Deadpool was my favorite movie of 2016. I saw the movie on a recommendation and really didn’t know what to expect. But from the first moment of the intro with Angel of the Morning playing over the comedic version of the credits revolving around a freeze-framed photo of a hyperkinetic centrifugal multi-villain murdering automobile rollover I knew it was gonna be great. Now granted, Deadpool viewing does come with some penalties. Deadpool is a fan of Wham and George Michael in general. This is painful. The end credits roles through an entire Wham song. So, you take the good with the bad.
I went to see Deadpool 2 today. I won’t put in any spoilers. In the latest installment Deadpool puts together a team that he calls X-Force because he says X-Men is too sexist. He faces off against Josh Brolin as a time travelling mercenary called Cable who sports a bionic arm. And the scene where they first deploy as a team is hysterically funny. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is back but this time with hair and a Japanese girlfriend. Colossus is also back and even develops a little edge by the end of the movie. And Morena Baccarin and Leslie Uggams and that doofus from Silicon Valley are back too. And once again Wade Wilson is plunged into despair. And that means he will be employing barrels full of ultra-violence and mayhem will rain down on his enemies and of course also hilariously on his unkillable self. There is a scene where Deadpool is regenerating his lower body that is truly disturbing and symptomatic of some psychotic issues among the writers. And there is plenty of truly horrendous schmaltzy music. But Deadpool keeps the terrible sight gags and banter flowing throughout the show. And there are even a few scenes of tenderness and love. And unlike the terrible unhappy ending of Avengers: Infinity War, if you stick around during the credits there’s a bonus that sets some things straight.
Deadpool is a guilty pleasure. He is obscene, sacrilegious, depraved and extremely gross. But it cannot be denied that he is funny. And in our increasingly humorless politically correct environment that alone should be enough to justify the time spent.