The early verdict on Deadpool 2, which arrives in New Zealand cinemas today, is about as simple to piece together as the straightforward plot of the Fox film itself:
Did you like the first Deadpool? Then you’re likely to warm up to this superhero sequel. What the follow-up can’t possibly provide in freshness this time around, the consensus says, the new film makes up for by trying a bit more tenderness.
Beyond that, the recipe’s nearly the same for the merrily sophomoric sophomore outing: The Merc With a Mouth (Ryan Reynolds) snarks his way through pierced fourth-walls and slices his way through katana-pierced baddies by the score.
And the numbers for the first wave of reviews bear out the similarities between the films: The sequel is doing slightly better on Metacritic.com (average score: 68) than the first film did (65), and the follow-up is running nearly dead-even on Rotten Tomatoes (84 per cent “fresh”), compared with the original (83).