Deadpool 2: Return of the anti-hero

May 28, 2018

By Omair Alavi

Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool 2 is perhaps the best way to come out of the shocking climax of Avengers: The Infinity War; the guy who played Thanos there (Josh Brolin) is the one who saves the day as Cable; the film is also the perfect reply to the silliness of both Marvel and DC Universes where the name of two characters’ mother can bond two superheroes, where an actor’s decision to sign a superhero film that bombed at the box office is made fun of and where the anti-hero leads a team that does nothing at all. Cool, isn’t it?

The Plot

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) loses his fiancée Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) in the early minutes of the film and decides to take revenge from all those involved. Sadly, he is incarcerated when he loses his cool when he sees torture marks on the skin of a young mutant. From there on, Deadpool and the youngster Russell Collins aka Firefist (Julian Dennison) are on the run from Cable (Josh Brolin) a cybernetic soldier from the future who wants Firefist dead. Will Deadpool be able to save his friend or will Cable complete his mission despite Deadpool’s intervention, that’s what the film is all about. Watch and find out!

The Good

Ryan Reynolds is, without doubt, the reason why one should watch the movie – his character makes fun of everything between the Earth and the Sun including films like Batman vs Superman – Dawn of Justice, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Batman, Green Lantern, Wolverine, X-Men and others. The one-liners are hilarious as the pop culture references rain from above; the other members of the cast do have their share in the plot but it’s nothing like the title character. Josh Brolin scores another one in the Marvel Universe and excels as the time traveller from the future in search of his family’s killer; there are a couple of Hollywood legends who make cameo appearances in the film and before you search their name on the internet, think about the suspense it would kill. As for the film’s USP – the action sequences – they are mind-blowing as Deadpool gets to do everything from blowing up a building, fighting in an armoured truck, jumping from an aeroplane to riding a scooter. Yes, you read it right … that’s Deadpool for you!

The Bad

The worst thing about the return of Deadpool is the timings of the film’s release – never ever have 2 Marvel flicks been released within a gap of 3 weeks and that’s one thing that cost Ryan Reynold’s latest the most. Avengers: Infinity War is still in cinemas and so is Star Wars’ Solo making it difficult for Deadpool 2 to wreak havoc at the box office. Then there is the month of Ramadan all over the world where people usually stay away from cinemas. Finally, there are the re-dubbed dialogues in the version released in Pakistan where cussing is changed to something ‘family-iar’. Why can’t the film be released uncut for those above 18 years, is beyond my mind!

The Verdict 3/5

Deadpool 2 is perhaps the best take on superhero flicks irrespective of which camp they belong to; however, with too many characters and too many arcs, it isn’t able to make an impact like the first Deadpool or the last Avengers. People want to see Deadpool and Deadpool alone and he is one superhero who can give others a run for their money. Hopefully, makers will understand the audience’s psyche before going for the third instalment in what can be termed as a fresh breath of air in the dark world of DC and the light one of Marvel.