Ryan Reynolds is back! So’s Morena Baccarin, but she’s unceremoniously killed before the credits because the writers are too incompetent to figure out what to do with her. Despite this spectacular misstep, the movie is a great romp, with great performances from Reynolds, Zazie Beetz as Domino, and especially Josh Brolin, who makes me actually give a fuck about Cable for the first time, well, ever. Plus, X-Force is formed and killed in the space of about 15 minutes, which is awesome as X-Force always kinda sucked. The great superhero movie rewatch has some chimichangas with Deadpool 2.
What’s especially frustrating is that the movie does a wonderful job satirizing another tired trope, which is that all the super-powered people in comics (and in movies that adapt comics) are skinny. Firefist is a chubby specimen, and the only time you ever see a fat person in a comic book, they’re either not powered, or their powers are very specifically related to their obesity. Firefist is a breath of fresh air, and I love the fact that he’s discriminated against as a fat kid is part of what turns him evil. Julian Dennison absolutely nails the role, making the character’s anger and frustration (and, it must be said, immature idiocy) convincing and real.