Friday, 18 May 2018

Deadpool 2 (2018)

[** stars / *****] 

A man lands his crotch on another man's face. Four parachuting heroes meet gruesome deaths. A man grabs another superhero's steel butt. Arms are ripped off, a body is torn to half, bullet holes, beheadings, explosions and every other bloody mess.   

Full of adult humor, numerous movie & pop culture references (you could miss many), bloody slashing violence, irreverent monologuing and superficial comic book plot, Deadpool 2 is mature audience fun while it lasts, a potato wafer-thin plot and without any takeaways. 

There is some pump when a wife dies and a superhero blows himself to bits, but the rest of it is at best bumpy and uneven. 

All things CGI are thrown at us, there is merciless brutal humor, and somehow Deadpool 2  stays afloat despite all the smash, nonsense, and sexual references. 

Deadpool 2 is still strictly for a diehard Marvel movie franchise fan. That soap bubble comic book plots don't make great cinema is proved right again. 

Not that the filmmakers are attempting to make a classic here. Marvel has gone for light entertainment and profited, art be damned! They are still counting up the Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther collections.    

For an adult superhero action comedy movie, Deadpool 2 has some great laughs, thanks to the performances of Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool/Wade Wilson), Josh Brolin (Cable), Zazie Beetz (Domino), T.J.Miller (Jack Hammer/Weasel) and Karan Soni (Dopinder!). 

The "film laughing at itself" tone also props up the movie. When the plot winks at itself too many times, it does get tiresome though.  

You may also see why we may not want to watch comic book movies all the time. For me, watching Deadpool 2 was like eating popcorn. You just like that familiar crunchiness and think no more. 

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