DEADPOOL 2 — Review by Susan Granger

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Bottom line: this subversive sequel is long, loud – and very funny! The foul-mouthed, facially disfigured, yet indestructible anti-hero Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is still madly in love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) and they’re thinking of having a baby, when tragedy strikes. Vengeance is inevitable. Continue reading…

Dressed in form-fitting red-and-black spandex, Wade does battle with the villainous, time-traveling cyborg Cable (Josh Brolin), assembling his X-force crew, including Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), Weasel (TJ Miller), Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Dopinder (Karan Soni) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), adding sarcastic Domino (Zazie Beetz), a newcomer whose gift is being extremely lucky.

Plus, he’s determined to protect orphaned Russell (Julian Dennison), a troubled teenager who happens to be a fire-fisted mutant and views Wade as a surrogate father figure.

Wise-cracking Ryan Reynolds is the creative force behind Deadpool, including co-writing with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. He’s so delighted that the original is the second-highest-grossing R-rated film, behind “The Passion of the Christ”), that this factoid is used as one of the many in-jokes.

Director David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde,” “John Wick”) maintains the action comedy’s irreverent tone, stressing the “f-word,” which – this time – stands for family, along with dozens of pop culture-based references, including referring to Josh Brolin’s futuristic Cable as “Thanos,” mocking the role he plays in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Yes, there are lots of gruesome decapitations and severed limbs, along with self-aware star cameos, like Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), still alive in this timeline, and others that will surprise you – with Celine Dion’s “Ashes” serving as the theme song.

Plus, there’s a running joke that the song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from “Frozen” sounds exactly like “Papa, Can You Hear Me?” from “Yentl.” FYI: Barbra Streisand is Josh Brolin’s real-life stepmother.

On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Deadpool 2” is a smarmy, snarky 7 – with outrageous post-credit scenes – whether you’re a fan of superhero sagas or sick of them.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.