Deadpool 2 ★★★½

Was pretty bored through the first DEADPOOL, which left me unprepared to enjoy this nearly as much as I did. (I would have passed it up, bar it being a free screening and being curious to see how Julian Dennison fares. On the latter point, pretty well.) It helps getting a real action director and a budget, to be fair, and having Josh Brolin as a counterweight gives it gravitas where it needs it and undercuts it elsewhere nicely. And "X-Force helicopter landing" is cruising for Skandies points. Mostly, though, it's something about the delicate balance of self-referential humour and potty humour and action and gratuitous violence coming together in just the right proportions, and where the first one stuffed up the recipe, this one mostly nails it.

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