Deadpool 2 Reviewed By Jon E Clist

The Premise
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill 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 flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

The Review
There haven’t been many comic book films released with the target market of adults. For sure there are Marvel and DC buffs out there who are really just teenage boys in long pants, but I mean comic book films for the standard adult audience that wants more from their film then a hero in tights. In more recent times we have seen the edgier themed films in this genre such as Logan, however it is comedy that in general unites the masses and hence why Deadpool took the world by storm. Worldwide Deadpool took a staggering US$783 million on a modest superhero production budget of US$58 million. (I know $58 mil is still a massive amount of money but when you consider that Avengers Infinity War probably had a budget north of $200 Million.)

Anyway the “Merc with a mouth” is back and as funny as ever. This is an extremely funny film and the perfect example of breaking film making rules to make a better movie. Film makers are taught to never break character or risk the story being derailed through breaking the fourth wall. The fourth wall is a performance convention in which an invisible, imagined wall separates actors from the audience. While the audience can see through this "wall", the convention assumes, the actors act as if they cannot. So, we saw a lot of this in the first Deadpool film and of course this style continues in the sequel. Deadpool talks to the audience with regularity throughout the story to great effect.

The other element that adds greatly to the humour is how he also breaks the Fourth Wall via comments and jokes regarding the real world. Normally this would be a big no-no as it stops the concept of dispelling disbelief. Some of the best one liners in this format relate to the different names that Deadpool calls Cable. (No spoilers here so I won’t tell you what any of them are, however I will point out that it often relates to some of Josh Brolin’s other theatrical roles.

So the humour is much the same in style as the first film, it is maximized with the addition of some awesome new characters, such as Cable (Brolin) Domino (Beetz) and Russell (Played by New Zealand’s own Julian Dennison). What a brilliant collection of cleverly placed characters and seriously it is becoming so cool to see the New Zealand culture invading the world of Marvel.
The Verdict
As funny as the first with even more action and still as irreverent as possible. The real comic book film for adults. Not for the kiddies or the soft spirited but for everyone else… a definite yes!

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 17th May 2018
Rating: R16 – Contains Graphic violence, sexual references & offensive language
Duration: 119 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Comedy
Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin
Director: David Leitch (John Wick, Atomic Blonde)