It’s mutant mania in Hollywood right now, with everyone’s attention turned to Ryan Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth and the hotly anticipated Deadpool 2, which will launch in theaters this Friday (May 18). After the off-the-rails advertising strategy Deadpool employed the first time around and the bonkers lengths they’ve gone to for Deadpool 2 promotion – Celine Dion music video, David Beckham apology, threatening the entire continent of Europe – we should be ready for anything.
Who doesn’t love an adorable singing unicorn? “One of them is not Ryan Reynolds”, Ryan’s “character” wrote. It’s lazy writing to give the character the potential for real danger and also raises far too many questions related to the X-Men franchise as a whole (instead of city-destroying battles, could someone had just snuck up and slapped a collar on Magneto the save the world?). Well, Deadpool does like unicorns, for one thing.
Fox tries to make a bold move early on in this sequel with an all-too-predictable twist that can be seen from a mile away.
Going into detail on the plot here is probably not a good idea, as it would confuse and bewilder those who haven’t seen the first and totally ruin the many surprises for those who have. He teased that the last game he played was 1986’s “Castlevania” for the NES. It’s nearly like The Voice, where you don’t know who’s truly singing until after the reveal. Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) and Shatterstar (Lewis Tan) may as well have been faceless, nameless characters, while Terry Crews’ comedic talents go completely unused. Peter (Rob Delaney) is a scene-stealer as a totally normal guy. Particular praise has gone out to Ryan Reyolds’ performance, the meta humour and Zazie Beetz’ Domino.
This is not to say you won’t find stuff to enjoy. If sequels built on the backs of X-whatever mutants are going to thrive into the future, this installment needs (as did The Lego Batman Movie) to convince its loner protagonist that a family of trusted partners isn’t something to fear. Plus, we get the introduction to X-Force, an offshoot of the X-Men.
It’s been reported that a post-credit scene showing Deadpool killing baby Hitler was cut from the new movie. “Down the road, I’m sure we will figure it out”.
On May 13, Reynolds crashed is called King of Mask Singer that features a competition between eight celebrities who are completely hidden by wearing a mask and costume while they sing.