And the numbers for the first wave of reviews Tuesday bear out the similarities between the films: The sequel is doing slightly better on Metacritic.com (average score: 68) than the first film did (65), and the follow-up is running almost dead-even on Rotten Tomatoes (84 percent "fresh"), compared with the original (83). The wise-cracking anti-hero and his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) are living in blissful domesticity and have made a decision to start a family when a tragedy tears them apart. After saving Vanessa, Deadpool travels back into a very recognizable film; X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The endlessly yammering superhero Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) stages for himself a similar suicide in the opening moments of the second movie to bear his name. He was a bit funnier in the first film (and in the unbelievable indie flick Safety Not Guaranteed), yet he does have a terrific closing scene.
Even without the guns and katanas, Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool 2 would slay with its pop-culture winks.
If you enjoyed the first Deadpool this is more of the same, if not an excess of it. Reynolds and company are top-notch, though Brolin and Beetz are the ones to watch.
Deadpool fans might be getting a third Deadpool movie after all, now that Ryan Reynolds has changed his tune. New helmer David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) clearly had a ball with his license to conjure maximum mayhem, but he pumps the brakes just when the proceedings are about to get truly unhinged, as Deadpool experiences a tragedy that saps his desire to go on living.
Based upon Marvel Comics' most unconventional anti-hero, "Deadpool" tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool.
As always, the insane fun continues all the way to the end with two massive Marvel and Ryan Reynolds in-jokes that will entertain fans and three other scenes based around fan favourite characters.
Rolling Stone's Peter Travers handed the film three and a half out of four stars, giving it his stamp of approval in saying, "Deadpool 2 throws everything it has at you until you throw your arms up in happy surrender". In this fast pace world we live in, that means we should look beyond that.
The rules of the game are easy: the two hurl disses at each other until someone "absolutely loses it" or one of them drops a "killer insult" that puts the rest to shame. It's good to see Karan Soni back as taxi-driving Dopinder. Case in point, Cable, the character shows up with very little exposition.
While thinking about whom they could sign on for the soundtrack, Reynolds said he thought about who had the last great ballad for a movie. While most gags land and will result in bouts of laughter from the audience, there are certainly lines in the movie that feel like they were part of a big 'what can we say that's even more out-there this time?' meeting.