Saturday, May 19, 2018

Deadpool 2 is over-the-top with surprising depth

Movie Title:       Deadpool 2

Grade:   B+

Rating: R, 119 minutes

In a Nutshell:   Marvel is on a roll.  The X-Force team assembles under the guidance of the most disrespectful, irreverent superhero ever, Deadpool, played expertly by Ryan Reynolds.

As Ryan Reynolds says in the movie, “The Academy’s watching.”  The sequel is definitely it better than the first?  Umm....probably not.  Did it make me laugh?  Definitely.  


Tips for parents: 
  • Deadpool says in the beginning, “Believe it or not, Deadpool 2 is a family movie.”  Nope.  Not true.  This is a true rated R movie.  If you set filters on VidAngel to delete profanity, violence and gore, this would be a 20 minute movie. 
  • Crude language and TONS of F-bombs.  I hate it when kids swear especially, which Julian Dennison does as Russell.
  • Scoutmaster pervert joke.  Ouch.  I have 4 sons.
  • Lots of severed limbs and brutal, gory deaths.
  • Lesbians
  • You see a bottomless little kid’s junk full Winnie the Pooh style and a man’s naked rear end.
  • Super high body count, destruction, violence, crude gestures.
  • Guns.
  • Some fun music, but other songs with very crude lyrics.

Uplifting theme: 
  • “We all need that sense of belonging.  We all need a genuine sense of home.” – Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds)
  • “Kids – they give us a chance to be better than we are…better than we use to be.” – Vanessa (the beautiful Morena Baccarin)  
  • Family
  • Sacrifice for others
  • “Pain teaches us who we are.” – Blind Al (Leslie Uggams)
  • “No child is hopeless.” - Blind Al

Things I liked:
  • The trailer was hilarious. I loved the crack about Superman’s mustache in the trailer, referring to when DC had to use CGI to remove Henry Cavill's mustache in the movie Justice League.   
  • I got a kick out of the opening credits.  Most of the time, we just ignore them, but read them this time!
  • This is the year of Josh Brolin as the evil villain.  He voices a fantastic Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War
  • Great action sequences.  As Deadpool says, “Big CGI fight coming up.”  Yep, LOTS of them.
  • Tons of fun jokes and visual gags, all lightning fast.  You’ll have to see the movie again in order to catch everything.
  • We learn a lot more about Wade Wilson, making his character development more deep and grounded.
  • You’re going to get a kick out of some new twists.
  • Keep watching after the credits for a couple more fun scenes, but there’s nothing at the very, very end of the music.
  • The Logan music box in the very beginning scene got the audience I sat with to immediately start laughing.  There is a running gag about Logan during the entire movie.  So funny.  For example, both films played the same music during the death scenes.  Ha ha
  • Tony Robbins.  Love that guy.
  • Wade and his girlfriend watch the movie Yentl  I always loved that movie and the music.  Deadpool points out that the song, “Papa, can you hear me?” is the same tune as Frozen’s “Do you want to build a snowman?” I never noticed that!
  • X-Men – trainee!  Ha ha
  • I like Dub Step too.  Ha ha
  • Several Canadian jokes.  A lot of locations in Vancouver were actually used in the movie. 
  • At the end of the movie, it says that 15,000 jobs were created to make the movie.  The stunt work was amazing.  Sadly a stunt woman, Joi Harris, died while filming one of the stunts on a motorcycle. Production stopped for two days.
  • Tons of fun Easter eggs.  For example, Deadpool refers to Cable, played by Josh Brolin, as "One Eyed Willy", which was a character in the 1985 movie The Goonies which starred Josh Brolin.
  • Tons of movie, song, and pop culture references.  One of the movie posters shows Deadpool in a Flashdance pose on a chair with bullets raining down on him.  He definitely takes a beating in this film.

Things I didn’t like:
  • This is the first Marvel film to NOT give Stan Lee a cameo performance!  Drats!  I always look forward to those little moments.  Instead, you can see him in a quick picture montage.  Definitely not as good.
  • Sometimes trailers are deceiving.  In an earlier trailer for DEADPOOL 2, Deadpool says, "Pump the hate brakes, Thanos," referencing Josh Brolin's role as Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, but in the actual movie, he's talking to two lesbians and he says, "Pump the hate brakes, Fox and Friends."
  • I don't read the comic books, but Domino's character and alliances are much different there than in this movie, as well as her color and eye circle.  It certainly didn't bother me, but some fans might be annoyed.  Zazie Beetz did a fantastic job.
  • SPOILER:  Have you seen The Terminator?  Yeah, that's this plot.

Funny lines:
  • “Forgive me for being late.  I was busy gathering all the gluten in the world so it can not NOT hurt us.” – Deadpool
  • “That is why the man bun is just the Millennial mullet.” – Deadpool
  • “So dark.  Are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?” – Deadpool
  • “Mission accomplished?” – Dopinder (Karan Soni)
“Well, in a George W. sort of way.” – Deadpool
  • “Every family film starts with a vicious murder…Bambi. Lion King. Saw 7.” – Deadpool
  • “It’s time to get back on LinkedIn.” – Weasel (T.J. Miller)
  • Vanisher….ha ha  IMDB shows his face listed as Brad Pitt!  The studio actually wanted Brad Pitt to play Cable, but he had to decline that role due to scheduling conflicts.
  • “Never underestimate a man with a mustache.” – Deadpool
  • “I have no idea what’s happening.” –  Blind Al
“It’s probably best.” - Deadpool

Interesting lines:
  • “Family was always an F word for me.” - Deadpool
  • “You are not your father.” – Vanessa
  • “I fight for what’s right.” – Deadpool


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