In the original movie, Deadpool was obnoxious, crueler and more mentally ill than arch, but “Deadpool 2” smooths out some of his rough edges. Director David Leitch introduces a lighter tone, and the story completes the effect. This time Deadpool is an underdog, fighting a force greater than himself, in order to protect someone who maybe deserves it and maybe doesn’t. It’ll be interesting to see how the admirers of the first movie react to this switch.
Despite the fast pace, there are stretches in the movie’s hour that drag in terms of interest. But “Deadpool 2” gets better as it goes along. It introduces a winning new character, Domino (Zazie Beetz), whose superpower is being lucky, thus making a virtue out of any unlikely good thing that might happen to her. Best of all, there’s the parachuting sequence, in which Deadpool takes his new superhero team out on a test run — with hilarious results.
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin. Directed by David Leitch.
Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material. Check listings for theaters. 1 hour, 59 minutes.
Bottom line: Less violent and funnier than the original