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Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable (Josh Brolin).

Review by Louise Keller:
High-energy raucous fun, Deadpool 2 is a hoot: a rollicking, no holds barred explosion of irreverence and action, wired with violence, language and attitude. I felt as though I was on a trampoline, soaring to different heights of insanity through a barrage of crazy ideas, situations and characters. If your sense of humour is black and you delight in having your imagination ignited from all directions, you will get a real kick out this sequel.

Ably directed by former stuntman and actor David Leitch, the film is kickass and bold; its screenplay a melee of improbable themes as it reinforces the importance of family and belonging ('Family is not an F word'). Music plays an important role, buoying the action by a toe-tapping soundtrack featuring the likes of Air Supply, Cher, Dolly and Pat Benetar, effectively juxtaposing songs to counter the sentiments on screen.

Ryan Reynolds is at his best as Wade (aka Deadpool), his handsome features camouflaged by bad skin and disfigurement. He is quirky, lovable and annoying at the same time. His body is like plasticine. He switches easily from crazy man to lover and protector. His square jaw on display and body beefed up to suitably comic-strip proportions, Josh Brolin is rugged and all business as the super soldier from the future - direct from his high profile role as the villainous Thanos in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity Wars. If you saw Hunt for the Wilderpeople, you will remember Julian Dennison, the plus-size youngster from New Zealand, whose Russell is a juvenile superhero with fiery hands and hang-ups. He is terrific here. Eddie Marsan plays it straight as the abusive headmaster of the school for mutants, while Morena Baccarin is lovely as the love of Wade's life ('Kiss me like you missed me').

Bones crack, blood spurts and blades whistle in the non-stop Marvel action, where the acrobatics are inspired and the choreography controlled, as characters fly atop cars, buildings and through glass. Watch out for the sequence after Deadpool recruits a team of unlikely cohorts and they jump out of a plane. The results are unexpected, hilarious and ultra black. As for the scene involving mix and match body parts (some naked) - you will shake your head in disbelief! Film references play a big part and listen carefully for the one-liners: they fly fast and sharp. Look carefully at the hilarious opening credits and the Logan-inspired musical box (there's a pay off at the end of the film).

It's drop dead(pool) wonderful!

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(US, 2018)

CAST: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccani, Eddie Marsan, Zazie Beetz, Brianna Hildebrand, Bill Skarsgard, TJ Miller, Terry Crews, Leslie Uggams

PRODUCER: Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner

DIRECTOR: David Leitch

SCRIPT: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds


EDITOR: Craig Alpert, Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, Dirk Westervelt

MUSIC: Tyler Bates

PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Scheunemann

RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes



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