The aforementioned story is all but secondary to the general tone, but the gist of it involves mercenary Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool, trying to protect a vulnerable young mutant (Julian Dennison) who initially looks up to him. The boy is being pursued by Cable (Josh Brolin), a super-soldier who has traveled back from the future to the present day, for reasons that will become clear.
Brolin pulled doubled duty in films based on comic books this Summer movie season. He portrayed the bad guy in the latest “Avengers” movie, which is the sort of tidbit that — for “Deadpool 2’s” writers — was too juicy to ignore
Reynolds is very good at straddling the occasionally serious demands of a role defined by its mostly relentless tomfoolery, designed to play up Deadpool’s status as the class clown of Marvel in general, and specifically, the corner of its cinematic stable occupied by the X-Men, which Fox controls.
That said, there are some conspicuous benefits of the original’s success sprinkled throughout the movie, starting with a beefed-up supporting cast that includes Brolin and Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”), an especially strong addition as Deadpool’s new ally, Domino, which augments the fun.
“Deadpool 2” makes a point of not taking itself too seriously, which can be harder than it looks. And if that works somewhat fitfully, the sequel delivers consistently enough to keep this colorful mercenary laughing all the way to the bank.
“Deadpool 2” opens May 18 in the U.S. It’s rated R.