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Deadpool 2

by Kevin Schattenkirk
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Aug 27, 2018
Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds returned to theaters earlier this year in "Deadpool 2," the sequel to the 2016 film. The first film gave audiences the story of Wade Wilson (Reynolds), a dishonorably discharged special ops mercenary tricked and tortured, activating unknown superhuman abilities but leaving him disfigured, burnt and scarred. Thus, Wilson becomes Deadpool.

The premise of this follow-up is built upon the opening segment, in which Deadpool becomes suicidal, blaming himself after his fiancée is killed. Unable to kill himself, Deadpool forms a group he calls X-Forces, to protect Russell Collins (Julian Dennison), a boy being hunted by Cable (Josh Brolin), a cyber-soldier from the future.

Much like the first film in the franchise, "Deadpool 2" is enjoyable and should appeal to fans. The role of Deadpool is perfectly suited to Reynold's sarcastic brand of humor, and he plays up every clever line. The arrival of Dennison, Brolin, and Zazie Beetz (as Domino) allows the film to veer in a different direction, focusing on building the X-Force team - or "family," as described in one of the special features. While one might assume this would lend the film some heart, sadly it does not. But what makes this film click is the non-stop humor and the chemistry between cast members. (For a slightly different critical assessment of the film, see the EDGE review of the theatrical release from earlier this year.)

Released on August 21, the 2-disc Blu-ray version includes both the theatrical release and the "Super Duper Director's Cut," which adds another 15 minutes to the film. The director's cut is unrated, with some of the additional footage occurring in the beginning scenes during Deadpool's "around the world" tour and suicide attempts. Additionally, some of the additional footage occurs in smaller doses, scenes containing alternate dialogue, too minor to detail here.

In addition to including both the theatrical and director's cuts, the Blu-ray edition includes a generous assortment of extra features, including:

- Gag reel;

- Deleted/Extended Scenes;

- Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes;

- The Deadpool Prison Experiment - A feature examining the role of new characters Russell Collins and Cable and how they shape the storyline, particularly in prison scenes;

- The Most Important X-Force Member - A short, amusing feature on Rob Delaney's role as Peter, a new character to the franchise with no superhero powers and, yet, is an enthusiastic member of the X-Force;

- Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters - An examination of the characters; contrasting the first film's theme of finding love with this film's theme of Deadpool finding a family (the X-Force); introducing characters new to this film, such as Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz) among others, and how they shape the storyline;

- David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2 - A feature on the film's director, the process of creating the film with Reynolds (the film's star, producer, and co-screenwriter), and Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (screenwriters), and the pressure of working with a film franchise, especially a comic book franchise; a telling moment is when Ryan Reynolds says he would be as comfortable with Leitch directing a Merchant-Ivory film as he would "Deadpool 7," and then in a humorous aside says, "God, let's not do a 'Deadpool 7'!";

- Deadpool's Fun Sack 2;

- Audio Commentary (for the theatrical version only) by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch (director), Rhett Reese (screenwriter), and Paul Wernick (screenwriter);

- A host of Easter eggs, and more.


Deadpool
Blu-ray
$22.99
https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/deadpool-2

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.


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