2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)

Another letdown of a sequel.

Having enjoyed the first Deadpool, I was hoping that the second installment would at least be fairly close to as good as that one (FYI I give it 4/5). With the same writing team and actors it couldn’t be far off – could it? Yes, apparently it could.

One of the great triumphs of the first film was the gag hit-rate meter. As far as my sense of humor goes, it averaged around a 60% success rate – considerably higher than most modern films. In Deadpool 2 it went right down to maybe 15%, which is pretty standard. There are amusing parts here and there, but the laugh-out-loud moments are few and far between.

The story was a bit all over the place, although I did appreciate that it follows on logically from the last one. There are some sweet and touching moments, but they lose their zing somewhat when sandwiched up against the less compelling and unfunny ones.

Something that did survive unscathed was the soundtrack – the unlikely combination of a cheesy power ballad being blasted over the top of a superhero film just plain works!

To be accurate it would be more like a 2.7/5 but i’m rounding it down. It’s enjoyable enough if you aren’t expecting it to be on the same level as the original.

Deadpool 2 premieres in Sweden on 16 May.

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