This is Not Not a Review of ‘Deadpool 2’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - May 31, 2018
This is Not Not a Review of ‘Deadpool 2’

We’ve all probably seen Deadpool 2 right now. I was one of the lucky ones who saw it before most people did in theatres. This means that there are both regular audience members and critics in the room. It’s always nice to talk to people from both groups about what they thought. I chuckled at the diva filled soundtrack. Contributor Kirk Haviland howled at most of the jokes. On the other hand there’s Anthony Marcusa. He ended up writing the review for this site and wrote that most of the jokes landed. I also chased two other critic friends to pick their brains, both of them wary about Marvel over-saturation. One of them specifically said that the film played like a homophobic Reddit thread, which is a concern.

That screening was more than a week ago. And I wondered why I was still holding on to David Leitch’s movie. For one, it took its time to get to the main conflict. Most people who haven’t seen the film will steer away from anything about it. While most of us who have seen it are fine talking about it, so here it is. Superhero Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) has multiple physical fights with Cable (Josh Brolin), a man with superhuman qualities and questionable morality. Cable wants to kill a boy, Russell (Julian Dennison). On the one hand, many of us probably will stand in a way of a child killer. On the other hand, Cable knows something about this poor orphan kid that gives him proper justification.

The first Deadpool was about an overgrown orphan dealing with a shady healthcare infrastructure (think about it). This second iteration still deals with orphan issues, one looking at another, a younger version of himself. He’s aghast that someone else’s perspective towards  troubled teenagers. That the only way to stop them is to kill them. In a way, I see a less dramatic version of that moral quandary in most adults. Deadpool’s side is giving chances to the world’s Russell’s the same way the world gave him a chance. Cable’s side is that taking care of of these children is a toxic burden. That society should dump as far away as possible. We can see how well that worked in the movie – jail made things worse for Russell.

I also saw most of myself in both Deadpool and Russell – I have been that kid. To clarify, both of my parents – well, three of them since my stepmother counts too – are alive. My parents worked hard so that I could go to school, which again, to clarify, had many good teachers. None of whom electrocuted me like the movie versions did to Russell. And I repaid However Only for me to rebel against that institution and the church that propelled them. They wondered why I was rebelling, trying to hint at something, but I just credit my ‘intellect’ as to why. And yes, nothing really happened to me. However I saw things happened to my classmates that I started remembering as I thought about this film.

I was out when I was twelve, the whole school knew, and I was a little punk anyway. There was another gay kid in my elementary school who came out to a priest. The latter to tell my friend that he was going to hell -imagine being an adult telling a kid that. That’s at a school where teachers would feel studen s up in public. Another went to jail for molesting neighborhood kids. I also went to a high school where teachers would give higher marks to white students. He would also lower marks to black ones. One of them would send a black girl to the principal’s office without provocation. Another teacher would say that gay marriage is wrong because of the dictionary while ‘grooming’ girls.

This is probably a familiar story. Besides, most of us ended up being mostly stable adults. That dysfunctional system produced two Deadpools, both of them being quasi-prominent activists. It also produced its share of baddies. Of what would happen if kids like Russell meet Juggernaut (also Reynolds) and turn into Firefist. In layman’s terms, I went to a school with a kid who ended up killing his mother. And I’m somewhere in the high middle. Some of you are probably that our trajectories are natural. There is still that part of my head though. That wonders if their behaviors come from the place where we came from. Or if that produced behaviors that made me treat people negatively because of what I have gone through.

God forbid Deadpool 2 affect its viewers and make them start talking about themselves. So I’m return to talk about Deadpool 2 now. The movie tackling the nature vs. nurture debate is admirable despite of how deep or shallow that message might be. The fact that we see a white lead empathize with a supporting Indigenous character is great. There’s also Domino (Zazie Beets) who markets herself as a lucky hero. She also doesn’t mope about having the same origin story that Deadpool and Russell have. However, we’re still watching two white male characters debate on the fate of a Maori character. In a movie co-written by a talented star who still defines white male privilege. So much so that he gets second chances that no one else gets.

Oh and this movie totally rips off the Terminator franchise which rips off The Night of the Hunter. But The Night of the Hunter didn’t have Cher.

 

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While Paolo Kagaoan is not taking long walks in shrubbed areas, he occasionally watch movies and write about them. His credentials are as follows: he has a double major in English and Art History. This means that, for example, he will gush at the art direction in the Amityville house and will want to live there, which is a terrible idea because that house has ghosts. Follow him @paolokagaoan on Instagram but not while you're working.
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