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Deadpool 2 full of graphic humor and adrenalin

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Deadpool 2 (2018) is the direct sequel to the Deadpool (2016), featuring the mutant Wade Wilson, also known as Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds). The movie was directed by David Leitch and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds.

It is also the 11th movie of the X-Men franchise. Deadpool is the quintessential anti-hero who is always rejecting classic accounts of nobility and forgiveness. However, Wilson usually has his heart in the right place. The movie explores this through comedy, action and the zany but witty attitude of Deadpool himself.

Telling about the events of the movie itself, chronologically, would be spoiler territory. So, I am going to traverse it lightly. After the events of the first movie, Deadpool is a much paid and coveted assassin. His powers of regeneration allow him to really outmatch most of his opponents.

At the same time, he is back with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and they love each other more than ever. The merc with a mouth shows a soft side too - he wants a family. The movie ultimately focuses Deadpool's social issues and his need of family versus how poorly he communicates with other people.

This adds a lot of flavor and humor to the film as Deadpool cannot stop joking even in the most dangerous of situations. Classically, he also breaks the fourth wall often and talks to the audience or make references to other movies and even the DC universe.

I loved the interactions with Deadpool and Colossus (Stefan Kapi?i?). They are both on different worlds and it has been shown from the first film. Colossus, an X-Men, is pretty much like Superman. He plays by the rules of law and wants to show a lot of restraint. He also cares a lot for his friends and family.

At times, Colossus is a bore. Colossus's way of doing things may be legal, civilized and right but Deadpool keeps on challenging him that do all the antagonists deserve mercy or even the restraint he practices. This was a good dialogue, it showed that at times Deadpool is correct and other times Colossus is correct. For both of them to come to an agreement in understanding contexts and being flexible was important to their friendship.

Deadpool develops a bond with Russell Collins/ Firefist (Julian Dennison). The young 14-year-old mutant is a lot like Deadpool in some regards and seeing himself in a young form actually exasperates the mercenary. When Cable (Josh Brolin) comes to murder Collins, Deadpool becomes determined to stop him.

He is actually empathetic - he doesn't care what the reason is; Wilson believes it is morally wrong to attack a teenager in such a manner. We have seen this side of Wilson before when in the first movie he helps a girl from her stalker as he thinks stalking is a moral crime. The movie and comics always show Deadpool as a complicated character and Collins furthers this complication.Wilson also has a tendency of pushing away people he likes by being annoying probably because he is afraid of them getting tired of him.

Now, Josh Brolin also plays the infamous Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Both his performances are really good - Brolin knows how to play complicated villains who believe they are doing the right thing even if it seems completely wrong. Not to mention, he did say playing Thanos was more challenging than Cable but he doesn't throw any punches for playing Cable. Cable is methodical, expressively angry, very well armed and a skilled combat specialist.

One of the show stealers is actually Domino (ZazieBeetz), who wants to join Deadpool's X-Force. When asked what her superpower is; she merely smiles and says luck. Wilson says luck is not a superpower and they get into a debate but eventually she is in the team. Domino is a force of nature to be reckoned with and she shows how much luck can be a superpower.

She has very awesome fighting sequences and is an invaluable member of Deadpool's team. She also assesses situations better than him and is a skilled tactician (a quality Deadpool actually lacks). Domino also exudes friendliness and seems pretty happy-go-lucky as she says things always work out for her. And, they rarely don't.

Joining the crew again is Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), the tough young mutant who is now a full-fledged member of the X-Men. She still makes sarcastic comments and retorts to Deadpool. Their relationship is one of love and hate. Negasonic also has a X-men member, Yukio (ShioliKutsuna), as her girlfriend and partner in battle. Yukio finds Wilson amusing and always smiles when she sees him as he thinks her girlfriend and she are a good couple.

The movie hints on Deadpool's own pansexual orientation thus is queer friendly. Wilson is canonically pansexual in the comics and though he seemingly jokes with Colossus it does take on the shape of true flirting at times that suggests that he may have some feelings for his friend and they could be mutual.

Comparatively, I would say Deadpool's first movie is better. The first movie was bit more streamlined. This one has many layers but they don't, as another reviewer online stated, coalesce as well as they should. That same reviewer pointed out the CGI is sometimes like game FMVs, which I agree because if you watched Avengers: Infinity War you know CGI blends well with the environment in that movie.

These were the few shortcomings of the film but overall it allows Deapool and others to grow as characters. The characters of Dopinder (Karan Shoni), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) also return to add much neededhumor and narrative twists in the plot.

Deadpool is a R rated, graphic movie with loads of blood, kills and freshly mixed comedy. It stays true to its genre of a funny, superhero movie and it delivers what it needs. The film is recommended.


The writer is working with The Asian Age

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