Review: Deadpool 2

I’m just going to leave this here for you to process however you see fit:

After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the Yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

Officially, this is the synopsis for Deadpool 2 starring the only human being on the planet who can bring life and the right amount of gravitas to the role of Marvel’s celebrated anti-heroic mercenary with a mouth! Reprising the Golden Globe nominated role nobody talks about is Ryan Reynolds and this film explores where Wade Wilson belongs in this sordid and confusing world both in cinema and the real world.

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Image by Marvel and 20th Century Fox

In this marvelous metaphysical motion picture, we see Wade trying to find his own sense of “family” after suffering a traumatic loss. Wade “tries” to fill the void in his life with the X-Men, but that ends in glorious disaster, he makes a team of his own and that goes swimmingly off-the-rails but in the end, his best bet is with a troubled youth who is hounded by some cyborg-like temporal tourist with no sense of humor. Also, throughout the picture Wade is trying to up the ante on Logan by chasing the sweet release of death! (Just throwing that out there.)

Deadpool is back and he is as goofier and stupider than ever before! This pleasurable picture wastes no time at all groping your funny bone (and whatever else it can grab) and living up to its R-rating by celebrating how special this character really is; breaking the fourth-wall, profanity, graphic violence, innuendo, a mouth that never stops, unicorns, the best sense of self-awareness you’ll ever see in a comic book movie, etc.

I admit that I was concerned when David Leitch stepped in to direct because sometimes a new director can alter the dynamics of a franchise but I believe Rhett Rheese, Paul Werner and star Ryan Reynolds give Leitch enough material and guidance to ensure that the future of this franchise (whatever it is) is in good hands. This movie goes from dark to light in the blink of an eye, it’s funny, it’s shocking, it’s action-packed, it’s not afraid to show its vulnerable side; it’s Deadpool!

Will Ryan Reynolds get another Golden Globe nomination for stepping into the red and black costume? I admit, I think it’s possible because he just owns this role!

It’s great to see Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Karan Soni, Leslie Uggams and Stefan Kapicic return to this film, and it was nice seeing Brianna Hildebrand back even though she’s seriously underutilized and paired with Shioli Kutsuna. The newcomers, including Josh Brolin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, Rob Delaney, Eddie Marsan and Jack Kesy, are all great, despite the fact that most of them are only in the movie for at most five minutes. Also, most of the cameos just flew over my head because I was held captive by the plot but you won’t believe who shows up in this film!

Tyler Bates’ music was solid, Jonathan Sela’s cinematography was good, great editing by Craig Alpert, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir and Dirk Westervelt, Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller’s costumes are excellent, David Scheuneumann’s production design is good, the art direction is solid, Sandy Walker’s set decoration is good, the make-up and visual effects are striking; Deadpool 2 aims for the highest version of middle-of-the-road in production quality possible and succeeds in the most explosive manner possible!

Deadpool 2 is the ultimate mood elevator! You will see things that you will never forget, things that you wish you could un-see, things that you may have missed but while you are taking in the sights you will be laughing, cringing and possibly crying throughout the picture. Just pure uncut joy!

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