After the epically intense and grim “Avengers: Infinity War,” it’s time for something a little less dramatic, a little more humorous and a lot more raunchy.
Welcome back, Wade Wilson.
Ryan Reynolds returns as the fast-talking, foul-mouthed, indestructible, unbeatable, meta-joking Deadpool. “Deadpool 2” delivers the laughs, the violence, the emotion, and the insanity you’ve come to expect from the character — in so many inappropriate ways.
The sequel begins with Wilson, aka Deadpool, feeling suicidal. Which is a problem, given he’s very hard to kill. Eventually his old pal Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) shows up and tries to break him out of his funk by getting him to join the X-Men. Of course, in Deadpool’s corner of the X-Universe, the only X-Men around are the metal man and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). They are joined by NTA’s girlfriend, the always cheery Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna).
The team goes to investigate a boarding school that is under assault by one of its students — a flame-powered mutant calling himself Firefist (Julian Dennison). Deadpool sees good in the boy and wants to help him out.
Elsewhen, a time-traveling soldier called Cable (James Brolin) returns home to find his family barbecued by the future adult Firefist. Cable decides to go back in time and kill his family’s killer before he can grow up and cause trouble.
Sorry if that last paragraph was confusing. Time travel is like that.
This, of course, sets Deadpool and Cable on a collision course. On the outs with the X-Men, Wade decides to form his own team — an X-Force to be reckoned with.
If you’re one of the many sick, twisted individuals who loved “Deadpool,” you will probably love “Deadpool 2.” It’s sharp, it’s clever, it’s so crude. But you already know to expect that.
Most of the original cast are back and in fine form. They share the spotlight with newbies Brolin (in his second impressive Marvel appearance this movie season) and Zazie Beets as the luck-powered Domino.
But the real star remains Reynolds, who seems to put so much joy into his performance. It’s an achievement the way he and director David Leitch manage to combine so much violence, raunch and humor with the right amount of heart and wit.
Public Service Announcement: You must stick around for the post-credits scene. Not only is it hilarious it’s actually important to the story. The good news is you don’t have to sit through the rolling credits that follow unless you want to hear a goofy song at the very end.
Oh, and keep an eye out for the Vanisher.