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Review: Deadpool 2

I watched the first Deadpool film on Saturday night but I believe I made the mistake of flicking between the film and The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Satire versus a real life fairy tale all in one evening sure makes for interesting viewing pleasure.

My colleagues found it amusing when I told them I watched both Deadpool films over the weekend. I’m not really the type to watch action but I appreciate a good satire.

I planned to watch the first Deadpool film in anticipation of watching the sequel as I had seen the trailers and it looked entertaining. I wasn’t going to watch the Royal Wedding but after a lovely walk in the park on Saturday afternoon the curiosity of seeing Meghan’s dress revealed, and the endless media coverage all got the better of me and I couldn’t resist. It didn’t help that my childhood friend is having her fairy tale wedding this weekend so I became really excited about weddings all of a sudden and was seeing and hearts, flowers everywhere in my mind!

After Meghan and Harry entered their reception, I turned back to finish watching Deadpool. I couldn’t keep the beautiful ceremony out of my mind though. There was the lively Bishop Michael Curry, the Royals’ reactions to his sermon and the celebrity guests all coming together to celebrate. George and Amal Clooney, Oprah, Elton John and the Beckhams all together with The Royal Family made Deadpool’s action plot rather difficult to process afterwards.

The Royal Wedding was still at the centre of my mind on Sunday but Deadpool 2 soon quickly took over.

Ryan Reynolds is better than ever in Deadpool 2 as Wade Wilson/Deadpool. The numerous pop culture references do not miss a beat in their comic timing. Ryan Reynolds quirky sense of humour shines through and he helped write the script to this sequel and eleventh instalment to the X-Men film series alongside Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Deadpool 2 has an all star cast with some upcoming talent.

The overall stand-out performer is 15 year old New Zealand actor Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) who plays Russell, a troubled mutant teenage orphan with super powers. Deadpool with a team aims to protect Russell from time traveling mutant Cable with somewhat hilarious results along the way.

Watch out for the nortorious cameo appearance by Stan Lee (to add to his list of Marvel film cameos), plus a crossover of the X-Men characters. There’s also appearances by Matt Damon, Bill Skarsgard and Brad Pitt. As if I wasn’t already mind blown by all the Hollywood A-listers present at the Royal Wedding, Deadpool 2 gave me the same reaction!

Deadpool narrates throughout the film and mockingly pre-warns the audience at the beginning that it’s a “family movie” but in movies like Bambi or the Lion King, the characters we love get killed. The underlining message is that even super heroes need family.

Like the Bishop said during The Royal Wedding sermon, “love is the way”, and isn’t that what family is also all about? In a strange way, both the film and The Royal Wedding had a common theme of love. Trust me, you’ll have to watch the film to understand what I mean!

Review by Bronwen Hartas