After delivering more than $200 million at the box office in its first two weekends, it looks like Deadpool is here to stay. With another sequel already in development, Ryan Reynolds will likely have several more opportunities to play the heroic Marvel Comics anti-hero. Reynolds likes the idea, especially since he thinks that, because of his imperfections, Deadpool’s character arc is so much more interesting than other movie superheroes. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Reynolds)
With $150 million domestically and $330 million worldwide in its first five days of release, Deadpool 2 is another huge hit. In a world that’s jammed full of superhero movies — some of which have performed dismally — why is the Deadpool franchise doing so well? Ryan Reynolds thinks it’s because the character — and the films — are so unique. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Reynolds)
Ryan Reynolds stars as Deadpool in Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox.
Though Deadpoolproved Ryan Reynoldswas tailor made for the titular role (actually he proved that in X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the original film had its share of flaws. With respect to Ed Skrein, Ajax wasn’t the most memorable of villains, the non-linear structure, at least for me, was a bit too jarring.
With the origin story out of the way, Deadpool 2 flies in a much different and more liberating dimension. The merc with a mouth is still annoying (and at times funny) as can be, but this time out he has a worthy adversary in a tough guy from the future named Cable (Josh Brolin).
Determined to kill a powerful young mutant named Russell (Julian Dennison) for his own, understandable motivations, Cable is a force of nature who the seemingly indestructible Deadpool can’t even stop. After a botched mission with his X-Men buddies Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) to reign in Russell, Deadpool eventually bonds with the kid. Vanessa’s (Morena Baccarin) desires to start her own family brings paternal yearnings from our hero, so it’s easy to see why he’ll risk life and limb for this troubled kid.
After assembling a ragtag group he calls X-Force (Zazie Beetz as the luck infused Domino is particularly memorable), Deadpool is ready to save Russell, defeat Cable, and become the ultimate team leader in the process. Since Deadpool is unpredictable as they come, things immediately go south, leading to a ton of destruction and carnage in the process.
Fans of the character will undoubtedly love both films, but even if you get annoyed by Deadpool’s constant chatter (like most of his colleagues), Deadpool 2 is engaging and often eye-popping action fare. David Leitch, who directed one can’t miss sequence from the otherwise blah Atomic Blonde, takes over the directing duties of original filmmaker Tim Miller and does an excellent job. A chase sequence spearheaded by Beetz is bordering on sensory overload, and it’s terrific (the final fight, though not as memorable as the chase, is also finely tuned). Thanks to an excellent ensemble (though Leitch pays a bit more attention to the newer characters, the Deadpoolreturnees each have their small moments to shine) and a first rate screenplay (Reynolds is a co-writer), Deadpool 2is a creative highpoint in the comic book genre.
Unpredictable to the core and filled with more easter eggs and self-referential jokes than one can imagine, Deadpool 2succeeds on all fronts (the end credits are also to die for), proving that the sophomore slump isn’t part of the merc’s verbose vocabulary.
With its irreverent attitude and an antiheroic superhero, Deadpool was a huge hit at the box office in 2016, taking in $363 million in the United States and $783 million worldwide. Of course, that kind of a reception made it a no-brainer to give the film a sequel, which arrives in theaters this week. Star Ryan Reynolds says that after the first movie did so well, that gave the creative team the confidence to push the envelope and make the second one even more Deadpoolier! (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Reynolds)
Deadpool 2 opens on Friday in theaters everywhere.
The Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds action flick The Hitman’s Bodyguard was the box office champ over the weekend as it took in $21.6 million. Coming in second was the hit horror flick Annabelle: Creation, followed by director Steven Soderbergh’s latest cinematic effort Logan Lucky. Below is this weekend’s top 10:
1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard – It makes $21.6 million and considering its budget is $29 million million, this movie should make a decent profit.
2.Annabelle: Creation – $15.5 million
3. Logan Lucky – The latest Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) collaboration makes $8 million.
4. Dunkirk – WWII flick makes $6.7 million and to date has amassed over $165 million in domestic ticket sales.
5. The Nutjob 2: Nutty By Nature – $5.1 million
6. The Emoji Movie – $4.3 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming – One of this year’s most successful films collects $4.2 million.
8. Girls Trip – $3.8 million
9. The Dark Tower – $3.7 million
10. Wind River – Action thriller starring Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olsen makes $3 million.