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Dick Jokes, Humorous Deaths, Lots of Luck, and Cable: A Deadpool 2 Movie Review (No Spoilers)

There’s a surprising amount of controversy over whether or not Deadpool 2 is worth seeing.  I really liked watching the first one in theaters.  Deadpool as a movie wasn’t without its flaws, but it was a whole lot of fun.  Deadpool 2 is more of the same, plus some actually fun and engaging characters.

If you’ve seen the first one, then you know what you’re getting into with this one.  It has the R rating for a reason.  If you’re not familiar with Deadpool, he’s sort of a cross between Johnny Knoxville and Wolverine.  So lots of dick jokes combined with super-human regeneration.  You might be able to see where some of this is going.

Deadpool 2 brings to the stage X-Force, Deadpool’s version of the X-Men.  They’re like the X-Men in every way, except they kill people for fun and profit.  So not really much like the X Men from the movies, I guess.

The movie has a ton of jokes, easter-eggs, and breaking the fourth wall moments.  What makes the whole thing work and stop from becoming it’s own punch line is that they have a couple of characters playing things straight.  God only knows how, at times, but they manage.  Domino and Cable in particular really stole the show.

The movie isn’t without its flaws.  At times, Ryan Reynolds goes a bit too far chasing a joke.  As my wife said, they don’t just beat the dead horse, they beat the dead horse with another dead horse.  The story has some… interesting issues with time travel and the kid actor is channeling a bit too much Rebel Wilson (Like, seriously, you could have swapped their characters from Pitch Perfect and this and no one would have noticed).  He does a good enough job, but he could have toned it down just a little.

There’s been some internet curfuffle about “ERMAGERD LESBIANS.”  Frankly, it’s far less than I’ve seen in PG-13 movies, so I don’t really give a damn.  The two characters in question didn’t really add much to the movie, you pretty much could have had the entire movie without them, but they put the one in because she was good in the last movie.  I wish they’d given her a bit more screen time or done something more with her, at least.

For the good: Cable and Domino really stole the show.  I mean, seriously.  I want a Cable movie.  Hell, I want a Domino movie!  The actress was spot on, her ability is awesome, and it would be hilarious to have her do her thing with Deadpool occasionally crashing the party.  Cable, same thing, he’s a bad-ass with no-sense of humor and a tragic backstory.  What’s not to like?

All in all, I really enjoyed the movie.  I could have done without as much naked Ryan Reynolds and a few less jokes being rode into the ground, but those issues were balanced by the general humor and the great acting.  Go see it yourself.  Plus, stick around for the mid-credits scene.

Movie Review: Deadpool

Deadpool: A Valentine's Day movie in the style of Roman Lupercalia
Deadpool: A Valentine’s Day movie in the style of Roman Lupercalia

In ancient times, the Romans celebrated Lupercalia, a fertility celebration with some vague ties to Valentines Day.  Lupercalia involved blood sacrifice, lots of nudity, and a little bit of violence.   In that fashion, Deadpool is the perfect movie to celebrate that holiday.

I thought that writing a review about the new Deadpool movie would be easy, but it’s more difficult than I thought.  My first comment would have to be: Do not take your kids to this movie.  I don’t care how progressive a parent you are… just don’t.  At my showing, there were over a dozen families in the audience… and at least a few of them headed for the doors not long into the movie.  Your kids don’t need to be exposed to this stuff, and unless you’re ready to explain some rather esoteric humor, you’ll probably be glad you left them at home.

That disclaimer aside, it’s a complicated movie.

On the one hand, it is outrageously vulgar and violent…. while being accurate in too many ways to fully describe.  The violence is at once cartoonish and yet the wounds, the manner of death, is particularly accurate.  The profanity and vulgarity are both over the top and yet utterly fitting.

On the other hand, the movie is absolutely hilarious.  I haven’t laughed so much in any movie I can recently remember.  The humor is dark, sarcastic, and often inappropriate… but it works wonderfully.

It’s a complex movie, filled with slapstick and it takes time to point at itself and laugh.  From the opening credits to the final end-scene, there isn’t any waste.  Everything in the movie is designed to be funny and entertaining.  It is fantastically done.

This isn’t a movie for the faint of heart.  There’s enough realistically depicted violence, sexual content, and horrible things to offend just about anyone.  That said, if you go into it with the right mindset, you’ll probably walk out with a smile on your face.  It points and laughs at itself, it points and laughs at the audience for watching, but the movie has the balls to pull it off, great marketing, and you can tell they really enjoyed making the movie.

Stick around after the credits (assuming you’re not one of the families I saw in the theater, who generally fled as soon as the credits rolled).  Pay attention throughout the movie, there’s plenty of humor to be found.  I’m excited they’re making a sequel, I’m looking forward to seeing that, hopefully with a bit bigger a budget.

As a side note, literally not one of the movies they showed trailers for looked remotely appealing.  Yes, that includes the upcoming Batman vs Superman  movie.  Don’t even get me started about The Purge…

Next movie I see will probably be Captain America: Civil War.