Rated: R
Release Date: 05/18/2018
Production Company: 20th Century Fox

Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand and
Jack Kesy.

Director: David Leitch. Producers: Ryan Reynolds, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. Executive Producers: Stan Lee, Jonathan Komack Martin, Kelly McCormick, Rhett Reese, Ethan Smith, Aditya Sood and Paul Wernick. Screenwriters: Ryan Reynolds, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Bob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Cinematographer: Jonathan Sela.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Most everything that made the 2016 original “Deadpool” movie such a blockbuster hit is on display again in “Deadpool 2,” the highly anticipated sequel from director David Leitch (“Atomic Blonde” and “John Wick”).

“Deadpool 2” is bigger, brasher, darker and surprisingly more fun than the original.

Ryan Reynolds, who serves as co-producer and writer, is deliriously entertaining as the foul-mouthed, mutant mercenary Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool.

In addition to the film’s over the top violence, lies a poignant story of love and loss.

Wade is feeling downright suicidal ever since his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin, TV’s “Gotham”) was gunned down by a group of thugs while at home.

How can he possibly go on without her and is there any real reason for him to?

Turns out there is.

Wade soon finds himself trying to protect a teen named Russell (New Zealander Julian Dennison, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”) who has been abused at an orphanage run by a headmaster (Eddie Marsan, “7 Days in Entebbe”) who uses torture tactics to keep his mutants in check.

However, Russell is no pushover. He has some special powers of his own, hence the nickname, Firefist.

Russell has certainly captured the attention of a future, time traveling cyborg soldier named Cable (“Avengers: Infinity War” star Josh Brolin in another super performance).

Cable knows he must get to Russell before he kills his family. For Cable, capturing Russell is as daunting a task as Thanos finding those coveted Infinity Stones.

Fortunately, Wade has taken to the kid and vows to protect him at all costs. So, with the help of his bartender buddy Weasel (T.J. Miller, “Ready Player One”) they interview a group of potential X-Force candidates who have some great names like Bedlam (Terry Crews, TV’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).

Shatterstar (Lewis Tan, TV’s “Into the Badlands”), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgard, “It”), and a regular old accountant looking guy named Peter (Rob Delaney, TV’s “Catastrophe”) who doesn’t look as if he’s done anything remotely dangerous in his life. But wouldn’t you know, he’s strongest of the guys.
Still, he doesn’t hold a candle to Domino, (Zazie Beetz, TV’s “Atlanta”) who brings her afro-centric attitude to the mix along with a special set of fighting skills.

What really makes “Deadpool 2” such a blast is Reynolds and co-screenwriters Rhett Reese (G.I. Joe: Retaliation”) and Paul Wernick (“Zombieland”) ramp up the racy dialogue with numerous, hilarious pop culture references which take jabs at Wolverine, Barbra Streisand, “The Goonies,” Beyoncé and Thanos from “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Even Leslie Uggams as Blind Al shines during her brief scenes with Reynolds.

There are also a few major cameo appearances to look out for along with some special scenes after the end credits.

“Deadpool 2” is a super, superhero movie and an exciting kick off to the summer movie season.

Editor's Note: Be sure to catch my movie talk segment on the Kitty O'Neal Show Fridays at 6:40 p.m. on radio station KFBK 1530 AM and 93.1 FM.

Take A Peek At This Trailer For "DEADPOOL 2"


Brian's Song Title: Brian's Song
Year Released: 1971
Running Time: 90
Production Company: Screen Gems (Sony)
Director: Buzz Kulik
Director of Photography: Joseph F. Biroc
Screenwriter: Gale Sayers, Al Silverman and William Blinn
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: This Review Reprinted In Honor Of Movie Critic Bill Gibron--May 14, 1961--May 11, 2018. Pictured Top Left.

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