Uncut, raw, uncensored, prepare for the second coming of Wade Wilson a.k.a the Merc with a Mouth a.k.a Deadpool. I had the fortune of watching the film last night, two days prior to the worldwide release – courtesy of TakTikBook and Scope Cinemas and it did not disappoint.

It’s a well-known fact that sequels tend to be weaker than the original, but Deadpool proves that the first film’s success was no fluke. 2016’s R-rated superhero flick raked in more than $780 million worldwide and was a breath of fresh air with its self-referential, deprecating and sardonic style. It played gags on common superhero tropes that both audiences and filmmakers knew had become silly and cliched. If the original film had a conscience of its own, the sequel itself has become more self-aware of the superhero blockbuster world that it is being released in. That being said, the flick could not have been released at a better time, in the post Infinity War world with all its grim seriousness, Deadpool takes many jabs at Marvel, DC (roasts them the most) and common pop culture traits of late.

Beware, mild spoilers follow.

The film opens with Deadpool attempting to blow himself to bits and flashes back to several weeks earlier recounting the events that lead up to the merc’s suicide. Dealing with heavy loss and blaming himself for it, Deadpool is soon recruited by fan favorite X-Men, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) who give him a chance to start anew as a ‘recruit’. Soon enough, Wade’s arrogance turns a simple rescue mission into disaster and ends up locked in prison, stripped of his healing powers. He delves into self-pity and wallows in anger till the time-traveling cybernetic soldier, Cable (Josh Brolin) arrives looking for Russell, the pyrokinetic mutant boy who is imprisoned with Wade. Turns out later on that Russell will be responsible for the murder of Cable’s wife and daughter in fifty years’ time and he is here to erase the boy from existence. Driven with new purpose, Deadpool assembles a new team called X-Force to stop Cable and protect the boy at all costs as he believes he can change the path Russell is on.

Ryan Reynolds brings in an excellent mix of humor, emotion and dramatic chops to the role. It’s no wonder that he takes extra effort to poke fun at his career throughout the entire movie, after all, this is his brainchild. Brolin who has had a very critically acclaimed run as the Mad Titan Thanos brings gravitas to his performance but does not go so far as to top the CGI work on Infinity War. The rest of the cast is rounded by T.J. Miller who plays Wade’s buddy Weasel, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Zazie Beetz as the lucky Domino who basically steals every scene she is in. The X-Force team that was heavily used in promo material, I felt was criminally underused in the movie itself, especially Terry Crews. Although the film did not have the same rawness that the original did in terms of visual style, director David Leitch brings in the amazing camerawork and adrenaline rush from his previous films Atomic Blonde and John Wick to good use. There is never a boring moment in the film and the gut-torturingly funny sequences still have an emotional backbone throughout the entire story. Deadpool will always be Deadpool, but the experiences that he goes through the movie changes not just his attitude but also those around him, which in turn results in a satisfactory storyline.

There’s tons of swearing, people being hacked to pieces, torn in half and also smashing their heads against rocks. In a very cinematic way of course, so please do go see it, without taking your kids of course.

Go see Deadpool 2 in theaters now!

By Akash Sk