More is always less with Deadpool.
"Deadpool 2" is as gruesome and violent as the first, but perhaps the biggest victim is the very concept of superhero movies.
On the surface, "Deadpool 2" follows the antihero's crime-fighting antics.
The bromance between metallic mutant Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and the "Merc with a Mouth" is alive and well in the sequel, complete with tinny tush grabs and a spot-on Say Anything. boombox parody.
With the success of Black Panther and Infinity War following, I was concerned that Deadpool 2 could not live up to the high bar audiences have been coming to expect.
It catches up with Wade Wilson, Mr Pool to the rest of us, a few years after the events of the first movie. She's messing with him, and he doesn't get it at all, which is the inevitable case for most adults who attempt to level with their younger counterparts while forgetting how it felt to be a teen.
Is there a Deadpool 3 being planned?
But Russell is hot property - a time travelling cyborg as unstoppable as Deadpool's ability to conjure pop-culture references is hot on his trail.
I believe that many Marvel movies could have been far more successful if they didn't refrain from gory scenes.
The movie feels like a drag in a few places but Leitch successfully brings you back on the bandwagon nearly faster than you'd expect.
Reynolds's endless supply of chisel-jawed charisma atones for some sins and Josh Brolin is a worthy addition to the cast as a time-travelling assassin with a heart-breaking personal vendetta.
Like a caffeine-fueled teenager, "Deadpool 2" seems to fear any type of silence or slow pacing.
Introducing the gender-neutral, non-sexist X-Force. When a performer becomes the definitive portrayer of a comic-book character, even fickle fans and recast-happy Hollywood tend to respect this fortunate fusion.
And like the comedy - which doesn't pull punches, a commitment to the cause that I admire - another significant improvement comes in the form of the action.
The "Mr. Lively" joke came as a good-natured dig from the stars of Book Club, the movie featuring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen, that is opening on Friday alongside Deadpool 2. And while the actor "definitely had a direction" for the sequel, according to director David Leitch, bringing it to the screen was a team effort. Not because of the performance as much as just the smartness of the idea of a lucky superhero.
Also, the film has one of the funniest post credits scenes in superhero movies, so be sure to stick around untill the very end.