Run time: 119 mins
Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins
Film run time: 1h 59m
Ryan Reynolds returns for his second outing as the ‘Merc with a Mouth’ (as it is widely agreed that 2009’s Wolverine Origins doesn’t count), blasting forth with Deadpool’s signature action, humour, fourth wall breaks, and complete and utter irreverence.
Delivering on the promise from the first movie’s Ferris Bueller homage, Deadpool 2 sees the introduction of fan favourite character Cable (Josh Brolin) a time-travelling, cybernetic, mutant soldier; who has travelled from the future to hunt down a young mutant called Russell (Julian Dennison, best known from Hunt for the Wilderpeople).
In order to protect the young mutant Deadpool puts together his own team of superheroes, the not at all derivatively named X-Force, including (among others): Zazie Beetz as the luck manipulating Domino, Terry Crews as the obscure, even for Deadpool, character Bedlam, and some guy called Peter (Rob Delaney).
For a movie self-aware enough to acknowledge the difficulty of a sequel living up to the hype, Deadpool 2 seems to be taking the challenge in its stride; “It lives up to the hype, plus plus” to quote Wade Wilson himself.