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Deadpool 2

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

After successfully working as the mercenary Deadpool for two years, Wade Wilson fails to kill one of his targets on his anniversary with girlfriend Vanessa. That night, after the pair decide to start a family together, the target tracks Wilson down and kills Vanessa. Wilson kills the man in revenge, but blames himself for her death, and attempts to commit suicide six weeks later by blowing himself up. Wilson has a vision of Vanessa in the afterlife, but the pieces of his body remain alive and are put back together by Colossus.

Recovering at the X-Mansion, Wilson agrees to join the X-Men as a form of healing. He, Colossus, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead respond to a standoff between authorities and the unstable young mutant Russell Collins / Firefist at an orphanage, labeled a “Mutant Reeducation Center”. Wilson realizes that Collins has been abused by the orphanage staff, and kills one of the staff members. Colossus stops him from killing anyone else, and both Wilson and Collins are arrested. Restrained with collars that negate their powers, they are taken to the “Icebox”, an isolated prison for mutant criminals. Meanwhile, the cybernetic soldier Cable finds his family murdered by Collins in the future, and travels back in time to kill the boy before he ever becomes a murderer.

Cable breaks into the Icebox and attacks Collins. Wilson attempts to defend Collins, but is defeated by Cable who takes the Skee-Ball token that was a final gift from Vanessa. Wilson is able to force himself and Cable out of the prison, but not before Collins overhears Wilson deny that he cares for the young mutant. Near to death again, Wilson has another vision of Vanessa in which she convinces him to help Collins. Wilson organizes a team of mutants to break Collins out of a prison transfer convoy and defend him from Cable, whom he calls X-Force. The team launches their assault on the convoy by parachuting from a plane, but all of the team’s members except for Wilson and the lucky Domino die in the landing. While the pair fight Cable, Collins frees fellow inmate Juggernaut who repays Collins by agreeing to help him kill the abusive headmaster. Juggernaut destroys the truck they are in and they escape.

Cable offers to work with Wilson and Domino to stop Collins’s first kill, and agrees to give Wilson a chance to talk Collins down before attempting to kill the boy again. They arrive at the orphanage to be overpowered by Juggernaut while Collins attacks the headmaster. Colossus, who had at first refused to help Wilson due to his murderous ways, arrives and distracts Juggernaut long enough for Wilson and Cable to confront Collins. After Wilson appears to fail in talking down Collins, Cable shoots at the young mutant. Wilson leaps in front of the bullet and dies, reuniting with Vanessa in the afterlife. Seeing this sacrifice, Collins’s future is changed and Cable’s family now survives. Cable uses the last charge on his time-travelling device, which he needed for returning to his family in the future, to strap Vanessa’s token in front of Wilson’s heart before they arrive at the orphanage. This time, when Wilson leaps in front of the bullet it is stopped by the token and he survives. Collins still has his change of heart.

The headmaster is run over by Wilson’s taxi driver friend Dopinder, and Wilson accepts that he and his friends have formed their own strange family. In a mid credits sequence, Wilson has Negasonic Teenage Warhead and her girlfriend Yukio secretly repair Cable’s time-traveling device to allow him to: save the lives of Vanessa and X-Force member Peter; visit the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and kill that film’s version of Deadpool; and kill actor Ryan Reynolds while he is considering acting in the film Green Lantern

REVIEW:

Well, here we are getting ready to go guns blazing into the summer movie season. Avengers: Infinity War got us kicked off, Solo: A Star Wars Story is waiting in the wings, but the one that people are really wondering about is Deadpool 2. After the surprise success of the original, some are wondering if there will be a sophomore slump or, perhaps this will be an even better flick. That is something each individual must decide for themselves, but these are my thoughts on the matter.

What is this about?

Foul-mouthed mutant mercenary Wade Wilson (AKA. Deadpool), brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy of supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling mutant, Cable.

What did I like?

Action. Some films, like Logan, can get away with having very few action scenes. Those that it does have really count, though. The Deadpool franchise, however, needs these scenes if for no other reason than to keep us from having too much of his mouth. Funny enough, the best action scene in the film doesn’t even involve our titular character, but rather a couple of big guys, one of which would be a spoiler if I said his name. Aside from that, though, there really isn’t much to say other than Deadpool kicks ass and takes names.

Domino. When it comes to the character of Domino and how she was portrayed on the screen, I’m torn. On the one hand, this is the first time she’d appeared on the big screen, so kudos to that. Her powers aren’t exactly easy to show to John Q. Public. Unlike having optic blasts, blue fur, metal bone claws, etc., being lucky isn’t a run of the mill power. I feel the film did a good job of showing her pull off the, pardon the phrase, “Domino effect”. On the other hand, and this is nothing against Zazie Beetz, I feel the race switching was pointless. Making it even worse is that she comes off as the opposite of her comic counterpart. Instead of being white, she’s African-American. The black spot on her eye? It’s a white spot on her other eye. As a matter of fact, everytime I look at it, I can’t help but think of Barf from Spaceballs! Still, having a badass chick that can handle Deadpool, and even throw some quips back at him is awesome!

No one is safe! Deadpool went after everyone, starting with Ryan Reynolds and just kept going from there. This film does the same, but ups the ante a bit. I hear there was a joke about the Disney/Fox merger, but they were advised to cut it. Instead we get jokes about the DC Universe being dark, Josh Brolin being Thanos and, of course Ryan Reynolds failed “Deadpool” in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and his bad decision to make Green Lantern (both films I am a fan of, btw). The jokes all land and I felt as if Reynolds himself had a hand in writing, or possibly ad-libbing, some of these.

What didn’t I like?

Pick on the little guy. You’d think with this topic, I’d be referring to the kid, Firefist, and how seemed to be picked on through the whole movie, resulting in the climax, but that isn’t where im going with this. I want to mention how T.J. Miller was just laying into Dopinder in the scenes where they were working together. Dopinder has become on of those characters, I think he actually does exist in the comics, that has taken on a life of his own after the first film and was a welcome bit of comic relief (in a comedy). Miller’s picking on him came out of nowhere, though. Perhaps there is some deleted scene that can explain why he was doing this?

It worked once. Many of the jokes in the film are rehashes from the first film, if I’m being honest. Some are the exact same joke! Others are just an extended version of the same joke, just done a different way. For instance, in the first film, Deadpool cuts his arm off and a baby hand replaces it (while it is growing back). This go around, he gets ripped in half, and there is a rather long sequence where he is sitting on the couch  with baby legs (and no pants/diaper). This goes on even when Cable enters the scene and attempts to bring some sanity to the proceedings. Should there be a third film, let’s hope we don’t get more of the same jokes again.

Low budget CG. It is no secret that these Deadpool movies aren’t as flush with cash as say, The Avengers franchise, but one would expect that there would be at least enough cash flowing to get some decent CG. There are two times that this really came off as bad to me. First was anytime Colossus was talking. Maybe I didn’t notice it in the first film, but there was something off about how his face moved when he was speaking. While I’m on this note and before I go on…why doesn’t he go back to his human form in these movies?!? The second was in the aforementioned big guy fight. I was taken back to the really bad Gateway 2000 CG in The Matrix Reloaded watching what should have been an awesome fight. Maybe they’ll fix this before it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray.

Final thoughts on Deadpool 2? There really isn’t much to say, honestly. If you liked the first one, then you’re going to like this one. Nothing about this flick is going to suddenly make you a Deadpool fan, though I’m sure google searches on Cable, Black Tom Cassidy, and Firefist went up this weekend (I looked up Firefist, myself, so don’t feel bad). Josh Brolin as Cable works, but I think they should have gone with Stephen Lang, a guy that literally looks the part. The X-Force scene(s)…well, you’ll be entertained, I’ll put it that way. Morena Baccarin is still gorgeous! Long story short, this is a solid film worth watching in the theater. More than likely, if you’re reading this than you’re a fan and have already seen it, so I don’t need to tell you to rush out and check it out, now do I?

4 out of 5 stars

Deadpool

Posted in Action/Adventure, Movie Reviews, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Wade Wilson is a former special forces operative who works as a mercenary in New York City. He meets escort Vanessa Carlysle at a local bar and they become romantically attached. One year later, Wade proposes to her and she accepts, but he suddenly collapses. Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer and though Vanessa remains by his side, he fears losing her.

A recruiter from a secret program approaches Wade and offers him an experimental cure for his cancer. Although Wade initially refuses, he later decides to leave Vanessa and undergo the procedure. At a laboratory, Wade meets Ajax and Angel Dust, whom he instantly resents. Ajax injects Wade with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes, then have him subjected to weeks of torture to trigger the mutation without success. Wade discovers Ajax’s real name, Francis Freeman, and mocks him. In response, Ajax straps Wade into an airtight chamber which raises and lowers the oxygen level to keep Wade constantly on the verge of asphyxiation. Ajax reveals to Wade their true purpose: to make super-powered slaves to be sold to wealthy customers. Several days later, Wade develops a healing factor which cures his cancer, but severely disfigures his face and skin. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax, but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wade, impales him with a rebar and leaves him in the burning laboratory.

Wade attempts to reconnect with Vanessa, but is unable to come to terms with his appearance, and keeps himself away from her. After consulting his best friend Weasel, Wade decides to hunt down Ajax and have his disfigurement cured. He becomes a masked vigilante, takes the alias “Deadpool”, and moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al. Following a string of leads, Deadpool tracks down Ajax to a convoy of cars on an expressway. He kills all the escorts, corners Ajax and demands a cure to his disfigurement. The confrontation is interrupted by two X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who have been trying to recruit Deadpool. Taking advantage of the distraction, Ajax escapes. Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool and begins dragging him away. Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes. His hand regenerates overnight.

Now knowing Wade is alive, Ajax goes to Weasel’s bar and learns of Vanessa. Weasel calls Wade and tells him Vanessa is in danger. Wade goes to the strip club she works at but, unable to face her, psyches himself up in the bathroom first. However, when he comes out, she is already kidnapped. Ajax and Angel Dust tell Deadpool to meet up with them on a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard.

Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him, and the trio take a cab to the scrapyard. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel Dust, Deadpool fights his way through Ajax’s henchmen, and eventually engages him in close combat. After Angel Dust knocks out Colossus, Negasonic uses her power to repel her, but accidentally destroys the equipment holding the helicarrier upright. As the helicarrier tips over, Colossus wakes up and takes Negasonic and Angel Dust to safety, while Deadpool successfully saves Vanessa. Ajax, still alive, attacks Deadpool, but is subdued and reveals there is no cure for Wade’s disfigurement.

Colossus begins urging Deadpool to be a true hero and spare his enemy, but Deadpool kills Ajax. Wade turns to Vanessa, who removes his mask revealing his face. Vanessa is angered that Wade left her, but still loves him. She accepts him, and they reconcile by kissing.

In a post-credits scene parodying Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Wade teases a sequel featuring Cable and tells the audience to clean up their trash.

REVIEW:

One of the most highly anticipated films of this young year has got to be Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds is in desperate need of a hit and the superhero genre is in need of something different. Could this be the film to do all of those things? Let’s find out, shall we?

What is this about?

The origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

What did I like?

Humor. Recently, I’ve been watching Daredevil and Jessica Jones on Netflix, two Marvel superhero shows that are about as devoid of humor as they come, save for a couple of wisecracks by the comic relief here and there. In contrast, films such as Ant-Man, The Avengers, and the like have some humor in them, but audiences are lukewarm in response to them for some reason. Enter Deadpool, a character known for his wisecracks and pointing out things as he sees them. The filmmakers did a great job translating thing, including his breaking the 4th wall, to the big screen. Not only that, but they poke fun at any and everything in the superhero genre and then some. I haven’t laughed this hard at some actual comedies!!!!

Rated R superstar. What was the last rated R comic book/superhero movie? I want to say it was Punisher: War Zone, bu don’t quote me on that. Everything else has been either PG or PG-13, including some properties that shouldn’t have been. Hopefully this, combined with the success of the Netflix shows, will open up the R rating for superhero film. Now, this R rating is not to be taken lightly. Deadpool constantly drops the F-bomb, decapitates heads, blows brains out, goes to a strip club, and there is even a scene of male nudity (I’ll touch on this in little bit). Some feminazi on Youtube actually tried to start a petition to get the studio to release a PG-13 version because some little boy cried to her about wanting to see it. Whatever! There are more than enough PG-13 superheroes out there, kid. Get over it! Chances are he’ll but a ticket for Kung Fu Panda 3 and sneak in, anyway.

Marketing. I have to believe that the biggest chunk of this film’s budget went to marketing, and with good reason. From just after Halloween, I believe, up until the film’s release, we were treated to vignettes, videos, and other various clips and whatnot that gave us an idea of the kind of humor and the tone this film would have. For a character as niche and cult as Deadpool, this was a smart move, as it brought him to the mainstream conscious before the film came out. Had they not done this, I fear this film would have gone the way of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a hit only to fans of the book and forgotten by everyone else (even though it is a really good movie!)

Damsel. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Morena Baccarin’s character, Vanessa, better known as Copycat in the comics. What I mostly like about her is that the filmmakers didn’t make her some strong female character just to please the femists out there. For the most part, she is just short of a damsel in distress, as it were. With all this girl power all over the place and unrelenting string of feminists taking over the world, it was nice change of pace to get a character that could go toe to toe with Wade Wilson, but also could use a rescue.

Reynolds. As we know, Ryan Reynolds is an extremely likable and charismatic guy, but he has been on a bit of a cold streak when it comes to these big budget films. Green Lantern was meant to be the next big superhero franchise, but it did so bad that DC was forced to go back to Superman. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is constantly ripped to shreds by fans, but I actually liked it, mainly because of what they did to Reynolds and “Deadpool”. How do you take a character known as “the merc with the mouth” and sew his mouth shut?!? Still, if not for that, we wouldn’t have gotten this film, so in a way, we should be grateful! It cannot be said enough, Ryan Reynolds was born to play this character. Not only that, but he stayed fairly true to the source material and threw out a few jabs at his former attempts at superhero glory. “Don’t make the supersuit green…or animated!” I’m wondering now that I’ve been speaking of Reynolds’ flops, what was his last hit, excluding The Croods.

What didn’t I like?

Colossus. When it was announced Colossus would be included in this picture, I didn’t know what to think. I am somewhat a fan of the character, but when you consider the way he’s been shown, or not shown, in the movies so far, it is hard to get excited. My main issue with this version of Colossus is that he was in his metal form the whole time, even when we first see him and he is sitting down for breakfast, eating a bowl of cereal. I find it extremely hard to believe that Colossus would not be in his “human” state when doing something like that. Of course, I also find it hard to believe that we only see 2 people in the X-mansion. As Deadpool said, “it’s like they couldn’t afford anymore…[sic]” The CG on the big guy wasn’t too bad. I found it to be very similar to the Hulk, I just wish he didn’t look as CG and fake, though.

Naked Wade. Is Ryan Reynolds a nudist and we just don’t know about it? In Green Lantern, he gets naked and in this one he gets even more nude! I guess if I had that body, I’d want to show it off, too. I doubt the ladies (and some men) don’t mind. For the scene he gets naked in, it sort of fits, though, I don’t really think he needed to take off the gown. Now, did we need to see his penis? No, but I guess he felt the need to show the audience what he was packing.

Masked man. The problem with getting a big name actor to play a superhero that wears a mask is that they always want to show their face. Toby Maguire was always ripping his mask off in the Spider-Man franchise, even though Spider-Man never takes his off. The studio was creative with Robert Downey, Jr. and we were instead of him always taking it off, we just go inside the suit with him. On the flip side, there are actors like Karl Urban in Dredd want to stay true to the character and don’t take the mask off. I feel as if Reynolds would fall more into the latter category, but the studio and the story wanted more of his face (even if it was what they called disfigured).

Was Deadpool worth the wait and all the hype? Yes, and then some! Everything that you think this film is going to do, as far as what we’ve seen from its contemporaries, it does something totally different. We are introduced to a niche character that could very well be the spark that ignites a genre that is starting to get a little stale. There really isn’t much else to say about this film, other than make sure you pay attention to the opening credits. You’ll thank me later! So, do I recommend this film? If you need to ask me that, I seriously wonder about your mental well-being. Of course I recommend this, very highly! So stop reading my ramblings and go see this film…multiple times!!!

5 out of 5 stars