Deadpool 2 (2018)
Critic Consensus: Though it threatens to buckle under the weight of its meta gags, Deadpool 2 is a gory, gleeful lampoon of the superhero genre buoyed by Ryan Reynolds' undeniable charm.
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For all the impulsive flamboyance of Deadpool's patter, the liberating power of personal virtue, and the disinhibiting promise of second chances, "Deadpool 2" feels narrowly impersonal and oppressively unfree.
Just as Robert Downey, Jr. has become the definitive Iron Man, Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. It's the role he was born to play and whenever he's on screen, the movie's inner classic shines forth.
All in all, I prefer a Marvel movie that doesn't take itself seriously, but the nonstop unseriousness of Deadpool 2 can wear you down, too.
Instead of seeking to top the over-the-top antics of the first film, [both director and star are] content to simply groove with what they've already established and just have fun. The result is less exhausting and more entertaining.
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Or Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin outline the entertainment/media zeitgeist of the times for us lest we were clueless: to wit, only the crew and the orchestra are not seen in this uber-meta take on the whole superhero movie thing happening lately. Breaking the fourth wall? Check. Referencing the star outside of the film? Check. Referencing other films in the Marvel Universe? Check. Even Thanos??? Even Thanos. Could the internet fans and comic convention fans input be influencing what makes it to the screen anymore? You betcha, and this work is the proof and the tip of the iceberg, the pendulum swinging entirely away from the ol' you'll take what we serve you and you'll like it studio think. This is very nearly a fan made/studio film. And what a ride it is!
Sure, the sequel to the R-Rated smash hit is bigger, louder, faster and more spectacular. There is a "but" behind that sentence, though. The CGI is mediocre, the plot fits on a beer coaster and the decision to kill off a beloved character early on, just to have a good time with anal jokes afterwards is questionable at best. The new additions like Brolin and Beetz work, so do some movie quotes and 4th wall jokes, but unfortunately the potty level is in the majority. Slightly disappointing but the hardcore fans will hardly mind.
Lampshading your insolent, vulgar and filthy ass out and going full I-know-this-is-a-fucking-movie meta can be Deadpool funny, even when you reuse clichés that were already old back in the Bourne trilogy - and as an impudent salad of pop-references it only gets better and better.
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