Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2018. Donners’ Company, Kinberg Genre, Marvel Entertainment, Maximum Effort, TSG Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox. Screenplay by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds. Cinematography by Jonathan Sela. Produced by Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner. Music by Tyler Bates. Production Design by David Scheunemann. Costume Design by Kurt and Bart. Film Editing by Craig Alpert, Michael McCusker, Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, Dirk Westervelt.
The superhero whose magical powers include his creepy, cancer-related regeneration and, most memorably, his shameless insouciance, is back for another adventure, and this one is much more creative and lighter in spirit than the first one. Ryan Reynolds solidifies the movie star presence he’s been promising since his Van Wilder days as the badass good guy who is called in to operate as an X-Men “trainee” when an adolescent mutant with fiery powers (Julian Dennison) causes a public safety situation. Deadpool’s poor handling of young Firefist’s tantrum doesn’t go too well and they both get thrown in prison, which then gets complicated when a dubious, Terminator-like tough guy (Josh Brolin) shows up and tries to kill the younger of the two. Assembling a crack force of “X-Force” teammates (whose individual destinies provide one of the funniest of the long-form jokes in the movie), Deadpool finds himself in pretty deep when the tables turn and the actual identity of the enemy gets murky. The film is overloaded with perverse sexual humour, excessive foul language, grotesque violence and endless bro-friendly gay jokes, but miraculously is not weighed down by them, and for some reason the more tasteless it gets, the more fun it is to watch.