Vancouver-filmed Deadpool 2 opens Thursday: What are the critics saying?

The first Deadpool film may be one of the most Vancouver-y Hollywood blockbusters ever made. In addition to starring Vancouver-born A-lister Ryan Reynolds, the film also made great use of the city of Vancouver itself, setting one of its major scenes on the Georgia Viaduct in perhaps the best use of that overpass ever seen outside of a Canucks game night.

Deadpool 2 will hit theatres this week, and like its predecessor, the sequel boasts a high dose of Vancouver content, Reynolds returning to carry the film and the city of Vancouver once again playing a major supporting role.

Heck, in the movie’s trailer, you see Vancouver before you even see Reynolds. That is, unmistakably, a Gastown alley the taxi driver is idling in when Deadpool enters his cab through the (closed) back window.

Downtown Vancouver is all over the trailer. Why, here’s Deadpool riding a motorcycle towards Hornby Street.

And here’s Terry Crews punching a guy on Hornby Street.

And here’s Cable, the villain played by Josh Brolin, jumping over a truck at Hastings and Burrard.

Here’s Deadpool, about to be hit by a truck in front of Black Goat Cashmere on West Georgia Street.

In short, locals looking to see their city showcased once again are likely going to be very happy with Deadpool 2, which could probably be subtitled Chaos in Downtown Vancouver. But what about those who don’t want their city to be sullied by another mediocre film sequel, à la, say, Fifty Shades Darker? And how about the Marvel fans who don’t care where it was filmed — they just want to see a good superhero movie?

What are the critics saying?

Mostly good things so far. Deadpool 2 boasts an early 86 per cent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and most of the top critics are gushing.

“It’s funnier, more dramatic and emotional, has a better story, and has a killer supporting cast who all work tirelessly to make Deadpool 2 feel as fresh and surprising as the original,” said Mark Hughes of Forbes.

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic praised the film’s direction and script. “The direction by David Leitch is brisk and fluid,” he wrote, “and the script, which Reynolds co-wrote with Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick is, as noted, a substantial upgrade on that earlier effort.”

And Matt Zoller Seitz of praised the film’s comedy, saying, “the result feels a bit like a lavishly produced, superhero-

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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