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Review: “Deadpool” Irreverent and Full of Heart

I loved Deadpool. It was funny, it was messed up and it was all about love. It was one of the most popular movies of all time. Now, they’ve made a sequel. My first thought was not whether they could pull off a film as good as the original but how, how were they going to make it as devastatingly funny with as much heart? Now that I’ve watched the film I know exactly how and I can’t spoil it. But what I can do is give you some of my thoughts on the film. I can tell you it is just as funny, just as beautiful and all about family. And if you haven’t seen it, why are you waiting? It’s worth going to see two or three times at least.
Deadpool 2 starring Ryan Reynolds begins with Deadpool living his life with his girl (Morrena Baccarin), fulfilling contracts to kill bad guys and ready to start a family when everything changes. Deadpool faces a loss and must turn to the X-Men, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) for emotional support.

While fighting with their team, he meets a young man, Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) who’s been abused. He helps the kid but they both get sent to jail. To both their surprise, a strange man named Cable (Josh Brolin) inexplicably comes after Fire Fist. Deadpool must fight Cable, figure out how to help the kid and manage to escape jail. In the process, he recruits a team to help him, including Dopinder (Karan Soni), Weasel (T.J. Miller) and a new recruit, Domino (Zazie Beetz) and along the way finding a family if he can just hold onto them.

I think the biggest draw for Deadpool is the fun, tongue in cheek approach that the writers take to the script. Nothing is off limits but the biggest butt of jokes is Deadpool himself. Everything is irreverent and the sequel has captured that as well as the first film. From the way Deadpool kills people for a living to the X-men not being in their mansion, the jokes help this movie knock it out of the park. And after they get done with the jokes, the jokes build on Cable with his burned teddy bear and X-Force, including Domino who’s super ability of luck turns out to be far more useful and badass than suspected. There are nonstop laughs even down to the last second and it includes the music, the action, and the dialogue. Every part of the film builds that humor.

While the humor is the initial pull for most viewers, the concepts of family that the film delves into are the heart of the film. While not everything goes smoothly for Deadpool (and wouldn’t it be boring if it did), he is there for his friends and the young boy who needs his particular brand of help. He builds a family, weird and dysfunctional as that family is and though it isn’t the everyday notion of family, it works for Deadpool, those around him and it worked for me.

Anyone who has watched the first movie knows that the next draw is Ryan Reynolds himself. Not only is he one of the writers and producers, he embodies the essence of the character. Not only does he do a fantastic job delivering one liners and deadpan humor but he also brilliantly handles the action sequences. There is never any doubt that he is capable of what the role demands physically and emotionally.

Deadpool isn’t perfect. It is irreverent with a lot of language that is inappropriate to a child. The plot is not complex. But this isn’t meant to be complicated nor does it try to outdo the first film. It continues what we loved, humor, action and heart. And what it does is executed well with great effects, a solid story and laughs. It is well worth catching every f-bomb that flies and every silly moment. But the best part is the family that Deadpool builds and how his friends come together. Friends and family are the core of this story.

Rating 4 teddy bears out of 5

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