Deadpool 2
Director: David Leitch
20th Century Fox/Marvel Entertainment
Rating: 4/5 stars
Reviewed by HAZEL REID


Deadpool is back in town with a kiwi in his squad!

The internet’s favourite hero is back in town for another barrel of laughs and adventures. That’s right, Ryan Reynolds has pulled the mask back out for Deadpool’s much anticipated return to the big screen.

I joined a variety of other Marvel movie lovers in the cinemas earlier in the week as Deadpool 2 was released on the big screen. With my drinks and snacks (popcorn of course) in tow, I was ready to settle in for the two hour flick. The real question was what havoc was Wade Wilson going to cause this time?

After seeing the new Avengers movie last month, and seeing the audience cheering when kiwi teen Julian Dennison came on screen in the Deadpool 2 trailer, I was excited to see what his character Firefist bought to the table. (Spoiler alert: he’s freaking awesome!)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison took on the role of a ‘mutant’ young boy who’s struggling with finding himself and dealing with his powers. Firefist gives you a massive hit of the power he’s dealing with… yes, he has fire fists!

Reynolds and Dennison are joined in their mutant rogue squad by Cable (Josh Brolin), Domino (Zazie Beetz), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), the moody Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Dopinder (Karan Soni), Yukio (Shioli Kutsana) and the brains Weasel (T.J Miller). The only way to see this crew in action is on the big screen.

Julian told Newshub’s Kate Rodger that while filming the CGI scenes, it “felt stupid. I would make these sounds when I was doing it,” he said, but he had to trust that it would all look good in the end. Dennison explained that he had taken his mother to see it days before (even though Julian’s actually only 15 and it’s rated R16!), and she gave it the seal of approval, although his character’s ‘colourful language’ might have made it a little uncomfortable!

The soundtrack hits every beat (literally) as it’s obvious that every song was specifically chosen, and then utilised at the perfect time. Celine Dion’s new track Ashes, and Diplo & French Montana’s Welcome to the Party were my favourites. It was a real mixed bag with Cher, Dolly Parton, Skrillex and even A-HA’s Take on Me playing a part in the musical score.

It was notable that Reynolds humour did seem to drag on a bit long in points but as a whole, Deadpool 2 is definitely worth a watch and is an impressive sequel (a big part thanks to Julian Dennison I believe!).

Deadpool 2 is R16 and in cinemas now.


From tour managing boybands to working massive events and interviewing international talent, HAZEL REID is in love with the craziness that is the entertainment industry.