Deadpool 2 Keeps Franchise Alive

Spoiler Alert: We are talking serious plot points about Deadpool 2

These days it takes a Marvel movie to dethrone a Marvel movie.  And Deadpool 2 is money.  It made about 19 million dollars in Thursday night previews alone, and is expected to clear about 130 million for opening weekend.  That’s what it takes to knock Avengers: Infinity War out of the top spot.

So is  it worth it? Yes-ish.

If you loved the first one, you’ll love the second one.  If you know all the intricacies of the comic books, this is a movie that speaks to you.

Otherwise, it’s a fun superhero movie, better than most, with a little bit of foreshadowing and a lot of retread.

Deadpool Does Deadpool

The first Deadpool shocked us.  The foul-mouthed merc was unlike anything we had seen before.  Everything we wished Tony Stark could say and more powerful than Captain America. He was a hero for adults. And adults ate it up. We couldn’t get enough.  But with Deadpool 2, we may have enough.

This isn’t to say that it’s not funny, it is.  But many of the jokes feel at best predictable, at worst stale. If anyone else (Hulk, T’Challa, Ant Man) delivered these bawdy one-liners, it would be shocking and hilarious.  But because it comes from DP, it’s expected.  Perhaps it’s unfair that we’re grading on a Deadpool curve, but that’s just the way it is.

Cutting His Losses

From the outset, the stakes are high for Deadpool. His love, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), is not long for this world. DP decides she must be avenged, and to save a bratty mutant child, Russel/Firefists (Julian Dennison), who is tortured at a school for wayward mutants.  So he assembles his X-Force team.

The interview scenes are entertaining. But, like Vanessa, most are quickly dispatched in their poorly organized (and poorly written) inaugural mission. Even Deadpool/Wade Wilson doesn’t make it through alive.  You could say it felt like the end of Infinity War.

But we don’t have to wait a year to see if they come back to life. It was all undone in the final moments.  Sure it’s to set up the X-Force going forward (or so it is implied). And Ryan Reynolds told The Cocktail that he (DP) may not play well with others.

So while it’s not a deal breaker, it abruptly negates all emotional commitment we made to Deadpool on a deeper level. His loss was our loss, until it wasn’t.

Still Fun

Now, for those who just want to go to the movies, have fun, and overdose on overpriced Junior Mints (and really, that’s all of us!), then buy a ticket and go and laugh.  Because even a retreaded Deadpool is still A LOT of fun.

He’s an old friend. He’s the guy you invite to Sunday dinner simply because you know he’ll irritate your mom (Hi Mom!) and she’s too polite to kick him out!  We assume the new characters introduced will be fleshed out more in future movies. Or maybe they won’t.  Who cares? Because the name on the Marquee is still Deadpool That’s who we go to see.

The Critic’s Cocktail Recommendation

Goldschläger. First: It sounds like the perfect name of a villain for Deadpool to take on in future movies. Second: It goes well with overpriced Junior Mints!


1 Comment

  1. Great review, and especially love your line “He’s the guy you invite to Sunday dinner simply because you know he’ll irritate your mom (Hi Mom!) and she’s too polite to kick him out!” You totally nailed it with that one!


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