The first Deadpool
movie had to pull off a tricky juggling act, setting up the origin story for a character who’d already been introduced (underwhelmingly, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
) and whose signature comics aesthetic seemed far too raunchy and profane to fly at the cineplex. If the filmmakers embraced this beloved anti-hero’s R-rated roots, they’d have a hard time making enough money to turn a profit; if they made him safe enough for the PG-13 crowd, then there’d be no point in making a movie at all. Wonder of wonders, Deadpool
went for the hard R and ended up being a huge hit anyway — and with this weekend’s Deadpool 2
, the franchise continues defying the odds, delivering a second installment that critics are actually enjoying even more than the first. This time out, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) meets up with his frequent comics foil Cable (Josh Brolin), a time-traveling cyborg on a quest to prevent a catastrophic future involving a young mutant (Julian Dennison
). Needless to say, the trio link up in typically violent, foulmouthed style, all in the service of a plot that introduces some new characters (including Zazie Beets
‘ Domino and Terry Crews
‘ Bedlam) and sets up future superpowered adventures without forgetting to tell an entertaining story. If you’re a fan — and judging by the box office numbers, the odds are fairly good that you are — grab a chimichanga and head to the theater in confidence.