Deadpool 2 is as wild, wacky — and enjoyable — as the first

Published Jun 3, 2018 at 9:00am

If you’re still reeling from the emotional gut-punch ending of Avengers: Infinity War, the new Deadpool sequel is here to remind you that there’s still plenty of wild and wacky fun to be had in the never-ending flood of superhero movies.

Take a break from all your worries and have fun embracing this foul-mouthed, violence-heavy, R-rated dance party of a film.

Deadpool 2 is just as funny, weird and raunchy as the first film, with a touch of heart and soul added for good measure. It opened to a packed house at Rome Cinemas 8 and should be playing for the next several weeks.

For those unfamiliar with this comic book movie spin-off, Deadpool is an unstoppable, joke-spewing, superhero mercenary, capable of instantly healing any injury and unable to keep his mouth shut. His healing super-power allows for all manner of gruesome bodily harm and enough blood splatter to earn the R-rating several times over, almost all of which is done for laughs. And his constant stream of jokes and pop culture references make him one of the funniest characters to grace the silver screen in recent years.

Deadpool is a spin-off of the X-Men film franchise. You don’t have to know those movies to appreciate the humor in Deadpool, but it definitely helps.

The character’s biggest claim to fame is his ability to break the fourth wall — meaning he is aware that he’s a character in a movie and frequently talks to the audience, making jokes about his own movie and pretty much all other superhero movies.

For example, Deadpool is played by actor Ryan Reynolds, and Deadpool the character never lets Reynolds the actor forget that he once starred in the superhero flop Green Lantern. Deadpool is a legacy-making role for Reynolds.

Most of the jokes and references are hilarious in Deadpool 2, and the humor moves at such a quick pace that the next joke is always right around the corner. This is a funny movie from beginning to end.

It’s this irreverent pop culture flippancy that has sky-rocketed Deadpool to popularity in the already crowded superhero movie market. There’s nobody else like Deadpool, and there are no other movies like Deadpool 2. He’s the sort of maniac who will challenge the bad guy to a fight to the death in the same breath as making a crack about Batman and a deep cut reference to Barbara Streisand in Yentl.

In the new sequel, Deadpool is determined to save a trouble mutant teen from a cybernetic soldier from the future — which, you have to admit, is a pretty fun sentence. But, as Deadpool himself assures the audience, Deadpool 2 is a family film, because there are plenty of heart-felt and sometimes tragic life lessons Deadpool has to learn along the way.

If you don’t mind copious amounts of cartoonish violence and enough foul language to make an entire fleet of sailors blush, then it definitely works as a family film. Children and teens love this kind of humor, but they’ll need an adult’s help to get in with the R-rating. Adults will love the movie, too, so leaving the younger set at home is definitely an option.

The film never outstays its welcome and remains entertaining straight through to the show-stopping after-credits sequence. Definitely stay in your seats when the credits roll.

Deadpool’s raunchy, reference-heavy humor is not for everybody. But if you enjoyed the first film, you’re likely to love the sequel. If you hated the first film, this new one probably isn’t going to change your mind. Either way, the Deadpool movies are a devious stand-out in the crowded superhero landscape.