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Watching butcher-comedy ‘Deadpool 2’ with families on Eid

  • Published at 11:37 pm June 22nd, 2018
Official poster and scenes from the film ‘Deadpool 2’

The plot is simplistic, which can be forgiven as the action and laugh-inducing moments are the real crowd-pullers for this film

“Deadpool 2” has outdone its predecessor. Very rarely do filmmakers get their sequels right, unless they are Francis Ford Coppola or Christopher Nolan. However, David Leitch’s “Deadpool 2”, penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, is one of those rare exceptions. The film came out on May 18th, so there is no point giving another glowing review of all the slaughter and laughter. However, the experience of watching an R-rated film with Bangladeshi people and “children” is unique. I will share that experience. There will be some comments upon the film, but to avoid spoilers, not a lot.

Standing in line to buy tickets there were a few funny incidents worth recounting. One “aunty” who looked like she was annoyed with feeding her large family and finishing all the leftovers by herself, took it upon herself to reprimand those who took too long to count their change from the ticket counter. One scolded individual retorted by asking her to stand in line patiently like everyone else to buy her ticket. Her response was that her people were covering that. A security guard charged with maintaining the ticket line, was now escorting another self-proclaimed VIP directly to the ticket counter, all notions of fairness forgotten. Naturally a row broke out with the VIP winning by some magical logic. 

While purchasing tickets I asked the man behind the glass window, whether there are any restrictions for children watching this film? The disinterested man replied you need to purchase tickets for all above the age of three. Obviously he mistook my query for one of those sheepish requests for waiver of charge for children. Seeing the long line full of impatient families and children behind me, I did not press the issue. 

The Transition theatre at Blockbuster Cinema has seating arrangements for 280 people but hardly 40 people watched the film with me. Surprisingly, there were a handful of children under the age of three in their parents’ laps. Usually there are more toddlers at the screening of “R” rated features in Bangladesh, and today’s lack of additional soundtrack from their cries was a blessing. I guess parents in Bangladesh are finally realizing the importance of keeping children away from “sex.” Children imitating violence learned from films was never a big issue for us, as we were all raised on a healthy diet of Dipjol and Misha Showdagor’s “bikrito” villainy.

Now, let me painfully encourage you all to watch this film, without giving spoilers. “Deadpool,” released in 2016, was critically acclaimed by all, and there was palpable tension among franchise fans about whether the sequel would live up to it. I can resolve that tension by saying that the sequel perfectly belongs and even popularizes the genre of “butcher-comedy” started by the first film. The butchering of people with sharp objects and bullets are aplenty in “Deadpool 2.” The comedy factor has been significantly one-upped from the first “Deadpool”, and viewers run the risk of missing jokes while laughing uncontrollably at the ones they are able to understand. Almost all the people laughed continuously, starting from the opening credits till the end. Only their children were sleeping through it all, with the senior s’ attitude of having seen it all. Or maybe the jokes were lost on them. And there are lots and lots of fourth-wall breaking along with popular film references. There can be a fun game of pointing-out and counting movie references, among movie-chums who will watch it at home, with the Blue-ray release not too far away.

The plot is simplistic, which can be forgiven as the action and laugh-inducing moments are the real crowd-pullers for this film. So, those of you who always want to appreciate the “artistic” quality of films please do not ruin this one with reviews. That misses the point. In fact, Deadpool keeps poking fun at writers, to show they are not taking them seriously in this one. Even traditional plot devices are made fun of.

The character development of Deadpool was shown on this film, for those who said he was a flat anti-hero after watching the first one. In fact, Deadpool has been humanized so much that in one scene he cried and urinated at the same time. Isn’t this something we all did once in extreme grief? Come on! It’s not a big spoiler.

The supporting cast has maintained the standards of witticism set by Ryan Reynolds. In fact TJ Miller very nearly gave the main hero a run for his money in comedy. All the previous actors from the first film repeat their roles and do them justice. The new ones outshine them now and then. Josh Brolin’s Cable was the perfect deuteragonist to the titular character, as his delivery of comedy was in a deep no-nonsense voice that chills and makes you laugh at the same time.

Another positive of this film is that it very glaringly alludes to issues like racism and minority representation. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is revealed to be a lesbian, and her girl-friend is equally funny. People, who have a tendency to get offended at such controversial jokes, must remember that the casting choices and the lines were not meant to “be racist”, but satirize the current state of the industry when it comes to these issues.

For concluding encouragements to watch “Deadpool 2,” it has the first Brad Pitt cameo on a super-hero film. And it probably has the funniest mid-credits scene in the history of films, no matter how much the usher at your theatre tries to claim there is not even one, like in my case. I was not going to stay forever in the theatre, but just wanted to reflect on why “awesomeness” ends so soon.  

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