Movie review: 'Deadpool 2'

Rock 'em, sock 'em sequel that's even funnier than the first


For this writer, falling for the "Deadpool" movies is a rather uncomfortable guilty pleasure.

On one hand, I haven't laughed this hard at any movie in a really long time. On the other, they're so balls-to-the-wall violent I should be cowering with my hands over my eyes and humming "la-la-la-la" to drown out the squishing and slicing and dying moans of various villains.

But, face it, I've watched worse from Tarantino and Argento and Eli Roth, but never mixed with such gleefully insane humor that made me want to see them again and again. And, the weirdest thing of all is that these movies, especially "Deadpool 2," has a rather warm and fuzzy heart beating inside its nasty little soul.

This time around, the Merc with a Mouth (played by Ryan Reynolds) starts out up to his blank eyes in bodies after taking out a bunch of bad guys. He then hops in a cab with his buddy Dopinder (Karan Soni), and then it's back to his apartment for a little kissy-kissy time with his main squeeze, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).

"Kiss me like you miss me," of course, is her signature line in this, one that will have more poignancy when we see what happens next.

Suddenly, Deadpool/Wade Wilson is plunged into the depths of depression. Even his bartender friend Weasel (T.J. Miller) can't shake him out of it.

So, he falls apart--literally. And, while he's recovering at the X-Mansion after being, uh, collected by Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapcic), he is asked to join the X-Men. So, he puts on a cute little X-Men trainee vest and goes on his first mission with Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and her girlfriend Yukio (Shioli Kutsuna) as they try to resolve a dangerous situation involving a mutant kid threatening the staff of an orphanage.

They don't know it yet, but this kid, Russell (Julian Dennison), is at the center of a wider plot that even he isn't aware of. That's when the legendary comic book anti-hero and time traveler, Cable (Josh Brolin), rolls in. "I was born into war, bred into it," he says. "People think they understand pain, but they have no concept of it. What's the most pain you've ever felt? Maybe the kind that leaves you more machine than man."

But, of course, Deadpool has a way of wisecracking his way through any scene as soon as things start getting overbearingly sweet, sentimental or serious. The script by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Reynolds himself floats a cynical wacky overtone, but underneath there's a pretty interesting current involving redemption.

As the story unfolds, audiences would do well to keep their seat belts fastened and tray tables in an upright position as Deadpool goes all motor-mouth at light speed. One of the ways director David Leitch has ensured this movie's multiviewing appeal is by peppering the dialogue with enough pop culture references and one-liners to keep you busy fighting with the remote. Oh, and he also tosses in blink-or-you'll-miss-it cameos by the likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters and others kinda helps too.

Also, if you're a fan of Deadpool, you know there will be something about Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), so keep your eyes open. Lastly, if you saw "Avengers: Infinity War," there's a little hint or two about the tear-jerker outcome onto which Deadpool puts a jokey spin.

So, violent and yet funny. Yup, that's about it. Can't wait to see it again.

"Deadpool 2" is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual references and brief drug material.

It is showing daily at Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit

Also showing in Taos

The following were compiled from press materials.

Book Club

MPAA rating: PG-13 for sex-related material throughout, and for language

Mitchell Storyteller 7

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage, Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached, Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through her decades-old divorce, and Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. The lives of these four lifelong friends are turned upside down after reading the infamous “50 Shades of Grey,” catapulting them into a series of outrageous life choices.

Director Bill Holderman’s comedy costars Andy Garcia, Craig T. Nelson, Don Johnson (whose daughter Dakota starred in the “50 Shades” movies), Alicia Silverstone and Richard Dreyfuss.

This film will be screened daily.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit

Final Portrait

MPAA rating: R for language, some sexual references and nudity

Movies at the TCA

In this film directed by Stanley Tucci, the American writer and art lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. This happens while on a short trip to Paris in 1964. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees.

So begins not only the story of an offbeat friendship, but, seen through the eyes of Lord, an insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process. “Final Portrait” is a portrait of a genius and of a friendship between two men who are utterly different, yet increasingly bonded through a single, ever-evolving act of creativity. It is a film which shines a light on the artistic process itself, by turns exhilarating, exasperating and bewildering, questioning whether the gift of a great artist is a blessing or a curse.

This film costars Clémence Poésy, Tony Shaloub, and James Faulkner.

This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 27), and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (May 28-30).

Movies at the TCA film series, Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For tickets and additional information, call the Taos Center for the Arts at (575) 758-2052 or visit

Show Dogs

MPAA rating: PG for suggestive and rude humor, language and some action

Mitchell Storyteller 7

Max, a macho, solitary Rottweiler police dog is ordered to go undercover as a primped show dog in a prestigious dog show, along with his human partner, to avert a disaster from happening. Director Raja Gosnell’s talking dog comedy costars Alan Cumming, Natasha Lyonne, Will Arnett, and Stanley Tucci.

This film will be screened daily.

Mitchell Storyteller 7 Theatres, 110 Old Talpa Cañón Road. For show times, tickets and additional information, call (575) 751-4245 or visit