Deadpool 2 movie review: Ryan Reynolds brings home another victor

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

Since we left Wade/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), the avocado-faced super-anti-hero spends his days dispatching global criminals and his nights snuggling tight with his beloved Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Deadpool always works well in a kind of "down and dirty" context.

Superhero sequels are always more of the same, and "Deadpool 2" continues the practice smoothly, transitioning into something more gory, bizarre, offbeat and even obscenely amusing than the original, which opened in 2016 to quite justified acclaim and stratospheric profits.

On the surface, "Deadpool 2" follows the antihero's crime-fighting antics. The Merc with the Mouth recently did just that and made an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, interrupting the host's opening monologue. To save the boy, Deadpool has to find a way to stop the seemingly unstoppable Cable.

Proud Blake, 30, rocked up to the premier of the new movie looking as glamourous and preened as usual, but a closer look at her outfit reveals a few nods to husband Ryan's character. Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) wants to cure Deadpool of killing people and make him an X-Man trainee.

"The power of just asking", Reynolds told ET's Carly Steel at the movie's premiere of how he convinced Pitt to make the cameo.

They wind up side by side in a Supermax prison where a Terminator-like soldier from the future, Cable (Josh Brolin), arrives to eliminate Firefist before he reaches his destiny as a supervillain. It launches an indictment of pop culture and its addicted fans.

Like a caffeine-fueled teenager, "Deadpool 2" seems to fear any type of silence or slow pacing. As you are assaulted by a barrage of words - unrelenting, unstoppable, even in the most serious of scenes - your brain sedates itself, and begins to filter out only the most familiar ones.

Introducing the gender-neutral, non-sexist X-Force. While the film tries to imbue Deadpool and much of his supporting cast with some gravitas, it's hard to take anything here too seriously given the generally goofy tone of the movie - it's akin to trying to give Bugs Bunny an emotional arc in a vintage Looney Tunes short.

And like the comedy - which doesn't pull punches, a commitment to the cause that I admire - another significant improvement comes in the form of the action. "If you had told me back then that one movie would have spawned an expansive two-movie universe, I'd have said you were insane". It was directed by David Leitch from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Not because of the performance as much as just the smartness of the idea of a lucky superhero. It's a film that requires every moment of your undivided attention, right through to the inspired post-credits scene - and it thoroughly deserves it.