Deadpool 2 (2018)

Every bit as aggressively irreverent and wildly entertaining as its predecessor, “Deadpool 2” is a perfect superhero sequel. It takes all the elements that worked the first time around – from a surprisingly layered screenplay filled with a veritable assault of one-liners to extraordinary action sequences, among many others – and manages to successfully replicate them here without being reductive, repetitive or predictable. In addition, it introduces wonderful new characters and gives them plenty to do, while there’s a parade of celebrity cameos and appearances that enhance how much fun the whole movie is. But really, none of it would matter were it not for Ryan Reynolds: He’s a veritable supernova of charisma and likability, and his obvious, infectious enthusiasm for the role is palpable in every scene. Watch for some post-credits sequences that are laugh-out-loud funny.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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