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Review: ‘Deadpool 2’ provides crude humor and innovation

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"The story isn’t anything special, as the entire crux of the film revolves around Cable’s attempts to kill a delinquent teenager."

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“Not Spider-Man” is back in his new sequel that exceeds the first.

Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as fan-favorite Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool, who must battle a mysterious cyborg named Cable, played by Josh Brolin (who also portrayed Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War”).

In addition to starring as the anti-hero, Reynolds co-wrote the screenplay with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The story isn’t anything special, as the entire crux of the film revolves around Cable’s attempts to kill a delinquent teenager. The similarities to films such as “The Terminator” are not only prevalent but parodied in the hilarious Deadpool fashion.

But the film isn’t perfect. Unfortunately, the comedy isn’t as innovative with as the first movie and there are many slow, drawn-out scenes that feel like they should have ended halfway through. The first film was groundbreaking for the superhero genre, whereas this film sort of takes all the things that made the first film unique and retreads many of the same tropes and set pieces. But even though some aspects of this film aren’t as original, the set pieces, characters, and music have all improved making it superior to the first.

The cast plays off each other very well. With the debut of the new characters (Cable, Domino, Firefist, and the X-Force), the old cast (Weasel, Blind Al, Vanessa, Dopinder, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead) is pushed to the background, but all still get their moments. Each actor brings to life very obscure characters from Marvel Comics, which gives them the opportunity to act eccentric and bizarre and add to the comedic timing and unexpected plot developments.

The film, when stacked up to other superhero movie sequels, is among some of the best, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Spider-Man 2,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” Although it may rely too heavily on the first film for the majority of its jokes, “Deadpool 2” still manages to engage the audience in Wade Wilson’s outlandish, unconventional lifestyle. But unlike many other superhero movies, this film isn’t as appropriate or as accessible with the vast supply of curse words and adult situations, so keep kids under the age of 15 far away from this film. But to anyone willing to sit through decapitations, crude jokes, and excessive Ryan Reynolds buffoonery, this film will satisfy you.  

 

Rating: B+

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Grant Vogel, Staff Writer

Grant Vogel will spend his senior year as a first-time staff writer with The Red Ledger. During his junior year, he wrote his first three movie reviews featured on The Red Ledger including: “A Quiet Place,” “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and “Deadpool 2.” This year, he works as a movie reviewer for The RedLedger. His favorite films include: “Avengers: Infinity War,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Dracula” (1931), and “The Star Wars Holiday Special.” He strongly stands by his belief that “Parks and Recreation” is a better TV Show than the “The Office” (U.S.) and that “Community” is better than both of them. He isn’t the biggest “Harry Potter” fan, but he prides himself in being a self-proclaimed Gryffindor displaying naive but daring behavior.

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