Skip to main content
Loading...

Featured Post

Amazon Last Minute Christmas Sale Save Big On Tech After Black Friday

It's not too late to pick up tech gifts from Amazon. It's Last Minute Christmas Deals sale has discounts across smart home, laptops, monitors, speakers and other gadgets.

Deadpool 2 Movie Review

Deadpool 2 Movie Review
The Color of Funny

Battle-scarred and snarky, everyone's favorite costumed antihero Deadpool is back in action in the straightforwardly titled sequel, "Deadpool 2." If you saw the first "Deadpool," you know what to expect here: pitch black humor, plenty of meta-moments, and a fast-paced storyline that's long on violence but can't quite hide its surprisingly sentimental heart. The makers of "Deadpool 2" could have simply replicated these elements from the original 2016 crowd-pleaser and come away with another smash that would keep fans happy by giving them more of the same - but they didn't. With a gonzo energy that somehow outdoes the breakneck original and a dizzying disregard for the tenents of traditional superhero storytelling, "Deadpool 2" plays fast and loose with timelines, pummels the fourth wall to pieces, and manages to up the ante in a story that lives up to the original and then surpasses it with gleeful ease.


It's best to go into the first few minutes of this one with no expectations of what's about to happen, so let's skip ahead to the main plot: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds, "The Hitman's Bodyguard"), aka Wade Wilson, joins forces with X-Men second-stringers Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead to intervene when a teenaged boy with mutant powers rebels against the orphanage where he's been held and abused, thus setting himself on a path as a potential killer in the making. Wade becomes a grudging protector to Russell (Julian Dennison, "Hunt for the Wilderpeople") aka Firefist, and tries to save him when grimly determined cyborg Cable (Josh Brolin, "Only the Brave") arrives from the future with righteous murder on his mind.

It's fairly standard stuff for a superhero story, but "Deadpool 2" uses this foundation as a springboard to let its hero mouth off hilariously, drop a staggering array of witty pop-culture references (I caught brisk asides on Harry Potter, "The Goonies," comics artist Rob Liefeld, and "The Human Centipede," to name just a few; others are too good to give away here), and anarchically upend many of the timeworn tropes that usually punctuate the genre. Mr. Reynolds was superb in the first film but here he surpasses himself, elevating glibness to a new artform that renders our hero's mouth a lethal weapon against enemies and comrades alike. He's equally effective at selling the self-consciously smarmy - wielding a boom-box to ape John Cusak's famous courting scene in "Say Anything" - and the pensively metaphysical, as the film heads in a between-worlds direction that further differentiates it from its predecessor.

What hasn't changed from the first outing is the presence of strong supporting players who both ground Mr. Reynolds's performance and give him lots to play off of. The venerable Leslie Uggams (Roots) returns to gamely play Wade's mysterious roommate Blind Al, and Karan Soni is back to gee-whiz his way amiably through the film as taxi driver turned would-be sidekick Dopinder. Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) is a strong new addition as Domino, who finds her way to Deadpool's crew through a help wanted ad and can hold her own against his perpetual banter. The film has a blast with a slew of other hopefuls who show up for the gig - again, it's too good to give it away, but be on the lookout for a couple of fun cameos.

Opposite Deadpool's cynical clowning is the glowering, mission-driven Cable. Mr. Brolin takes a solid run at the role, providing some depth to a character that initially seems determinedly one-dimensional. But as his backstory is sketched in a fuller picture emerges, and Mr. Brolin manages to elicit sympathy while remaining an appropriately humorless rock in the midst of a madcap maelstrom. Also balancing a couple of opposing goals is Mr. Dennison, who is at turns sweet, awkward, funny, and frightening as the young mutant just coming into his own powers and learning some hard lessons about morality and family.

"Deadpool 2" is clever at weaving in those messages about family and choices and consequences, but it's never unwittingly heavy-handed, and it doesn't hit pause for more than a moment or two to deliver its points. It's like a two-hour roller coaster set in a funhouse where you're never sure if you're going to see someone deliver a punchline or a punch. Do be warned: as this sequel ups the ante on the comedy front, it also dials up the violence, with fights that are longer, more extreme, and rendering some particularly grisly injuries. But if you can get past that it's great fun, with an infectious energy that makes this another one of those offerings that you really ought to see in a theater with a revved up crowd. Oh, and do get there early and prepare to stay until the last minute, because as much as "Deadpool 2" rewrites the book on genre films, it absolutely tears up that book when it comes to opening and closing credits. Bravo, team!

Comments

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Loading...

Popular posts from this blog

Chicken Nachos

Chicken Nachos are the perfect thing for a busy weeknight dinner. They are easy to throw together using leftover chicken and can be customized using whatever Mexican toppings your gang enjoys.

Vorwerk Kobold VR300 Review

At nearly £1000, does the VR300 offer enough to justify the purchase when you can pick up a robot vac for £100s less? Find out in our Vorwerk Kobold VR300 review
Should I Buy The Vorwerk Kobold VR300?
It’s expensive, but the Kobold VR300 provides an impressive vacuuming experience that we think could rival that of a conventional vacuum cleaner, but it’s not as smart as some rivals – yet. The low-profile design, upgraded SLAM technology and D-shape design allow the VR300 to safely navigate around obstacles and reach every last nook and cranny.

Amazon Last Minute Christmas Sale Save Big On Tech After Black Friday

It's not too late to pick up tech gifts from Amazon. It's Last Minute Christmas Deals sale has discounts across smart home, laptops, monitors, speakers and other gadgets.

Asus ZenBook 14 (UX433) Review

Asus has revamped the ZenBook line with a whole new design, including a lighter build, redesigned hinge, and a light-up numpad built right into the touch pad
Should I Buy The Asus ZenBook 14 UX433?
The ZenBook 14 is a very promising shakeup to the Asus laptop line. It’s smaller, lighter, and better looking than any of the previous models, without having to sacrifice either ports or powers. There aren't many laptops around that can offer you a 14in display in a body this compact while still giving you USB-A and HDMI ports, not to mention a Core i7 processor.
Unless you're an Excel addict you can probably safely ignore the glowing numpad - it's a fun gimmick, but most of us will probably forget it's even there, and without tactile feedback it's hardly a proper replacement for the keys. Still, this is a strong enough laptop elsewhere that it doesn't need that gimmick to get by, and there's plenty to recommend it otherwise.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review

Nth Time's a Charm

If you groaned at the thought of another "Spider-Man" movie, fear not because you weren't alone. How many times can one character be rebooted or reimagined before it becomes insufferable? Apparently we aren't there yet, because "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Everyone's history with the movies about our favorite neighborhood webslinger differs. Sam Raimi's trilogy has its diehard fans (despite only producing one truly great film) and the Andrew Garfield-led "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies were cut short when they didn't meet expectations (the first one is good!). Last year, Jon Watts' "Spider-Man: Homecoming" found Tom Holland in the title role, providing a fun, well-rounded look at the character, which had been missing for a while.

Like Fan Page