Enjoy this Monday with Mildred and A 241 Review!
Review by Mildred
This movie is so special there’s a trailer dedicated to it, of an upcoming Melissa Macarthy movie called Happytime Murders which is like an updated, Americanized Meet the Feebles, with extra sperm. I’ve never heard an audience laugh so loud at a trailer, especially one so R rated.
There were many laugh out loud moments during the movie, mostly from different sets of people with an occasional Whole Audience laugh. I was generally with the Marvel Knowledge crowd, but not always, and my friend was with the General Pop Culture crowd. A couple of times I laughed with the three other people in the So Esoteric Marvel May Not Even Have Intended A Joke set.
The first Deadpool was a revelation for a Marvel film, released in a three year period with Ant-man and Guardians of the Galaxy. They were intentionally and successfully funny, as well as giving us more of a grey area of heroism. Deadpool was raunchy and cynical and violent. Deadpool 2 has all of that, but the humor is more accessible and there’s much more of it. Some people have said that Deadpool 2 is better than the first film, and I believe a good argument could be made for it because it has more of everything. More raunchy humor, more pop culture humor, more deeply geek humor, more fourth wall breaking and way more characters who contributed to the humor in some big ways, even Josh Brolin who never cracked a smile.
I loved Blind Al, and Colussus, who apparently took five motion capture actors to create, super lucky Domino, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (who is my FAVORITE of the supporting characters because she’s so perfectly new-age butch). That’s two African-American women, a metal man and a lesbian, as proof of one of the biggest complaints about Deadpool 2. Why the continued cliché of the “minority” actors only serving in a supportive capacity? We can only hope that the Marvel creators will learn a lesson from the huge popularity of their “lesser” actors and the huge success of Black Panther and try to veer away from the only white men are the big heroes/audience draw mindset. Another legitimate concern is the whole dead girlfriend cliché, but I don’t hold out much hope of ever being rid of this one since Disney bought Marvel, because Disney has always been about no mothers or girlfriends, beginning with Bambi.
Another problem for me at least is that the plot went in unusual directions and dragged sometimes, which I found distracting. It often seemed as if the story was pulled into weird situations just for the sake of mining more humor rather than advancing the plot. Sure, I loved all the funny, but I think it could have been done more tightly.
Given the number of times I laughed out loud and otherwise sat grinning at the sheer enormity of the goofiness, I have to say go and see Deadpool 2. Nothing is perfect and this movie is no exception, but you will have a great time watching this somewhat flawed movie.
Deadpool 2 | The Trailer
Review by CFR
OVERALL: O.M.G. Laugh out loud and proud cause Deadpool is BACK and OMG just as funny as I had hoped. Even better.
POINTS: Non-stop action, loads of humor, meta moments, and Marvel! I laughed all the way through this movie. I love that it comments on sexism – yay! – and it was just FUN! I left wanting to see it again.
PITFALLS: As Mildred mentioned above the dying girlfriend was annoying. However, that got “fixed” at the end so I wasn’t so angry.
FEMALE CHARACTER(S): Yes! They are fun! Girlfriend Vanessa played by Morena Baccarin is not a typical wimpy girlfriend. She is basically Deadpool without the military training. It is correct that she and Deadpool “fit” and it is believable. Zazie Beetz as Domino, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Shioli Kutsuna as Yuki brought the humor. They were all interesting characters in their own right. And let’s face it, if you don’t laugh at Blind Al’s humor, you have no sense of humor.
CULTURAL PITFALL(S): I like that this movie comments on sexism and racism. So that’s not a pitfall.
HIGH POINT(S): The humor. The HUMOR!!! And Domino, Negasonic, and Blind Al making me laugh until I choked on my popcorn. So good!!!
BECHDEL TEST (Website): 3 of 3. Squee!
RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 2 of 3. Lots colors of people but I don’t remember a scene where two PoC spoke to just each other. Well there were scenes but there were other characters there even though the PoC were dominating a part of the conversation.
IMDB: Deadpool 2 – IMDB
OFFICIAL MOVIE WEBSITE: Deadpool 2 – Official Website
DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LION PAW PRINTS: 3.5 of 5. So good!!!
Note: Above and below Mildred’s review is the official trailer. So here I am putting some of my favorite Deadpool 2 related videos. My favorite and the BEST is the Celine Dion “Ashes” music video for the movie. O.M.G. So good.
Céline Dion – Ashes (from the Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Celine Dion – Ashes – LIVE for the first time! (Deadpool 2 theme) – May 22nd, 2018 (CFR: I think I love this woman.)
Deadpool 2 | With Apologies to David Beckham
Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynolds Disses Australia In Twitter Video
And a favorite very laughable image of Deadpool and Cable. MORE LOLOLOLOL!
CFR: In Addition: I have used the phrase “so good” a lot in this review. If you can correctly guess why I will so feature you and your awesomeness in a post. 🙂