'Lovesick' cabbie Dopinder goes mainstream with 'Deadpool 2'

Joann Johnston
May 15, 2018

Ryan Reynolds spent more than a decade trying to make "Deadpool".

"Well, there is talk about a X-Force film which isn't really a Deadpool film - but it's sort of a group effort".

Put it this way, I don't actually read comic books but I love numerous film adaptations (especially Deadpool which was one of my favorite movies of 2016), but after this movie all I knew about Domino (Zazie Beetz) is that her ability is massively heightened luck.

"Deadpool 2" premieres in theatres on May 18. So a lot was riding on the sequel, and Reynolds and co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick made sure to keep the tone of it as close to the original as possible. If you're a fan of X-Men-universe comics, it's great to see these characters on the big screen doing what they do best.

Goddard now has both hands on deck for Bad Times at the El Royale, leaving X-Force without a production start date. The humor in the film matches his pace and attitude, which makes the moments when Deadpool 2 reaches for genuine emotion all the more ridiculous and unbelievable. Yeah, he was fun that first time out. You see? Deadpool wasn't lying when he told us a few minutes ago that this filthy-minded picture was "a family film"! Hired guns - as they do - interrupt the festivities and when the dust has settled, the love of his life is dead. Deadpool proceeds to also shoot him in the head. Best of all, he is the flawless straight-man foil to Deadpool's nonsense. Wade decides to help Russell, who becomes a target for the time-traveling mutant Cable (Josh Brolin).

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After Brolin brought us a compelling Thanos in Infinity War, his Cable is rather flat and uninspiring - especially considering the stakes. This geek doesn't have any more fighting skills than the guy in front of you at the movie digging his paws into a bucket of popcorn the size of a compact auto.

There are others, among them the welcome return of Blind Al (Leslie Uggams), Deadpool's tetchy neighbor, and the cabbie Dopinder (Karan Soni), yearning for adventure.

Directed by David Leitch, the action is pretty run-of-the-mill. Deadpool managed to carve out a truly unique space within the genre and Deadpool 2 not only feels like going home in that same way, but it carves out an even more sizable chunk of real estate in regards to its uniqueness. That being said, any further film, be it a team-up or standalone, will hinge heavily on the box office numbers for Deadpool 2.

It's not a total wash, though. Cable is a very formidable opponent, and the X-Men are done with Wade Wilson's violent shenanigans so he has to recruit a new team, called, derivatively enough, "X-Force", consisting of characters like Bedlam, Shatterstar, Peter, and Domino (Zazie Beetz). Ditto an opening credits sequence that is accompanied by Celine Dion's Ashes and riffs on the Bond films.

It's also worth mentioning that there was no post-credits scene in the screening I attended.

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