First reviews for Ryan Reynolds’ superhero sequel, Deadpool 2, suggest that the film will please fans of the original with its unique mix of action, violence and humour. And its Rotten Tomatoes score is higher than the first film’s.
The embargo on Deadpool 2 reviews was lifted late Monday, which means that the superhero sequel’s rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes has been revealed. As of Tuesday, with over 60 reviews counted, the film’s score stands at a ‘fresh’ 84%, which is higher than the first film’s 83% score.
The site’s consensus read: “Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds’ undeniable charm.”
Deadpool 2’s score is exactly the same as that of Avengers: Infinity War, turn of events even the self referential superhero couldn’t have predicted. In the trailers for the film, he pokes fun at Infinity War, particularly its villain, played by Josh Brolin, who also stars in Deadpool 2 as Cable.
“Despite a tendency toward elephantitis in story and scope, not to mention blatant franchise pandering, Deadpool 2 still plays like the runt of the comic-book litter. We mean that as a compliment,” wrote Peter Travers in his review for Rolling Stone, while the Los Angeles Times’ Jen Yamato was less enthusiastic in her review. “The film’s impulse to profess a knowing, snarky superiority can become painfully awkward,” she wrote.
Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, also stars Zazie Beetz, TJ Miller and Karan Soni. The film will introduce the X-Force for the first time ever, with a proper X-Force movie being teased by Reynolds in favour of Deadpool 3.
The film is scheduled for release on May 18.