Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Deadpool 2 tracking a $350 million worldwide opening weekend

Deadpool 2 tracking a $350 million worldwide opening weekend

DEADPOOL 2 Hits Theaters May 18, 2018!

This segment begins as a straight replay of a scene from 2009's much-maligned X-Men Origins: Wolverine, specifically the bit where Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) faces up against that movie's version of Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds' first go at the character). "You're so old you make dust look like a baby".

Director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) serves up action with unflinching verve - bodies are crushed, bent out of shape and disfigured in cartoonish, surprisingly amusing ways - but it's in the film's extended comedy bits that Deadpool 2 really shines.

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Some might say that Deadpool's actual setting on the timeline could be pretty fluid, but there are some fairly firm indicators in there of it being set in the present day. Towards the climax of the film, when Deadpool, Cable and Domino are headed en route to stop Firefist from torching up an orphanage, we hear another Indian song playing in Dopinder's taxi. After years of trying to get the picture off the ground, Ryan Reynolds finally made our dreams come true-and the result was a sporadically amusing entry into the superhero movie canon. Deadpool 2 feels like a side X-Men film (and a better X-Men film than half of them) and they make use of these characters to great cinematic and comedic value.

The soundtrack, meanwhile, jumps from 80s nostalgia (Aha's Take on Me gets a mushy makeover) to diva kitsch (Dolly Parton sings 9 to 5 over a sequence of multiple assassinations, Streisand sings from Yentl) and a dash of AC/DC.

"Wade, I'm in the middle of my monologue right here". "I elected to just continue to scar her", he joked. I was in the middle of Avengers and I was exhausted, and they said, 'Do you want to do this thing?' And then my wife (Kathryn Boyd) said, 'Why don't you just read it?' And I read it.

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"Don't be disgusting Stephen", Reynold's character responded.

To really appreciate "Deadpool 2" you have to have seen the original and probably every other Marvel superhero film, too. And while I agree on both points, it'd be nice if every movie were at least somewhat good.

All in all, then, Deadpool 2 brings us some of the weirdest, funniest post-credits scenes in superhero movie history.

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