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The Merc with a Mouth is back guns a-blazing in this follow-up to the 2016 surprise hit, and the sequel opens up in the weirdest way possible: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) tries to commit suicide by literally blowing himself up lying on top of barrels of gas. I won't spoil the reasoning for this but needless to say, it doesn't work out as the spandex-wearing idiot had thought. Getting into the coherence of the plot, we find Wade has fully embraced his alter-ego, dark humor, redness and all, and has taken his level of involvement of foiling (by that I mean killing, maiming, chopping and decimating) bad guys and their operations internationally. Wade eventually gets himself involved with looking after a young but powerful mutant called Russell (Julian Dennison) who is being hunted down by a time-traveling
cyborg called Cable (Josh Brolin). Too much for him to take on alone, Deadpool recruits several other mutants to prevent Russell from being assassinated and from facing a dark predetermined fate. Deadpool 2 takes advantage of being a follow-up by riffing on everything having to do with sequels, including on the film itself and the cast as well. Most of the humor is delivered dead on by Ryan Reynolds who once again owns it as the hilariously funny mercenary. The other cast members get their moments in the spotlight, although personally it felt criminally brief, but it's Josh Brolin who shines the most as Cable only coming second to Reynold's character. The action is bigger too, only in the spectacle sort of way; there's less hands-on action here than compared to the first film. The
sequel relies a little more on CGI, something that Deadpool laughably points out several times. One wouldn't expect a movie that features a violent profane Marvel character who shoots as many raunchy, fourth-wall breaking jokes as he does bullets to have a surprisingly tender message of family yet Deadpool 2 manages to accomplish that in its' oddball but inventive way. In that respect, the film succeeds its' predecessor for being more than just a sequel that recycles what made the first film so great; the irony being that it consists of half the formula of what makes this film work too. Deadpool 2 comes highly recommended with a spicy chimichanga.