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THIS WEEK: Marvel’s most popular potty-mouthed mercenary makes an R-rated (the “R” for raunchy and really, really violent Ryan Reynolds) sequel. The super-healing wiseass teams up with X-Men’s Colossus (Stefan Kapicic), cabbie Dopinder (Karan Soni) and the new X-Force (Zazie Beetz, Terry Crews, Bill Skarsgard, Lewis Tan and Rob Delaney) to try to stop future-soldier Cable (Josh Brolin) from taking out a troubled teen mutant (Julian Dennison) to save the future.
Written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds. Directed by David (ATOMIC BLONDE, JOHN WICK) Leitch.
(Based on characters created by Fabian Nicieza, Rob Liefeld, Ed McGuinness, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum.)
WARNING: TRAILER CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.
- Lots (and lots) of laughs like the first DEADPOOL. The opening gag referencing a famous dead X-Man is LOL-humorous, as are several more. There’s even more comic-book/superhero/Marvel/pop culture references and jokes than before. Plus the usual DP wisecracks you’re used to. And without the torturous torture scene of the first.
- Action and action aplenty. Shoot-outs, fights, stunts, chases, explosions, effects and much more.
- The past cast (T.J. Miller as Weasel, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Monica Baccarin as Vanessa) are back and good. Brolin is spot-on for Cable (even though I know next-to-nothin’ about the comic character). Reasons for his ruthlessness are given right away. Other standouts are Beetz as Domino (and her smush-em-together-in-leather cleavage!) and the always-awesome Crews (EXPENDABLES) as Bedlam (though he doesn’t get nearly enough screen time).
- Return of Brianna Hildebrand’s angst-angry lesbian X-person Negasonic Teenage Warhead (still a dumb name, unless you’re a fan of the band Monster Magnet) and her adorable Asian Shioli Kutsuna as pink-haired Yukio. Though they only use their powers once, the dialog with Deadpool (and the running gag with him and Yukio) are worth it.
- Surprise guest bad-guy from early X-Men history. No spoilers, but he looks just like the original.
- Special effects for Deadpool are the best—though he doesn’t literally get put thru a meat grinder, his body undergoes just-as-nasty punishments, with both horrifying and hilarious results. The rest of the CG is fine and serves the story.
- As DP says at the beginning, this really a family film—about family, as dysfunctional and screwed-up as one can be, but still family. A decent story with lots of heart underneath the gore and guts.
- Con Man and Serenity star Alan Tudyk and Jason Bourne’s Matt Damon make quick cameos as a pair of rednecks when Cable shows up. And Brad Pitt makes and even quicker one as a team member!
- If you weren’t aware of the similarity between YENTL’s “Papa can you hear me?” and FROZEN’s “Do you wanna build a snowman?” before, you will now. Streisand’s fans (and lawyers) may be singing, “Do you wanna bring a lawsuit?”
- The true bad guy gets his…the right way.
- Clearly the filmmakers and actors had a lot of fun making this, and it comes through.
- Two buttons during the credits—one of the funniest yet (referencing another Reynolds film)–made the audience howl. Kudos for the funny little-kid-drawing main titles at the end as well.
- See “Pros” because the same things that will make some fans smile will also annoy others: the constant wisecracks, cursing, self-aware “meta” gags, pop culture nods and sex jokes, inappropriately funny lines and music during dramatic/emotional scenes, and so on. If you didn’t dig that kind of stuff in the first DEADPOOL, you won’t like it any more here. (Example: during the most climactic, super-slo-mo scene, we get blasted with a Broadway show tune.)
- A beloved character is killed before the opening titles. (Thankfully, the titles reflect that…something like “Produced by WTF Just Happened?”) And there are several more later on.
- SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF DEPT: Most of the film. Check your logic at the door.
- WTF/LAZY SCRIPT DEPARTMENT: Actually addressed by the lead character twice!
- While filming one of the motorcycle stunts, 32-year-old stuntperson S.J. Harris died. No one should ever die making a movie—any movie. (The film was dedicated to her memory.)
- The CG on Cyclops still isn’t up to Marvel-quality like The Hulk or Thanos. There a lot of closeups with dialog and his facial movements are very mechanical. Maybe they did it on purpose because he’s metallic, but he’s not a robot; he should talk and move like any other person. Seems more like a budgetary matter.
- My Bullets-To-Boobs RatioTM wasn’t even close to being met. Unlike the first flick, there’s *zero* nudity (other than a villain’s hairy butt-crack and a baby penis, neither of which I wanna even think about), while there’s a ton of blood-and-guts (mostly Deadpool’s).
- Clueless white-trash parents who bring a four-year old to a movie packed with f-bombs, d-jokes and sex slang. Reason one why pot should not be legal.
- No cameo by Stan (other than a split-second shot with his painted image on a background wall) and no scene after the end credits (other than a funny music line). Missed a good opportunity to setup or hype or poke fun at the upcoming X-FORCE flick.
Definitely funnier than BLACK PANTHER and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR combined. Can’t top the first one for the sheer novelty of the approach, but it’s overall lighter and therefore easier to watch more than once, which you’ll have to to pick up on all the references and gags. If you ain’t a fan of the first, DEADPOOL 2 won’t bring you around, but if you laughed the last time, you’ll get more guffaws here. Treat yourself to the film and find a gag reel online. Despite what happens to X-Force, I’d see their flick in a sec as long as DP’s in it…hell, I’d even see a Broadway musical if Deadpool were in it!
P.S.: Another way to laugh is to get that monkey Pascale to draw somethin’ funny or fantastic for ya. He can pencil or ink anything you desire as long as it’s PG-13. Just ask Craig here!
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