Ryan Reynolds Offers Update on X-FORCE Film

Ryan Reynolds Offers Update on X-FORCE Film

The opening shot of Deadpool 2 is of Wade Wilson with his Deadpool mask pulled halfway up his marred face, puffing on a cigarette and fiddling with a sort of music box, the lilting melody playing as Hugh Jackman's Logan lifelessly twirls on a stake.

No, not his accelerated healing factor - his ability to surprise.

"These can do awesome things!" she said.

Deadpool 2 is out in theaters on Friday, May 18. The difference is that none of it's shocking anymore, since we've been down this road before.

Although perhaps a bit long, Deadpool 2 doesn't really overstay its welcome. If you enjoyed the first one, there's every chance you'll like this one as well.

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The original Deadpool film does still hold the record for the biggest opening weekend by an R-rated movie, and is the second-highest grossing R-rated film of all time in the USA, behind only The Passion of the Christ. There is also quite a lot of talks about the epic post-credit scene of the film, which has been called as the best till date by many. Look at all those characters, most of whom you don't know from the last film.

In nearly every respect, this sequel is an improvement on its 2016 predecessor: Sharper, grosser, more narratively coherent and funnier overall, with a few welcome new additions. And there is a lot of new stuff. He proclaims it a "family film", following a scene very much not for kids, though Deadpool has a point.

Though X-Force could still be a few years away, Reynolds' optimism and enthusiasm about the film is a promising sign.

Some of those additions are pretty fantastic. Then there is, delightfully, a random guy named Peter ("Catastrophe" comic Rob Delaney). But when you meet him again, he's just more of the same and that's ... boring. There's an appealing new character, Domino (Zazie Beets), whose deceptively simple superpower is being lucky. Any deeper themes get dropped or sidelined, in service of moving the story along to the next big set piece. Deadpool works best either when he's the only insane element, or when he can be the puckish trickster who can comment on the heaviness of the main storyline. However, Deadpool 2 successfully manages to distract you from this by keeping you focused on the humor and action, as well as the introduction of the X-Force members, who are terribly underused. The idea is to motivate Wade to get into a different mindset and while it works within the context of the film, it ultimately feels like a stretch and a completely unnecessary move.

But that's okay. There'll be plenty of time to explore his backstory later on.

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