the pop culture references are gifts that just keep on giving. From mummy Martha and Matthew McConaughey to Beyoncé and Bambi – no one is spared.

Yes, you read that right – even Bambi got thrown into the mix.

There is a decent amount of ribbing other superheroes as well, from both the DC and Marvel Universe. All I can say without giving a lot away is that Jeremy Renner might have a few issues with the movie.

We all knew what we were getting with Reynolds as Deadpool, but what about the others?

From the comics to the videogame fans have come to love the chemistry between Deadpool and Cable. The time-travelling son of Cyclops is the polar opposite of Deadpool, and it’s this clash of personalities that makes the movie so watchable.

Josh Brolin (aka Cable, aka Thanos) portrayed the stern, no-nonsense character really well. He single-handedly contributes to the majority of the action sequences and I’m sure that there will be a few more Cable fans in the world over the next couple of weeks.

The rest of the crew, from the gorgeous Domino to the goofy Peter, are suitably on point, too. Casting was perfect.

While Zazie Beetz as Domino and Karan Soni as the now blood-thirsty Dopinder would be fan favourites, look out for the adorable Yoiki played by Shiori Kutsuna and the mysterious Vanisher played by… know what, I’m not going to tell you. Let’s just say the person is instantly recognisable and you’re going to love the cameo. When Vanisher’s face emerged for the first time the entire audience at the premiere last night instantaneously gasped, laughed and applauded. Look out for this — it’s a real cinema-goer’s treat.

Since we’re on the topic of cameos, there’s a blink-and-you-miss-it Easter egg at the mutant mansion, which is absolutely hilarious.

Marvel fans would love the addition of a major (and massive) Marvel villain — Juggernaut. We get a very small glimpse of him in the trailers, and his inclusion in the movie offers one of the most memorable scenes in a superhero movie to date.

As mentioned before, the soundtrack will make a Guardians of the Galaxy fan proud. For a movie this random, it’s safe to say the soundtrack would be equally haphazard. Deadpool 2 features tunes from Air Supply and Dolly Parton to Skrillex and AC-DC.

Lastly, and it goes without saying, that you have to stay for the end credits. Those few minutes are gold. I know we say this all the time with every superhero movie out there. But Deadpool 2’s after-credit scenes are, without a doubt, better than any Marvel movie’s after-credit scene. Ever.

Deadpool 2 opens in the UAE on May 17 with a runtime of 119 mins

Director: David Leitch

Deadpool 2 Cast:

Ryan Reynolds: Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Josh Brolin: Nathan Summers / Cable
Morena Baccarin: Vanessa
Zazie Beetz: Domino
Brianna Hildebrand: Negasonic Teenage Warhead
Bill Skarsgård: Zeitgeist
T.J. Miller: Weasel
Terry Crews: Bedlam
Rob Delaney: Peter
Julian Dennison: Russell
Lewis Tan: Shatterstar

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