Deadpool 2 is way darker, but also twice as funny. – outright geekery gas tax in texas

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Well, I have a new job, and that means I’ll only get to see movies on Mondays, so this will probably be the review you check to see if you agree instead of the one you check to see if you might want to check it out. Though I don’t think I’ll be disagreeing with the other critics’ consensus on Deadpool, a wickedly funny movie that does the character a ton of justice, and takes the piss out of the era that created him. You know that line… “He may have been your father, but he wasn’t you’re daddy”, that’s what I’ve always thought about Deadpool’s creators. People always credit Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld with creating Deadpool, and to a point it’s true in that they wrote and drew a character that was a copy of Deathstroke, just another amoral assassin from the Dark Age of comics. Deadpool as we know him today, with Blind Al and Weasel, fourth wall breaking, and sense of humor, was created by Joe Kelly’s run on the first Deadpool ongoing comic from 1997, with more added on by Christopher Priest and Gail Simone. What I love most about the Joe Kelly run is that it could have this really funny streak while going to some really dark places. While Deadpool has been a little too watered down to go as far as the Kelly run did (Blind Al was basically a hostage and Weasel was afraid he’d be killed if he ever stopped hanging out with Wade), it manages to go to some pretty rough places and still have a great sense of humor.

When a sudden tragedy leaves Wade Wilson feeling rudderless and suicidal, Colossus persuades him to join the X-Men as a trainee. When his first mission, to stop a kid named Rusty Collins from destroying his orphanage (the Essex Home For Mutant Rehabilitation), goes disastrously wrong, he and Rusty find themselves in a prison called the Ice Box. More trouble arrives when a man from the future, Cable, comes to murder Rusty, who killed Cable’s family in Cable’s timeline. Deadpool must now find a way to stop Rusty from going down a dark path while also contending with Cable, and to do that he must recruit a team of his own, his X-Force.

From the opening sequence to the hilarious mid-credits scene, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. Ryan Reynolds was born to play the Merc With A Mouth, and his chemistry with the rest of the cast is fantastic. Zazie Beetz is a great sardonic foil as Domino, and really pulls off making the mutant power of luck look badass. Josh Brolin is having a banner year, here he’s playing up what I always loved about the Cable and Deadpool pairing, that he’s so grim, dark and serious it kind of makes perfect sense he will eventually become friends with his opposite number. Stefan Kapicic continues to be a great Collosus. Brianna Hildebrand and Kutsuna have one of the funnier running jokes in the movie, the person who can’t stand you and the significant other that is just the sweetest person.

Getting one of the directors from the John Wick series really upped the game in this one, as there are some great action scenes, and David Leitch also proved with Wick that he could direct the emotional stuff too, and as Reese and Wernick have returned as the writers, it’s very consistent. I will say though it looks like the success of the first film afforded them the luxury of being a little more biting in their humor, which I loved.