Is 'Deadpool 2' Too Stale to Be a Hit?

Some reviewers are unimpressed with the upcoming Deadpool 2, saying that what seemed fresh way back in 2016 is now tired and annoying. Sophomoric profane humor, tiresome pop culture references, constant fourth-wall breaks. It all adds up to a grating movie experience, say some. Of course, you could accuse the original Deadpool os relying on all of those things, and that movie was a huge hit. One should never underestimate the appeal of sophomoric humor and pop culture references.

Via Us Weekly.

Start the Jeopardy! theme music and think of a comedy sequel that exceeds the original. Can’t do it, right? What seemed surprising, fresh and hilarious at the outset automatically breeds familiarity the second time around. That’s why Deadpool 2 was destined for disappointment. Even the anti-superhero’s brutally funny contempt for rival Wolverine loses a bit of luster because of the anticipated punch lines.

The clawed X-Men member is a source of about five barbs in Deadpool 2, and he has truckloads of company. Batman, Passion of the Christ, Eleven, Hawkeye, Yentyl, Dave Matthews, Patrick Stewart, Justin Bieber, Jared Kushner, Fox & Friends, Black Panther, Cher, dubstep, Frozen, and star Ryan Reynolds himself are just some targets that immediately jump out. Our favorite mercenary is merciless. Except that in two years, he’s gone from the goofy class clown to the annoying wiseass in the back room spewing crude insults to amuse himself.

He’d be the first person to admit it. Deadpool, who became an embittered mutant because of a sinister lab incident, is nothing if fully aware of his place in the cinematic universe. Early on, he boasts about his movie’s overseas box-office take. He also blasts the studio for not including more X-Men in his saga. Also, for spoiler’s sake: For those who didn’t see Logan, he pretty much ruins the end within the first two minutes.

And now, on with the wisp of the story! Wade Wilson was already miserable because his burned face resembles Freddy Krueger meets a Pizza Hut cheesy pie; now he’s ready to obliterate himself. His one true love (Morena Baccarin) is gone, and he’s a broken, un-killable man.

So then … know what? Deadpool likes to break the magical fourth wall so much that I’m going to take a cue for the rest of this review. All you need to know is that he recruits a bunch of misfit mutants — including Bedlam, Shatterstar, Domino and Peter — to protect a boy from a time-traveling villain named Cable (Josh Brolin). I’m foggy on Cable’s origins and motives. I’m also baffled as to how Brolin, our favorite former Goonie, was cast in the bad guy role in two Marvel movies this summer. Better believe our fast-talking title character is baffled as well.

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