A Film and TV Review by Tim Riley

DEADPOOL 2 (Rated R) Ryan Reynolds’s sarcastic humor is on display again for the sequel “Deadpool 2,” in which his foulmouthed superhero Deadpool, wearing a threadbare costume that looks like a discard from Spider-Man’s closet, is pretty much up to his same old tricks.

    Though maybe not quite as original, this sequel to the popular “Deadpool,” where the titular character’s irreverence and disdain is for just about every cultural norm, is going to appeal to the same audience and for good reason.

Both the beginning and end credits are worth your attention.  Right from the start, the laughs are plentiful when the director is noted as “The Guy Who Killed the Dog in John Wick” and the cinematographer is “Blind Al” (Leslie Uggams, Deadpool’s sight-impaired roommate). Deadpool aka Wade Wilson, when imbibing at the tavern run by his pal Weasel (T.J. Miller), has an uncanny ability to be likable even though he’s terribly flawed and given to snarky commentary and one-liners guaranteed to frequently offend the wrong people.

His behavior explains why he’s at odds with the X-Men, most humorously with the returning characters of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), whose Asian girlfriend (Shioli Katsuna) love interest thinks Deadpool is cute. The basic story is somewhat immaterial but Deadpool gets involved in rescuing mutant teenager Russell (Julian Dennison), whose powers are uncontrollable, from the vicious Headmaster (Eddie Marsan) of a cruel mutant rehabilitation center.

Meanwhile, time-traveling soldier Cable (Josh Brolin), having lost his wife and family, arrives from the future to terminate Russell aka Firefist in a mission that recalls what Arnold Schwarzenegger was up to in “The Terminator.” Since he doesn’t fit in with X-Men, Deadpool puts together his own motley crew assembled from an open casting call.  Responding to an ad, Peter (Rob Delaney), a regular Joe with no mutant powers, joins with mutants like Bedlam (Terry Crews) and Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard).

 The most interesting recruit for what Deadpool dubs the X-Force is Domino (Zazie Beetz), a badass combatant dressed like a dominatrix who sells herself for having the unique power of “luck.”  She’s so good she could spinoff into her own comic book universe.  Unlike other superhero films, Deadpool likes to breach the fourth wall, sharing his profane musings with the viewers.  Also dissimilar to the genre is that “Deadpool 2” aims to be ridiculous by choice rather than coincidence.  The bottom line is that anyone who enjoyed the seriously R-rated comedy of the original is bound to enjoy the continuing misadventures in “Deadpool 2.”