Deadly fun

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 May 2018 13:13:58


 

Deadpool 2

FILM REVIEWS

By Farina Salim Quraishi

SASS and style were never as good a combo as in Deadpool. Two years on, the obnoxious, motor-mouth mutant is as spunky as ever, striking poses and wisecracks energetically; breaking new grounds in the process. With a lot more room to stretch his legs (literally as well in one of the scenes) Deadpool 2 manages to do what only a handful of sequels have managed so far, better the prequel! Deadpool 2, with an over load of ribald jokes and hyper-violent action, is funnier, fiercer and of course, filthier than its predecessor by a mile, which is a feat by itself really since Deadpool was a master-class in gross and gore when it released in 2016.

Picking up from where the prequel ended, Wade Wilson aka Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is still scarred but happy. Wade and his wife, Vanessa are ready to start a family and give stability a shot. But the forever plans are shattered after an armed break-in in their house goes all wrong. A stray bullet, deflected by Deadpool, hits and kills Vanessa on the spot, plunging Wade into depths of despair. His oldest friend, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) pulls him off the self-destruction path and puts a protesting Deadpool in the X-men training programme to convalesce. On his very first day, the team is called in to help a raging mutant Russell (Julian Dennison), amidst a police stand-off.

Russell aka Firefist, an inmate of a mutant home, is threatening to destroy the orphanage to take revenge on its abusive headmaster. Deadpool tries to stop him and then strangely decides to help Russell’s agenda. After becoming the judge, jury and executioner for the troubled teenager, both Deadpool and Russell are packed off to the Supermax prison. Being imprisoned is only one part of their troubles, soon a winter soldier err super-soldier from the future, Cable (Josh Brolin) arrives to eliminate Russell. Woefully under matched against Cable’s hi-tech weaponry, Deadpool must now enlist some super help...

Keeping up the franchise’s tradition, Deadpool 2 doesn’t take itself seriously–despite the solemn premise-andgivesintoitsabsurditieswholeheartedly.Insharpcontrast to the all too somber and serious superhero movies, Deadpool 2 is a Merc with a Mouth and the most rebellious mutant wears the tag rather well. Right from its uproariously raunchy jokes, to being inappropriately graphic, right down to its nonstop pop culture references, crass humour keeps cresting in Deadpool 2, with only a few troughs to show for its trouble. Phrases using the four letter are an amalgamation of creativity meeting depravity and the result is hilarious, sure to leave you in splits.

The one-liners come in from all directions, but mostly from Deadpoolhimself.‘You’re so dark,’he asks Cable in-between a fight, ‘are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?’, this and more such lampooning of comic-book action movies has been done with a lot of chutzpah. Deadpool2hasasmuchfunwith the lines as it does with its all too gory action. With sequences bloody enough to make Final Destination makers baulk, Deadpool 2 makes good work of making blood flow like the proverbial water!

The action, choreographed by director David Leitch, rarely relents and the high-octane destruction is served up with unflinching gusto. Bodiesare pul-verised, skulls burst open, body fluid splatters all around even as body bending takes on new dimensions in o v e r-the-top mayhem of the film. With so much going on the screen, there’s little time to ponder over the proceedings that make little sense. The story is pretty simple, plotted to accommodate all the action –verbal and physical - seamlessly.

Though the first hour is too much mush, with a moping Wade wailing and wise-cracking in that order - endlessly, things get back to ‘normal’ after only after Wade decides to be Deadpool and fires on the plot. Ryan Reynolds totally nails it as the recklessly reluctant superhero with super-fast healing powers. With his face hidden either by a mask or disfigured, Reynolds makes Deadpool charismatic with justhis attitude eratherthanh is picture-perfect appearance.

As nimble-footed he is slicing and dicing people as he is posing precariously, Reynolds plays the unkill able assassin with a panache that’s strangely engaging. Josh Brolin as the soldier from the future is a formidable foe. Though lacking nuanced characterisation of Thanos (Avengers:InfinityWar), he is sufficiently effective as an agent of chaos. Several characters from the first part make glorious return in the sequel including Morena Baccarin as Vanessa; theX-Menteammates Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (BriannaHildebrand)andblindAl (Leslie Uggams), along with a few super additions Weasel (TJMiller) and Dopinder (Karan Soni), Domino(ZazieBeetz),Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard),Bedlam(Terry Crews) and Peter (Rob Delaney). But theX-Forcescene-stealeris Zazie Beetz’s Domino.

The lady blessed by luck brings a kick-ass charm to the character and definitely deserves a bigger chunk of screen-time next time round. All said and done, if you like surprises and aren’t bothered by prim and propriety at all, then, by all means go grab a ticket of Deadpool 2, you’ll come away smiling for sure.

The Hitavada Rating: ✯✯✯

PS: Do stick around for the two mid-creditsscenesto watch one of the most hilarious scenes of Deadpool 2 and be prepared to whistle while you are it!