Deadpool 2

 

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About a year ago, a movie called Hunt for the Wilderpeople came out. It starred veteran actor Sam Neill AKA Dr. Alan “They Do Move in Herds” Grant, and a young man by the name of Julian Dennison.

Julian stole the show as a foster child with a propensity for gangsta’ tendencies. Behind his rough and tumble persona lived a boy who just wanted a home; a family.

I fell for that kid so hard. I would have fictionally adopted Ricky Baker. I would real life adopt Julian Dennison. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t need to be adopted, but I’m putting it out there anyway.

Why am I bringing this up? What does this have to do with Deadpool? STAY WITH ME.

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Dennison stars alongside Reynolds in the second installation of this expletive-laden extravaganza. However, reader, for your benefit, this review will be left sparse on details. Deadpool 2 offers much to delight its audience and does so in spectacular fashion.

Only a total bonehead would spoil such a thing.

What I can tell you:

  • Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is back with more four-letter antics.
  • His mission is to protect Russell (Julian Dennison)
  • Their mutual antagonist is Cable (Josh Brolin)
  • Will you see old favorites like Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Dopinder (Karan Soni), and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin)? YES
  • Will you meet new favorites like Domino (Zazie Beetz), Black Tom Cassidy (Jack Kesy), and Peter (Rob Delaney)? YES
  • Does the movie earn its R rating just like the first one did? YES

What I can’t tell you:

  • EVERYTHING ELSE

For a crass, bloody, f-word of a film, Deadpool 2 has a sentimental side that’ll tug at the heartstrings of even its toughest critic. The first movie had its fair share of sensitivity and tender moments for a film that seemed to be striving for most f-bombs used in a single feature-length motion picture.

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That’s the thing about Deadpool — he’s such a jerk sometimes, but his heart is definitely in the right place. Ryan Reynolds takes care to give this audience exactly what they’re looking for and more.

Speaking as a fan who hasn’t scoured the pages of every comic book ever, I can tell you that this movie is made — with love — for everyone. I, personally, appreciate a film that can balance solid laughs, tears shed, and head-crushing hand-to-hand combat everywhere in between.

In that same vein, there were a couple of references in the film that were only just slightly lost on me. Those are treats for the super fans and well-deserved.

I was very excited to see a writing credit for Reynolds on this film along with his producing credit. I’ve been a fan of hisĀ for a while, my favorite being Just Friends. For a long time it seemed as though he was pigeonholed into rom-com roles that didn’t quite fit. It’s wonderful to see him in the role he was born to play. I say this with all of the earnestness at my command — no one else could play Wade Wilson. Deadpool is Ryan Reynolds the same way that Ironman is Robert Downey Jr. and every CGI character ever is Andy Serkis.

It is very much his role.

Director David Leitch is kind of just getting his feet wet with only a few directing credits to his name, but did a bang up job. I think I’d love to see Reynolds direct the third film — should there be one — himself. I think I’d also love to be in on that writer’s room with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland, Deadpool). I assure there is nothing “lazy” about this writing.

Deadpool 2 is impressively funny, well-written, and spends two hours giving the finger to the fourth wall. It’s everything you’re hoping for and some things you didn’t even know you wanted. I personally can’t wait to see it again, if only for that sweet MTV Unplugged version of Take On Me by a-ha on the butt-kicking soundtrack for the film that is rich, robust, and sometimes has dubstep. And, as your film score fan of the year, Alan Silvestri composed music for Deadpool 2 that covers a wide range of emotions and dynamics.

Go see it. Stay through the credits. Repeat. As Mr. Pool says, “So, from our family to yours, keep your pants dry, your dreams wet, and remember, hugs not drugs.”

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Tully

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As a 30-something woman who is unmarried and childless, Tully looked like playful, middle-aged canon. On first glance, we see a trailer featuring a mom with carry-on luggage under her eyes and a clueless husband who spends his free time playing video games.

Tully tells a tale as old as time; a married couple whose bond exists mainly on a notarized piece of paper. Marlo (Charlize Theron) and her husband Drew (Ron Livingston) have three children — a sweet-yet-outspoken young lady, a little boy who is a bit of a loose cannon, and a newborn.

When Marlo is gifted a paid-for nighttime nanny from her well-to-do brother, Craig (Mark Duplass), she’s skeptical. Most new mothers don’t want to leave their babies with acquaintances, much less strangers.

There’s a lot to be said for quality of life when one reaches the point of imminent extinction due to exhaustion, and Marlo quietly caves after a meeting with the principal at her son’s school leaves her examining new education options for him in a mandatory fashion.

Like a sunset after a storm, Tully (Mackenzie Davis) arrives.

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Though they’ve never met, Marlo and Tully have a very quick familiarity. Tully has a very serene way about her that helps to put Marlo at ease. She’s great with the baby and seems to know Marlo like an old friend.

Drew begins to notice the shift in Marlo and everything turns around for the family. As an audience member, I was forced to wait on the edge of my seat for the other shoe to drop.

There’s more to Tully than meets the eye. Writer Diablo Cody previously penned gems like Juno and Young Adult. At the surface, they appear to be your typical dramedy fare, but her films tend to take the viewer to a place they weren’t expecting to go.

Tully takes a conscientious approach to this genre. It is a bracing interpretation of life and the toll it takes. Director Jason Reitman — who worked with Charlize on Young Adult — presents moviegoers with an authentic on-screen experience, much like what we’ve come to expect from him.

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That said, I have to imagine that Charlize doesn’t take much direction to deliver a sublime performance. Tully is no exception to that and Charlize’s name ought to be mentioned come awards season.

When credits rolled, a woman next to me asked, “Where have I seen Mackenzie Davis before?”

She’s been around for ages and after Tully, I find myself seeking out her entire body of work. Most famously, she starred in what is widely regarded as the most beloved episode of Black Mirror, San Junipero. She also stole the show in the box office flop, That Awkward Moment, and popped up in Blade Runner 2049, as well.

To the naked eye, Tully is a movie for the female demographic, but underneath that, it is such a human film. The flaws that make us people coupled with superbly illustrated insecurities so many of us have a difficult time coming to terms with are a structural entity in this film.

Tully is a relatable and funny flick, but gives its viewer so much and takes so little. One of my favorites of the year so far, Tully is in theaters May 3rd!

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