• 26 May - 01 Jun, 2018
  • Mohammad Kamran Jawaid
  • Reviews

Zanier – that one word is enough to define Deadpool 2, a loopy, hyper-violent, out-of-its-mind superhero actioner that continues to defy genres.

Although not a major fan of the original (except for the in-your-face-humour), I have to admit one thing: this movie franchise defied Hollywood. Let me elaborate.

Deadpool is a risky franchise. Played by Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a skilled mercenary mutant with the ability to heal from any – and I do mean any – lethal assault (the guy survives even when his head his blown off, and his body is split in two). Given his power to regenerate, he goes through a world of hurt mostly for comedic relief (although some may argue that he loves to inflict pain on himself because of his psychological imbalance and personal gravitas, I highly doubt if he himself would lend an ear to that).

The franchise is risky because it was, at one time, termed too dark, violent and weird to make it in Hollywood. The character, and the very actor who plays him, initially made an appearance in the first solo Wolverine movie (X-Men: Origins – Wolverine), which ruined his entire personality (it is a fact Deadpool himself makes fun of, time and again).

If it were up to Hollywood, Deadpool would not have been made – at all. The first part, after a years of development, came out, defied conventions, raked in a lot of box-office, and created a niche for others to follow.

Which is exactly what Deadpool 2 does. It amps up everything from the first film, wraps a fleetingly simple story around a ton of one-liners and cameos from known and unknown superheroes and piles up unwarranted deaths (Cable, one of my personal favourites played by Josh Brolin, is a fine supporting character in the movie).

Chances are, if you are a fan, you’ll rave about the movie. If you aren’t, then you may laugh along with its nuttiness. In any case, you’ll definitely go see it.