Sarah Knight Adamson is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and a voting member for the Critics Choice Awards for Movies.

Sarah Knight Adamson and Jessica Aymond are both Members of the Chicago Film Critics Association

Film Rating Code:

★★★★ Outstanding Film- Run, don’t walk to the nearest movie theater.

★★★½ Excellent Film- Highly recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★★ Very Good Film- Recommend seeing the film in a movie theater.

★★½ Good Film- Wait for the DVD, the film is still worth viewing.

★★ Wait for the DVD and proceed with caution.

★½ Wait for the DVD the film has major problems in most areas.

★ Can’t recommend the film.

Incredibles 2 (PG) ★★★★

“Incredibles 2” Directed by Brad Bird. Photo Credit: Pixar Studios

Timely Messages of Marriage Equality and Female Empowerment

Pixar’s long awaited animated sequel to the “Incredibles” (2004) is a laugh-out-loud summer popcorn flick that guarantees to strike a chord with all family members. Not veering too far away from the original formula pays off, as moviegoers’ family reunion with the beloved superpowered Incredible family is sweet. Who knew, a superpowered one-year-old baby named Jack-Jack could steal the show—displaying 17, yes 17 superpowers, of which, self-duplication is the most comical. Talk about up-roaring laughter? Let’s just say, Jack-Jack’s scene with a pesky raccoon could win the best scene comical animation film award, if there were such an award.

With a history of Pixar films dealing with kids and adults’ emotions, that’s not the case here—no dwelling on heavy emotional issues—the script is ‘munch on your popcorn fun’ with comical scenes and ultra fast pacing. Here’s what’s really great, it’s appropriate for 3-years-olds on up to grandparents—rare family entertainment for all. And if you’re wondering if you need to see the first film in order to be up to speed on the sequel; I’d say, not really, all you need to know is that all five family members have a multitude of superpowers, with baby Jack-Jack’s emerging throughout the film.

The family member characters are all back with the original voice cast; Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter (Helen Parr / Elastigirl, Sarah Vowell (Violet Parr) Huck Milner (Dashiell Parr /Dash) and Eli Fucile (Jack-Jack Parr). The film opens exactly after the ending of the original with The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) plowing through the city. Here’s a side note on Ratzenberger, he’s the only actor to appear in all of Pixar’s films from Toy Story(1995) on.

Going to battle with The Underminer is no easy feat, causing major destruction, even though Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl make a gallant effort, the fact remains that “Supers” are illegal—causing the duo to go right back into hiding. The situation changes when their Super friend Lucius a.k.a. Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) is approached with a marketing campaign to bring Supers back in action.

This so called campaign appears shady from the get-go as the billionaire brother-sister team of Winston andEvelyn Deavor (Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener), appears suspicious. However, the duo overlooks the signs, as they desperately want to get back into helping the public. Helen’s Elastigirl is perfect for the face of the campaign, as she’s the most relatable. As the tables are turned with Bob staying home taking care of the kids, Helen goes off to work to run public relations for Supers, while fighting a supervillain named Screenslaver.

Writer-director Brad Bird, keeps the original blueprint focusing on family at the core. Helen tries her best to adjust to her intense feelings of ‘missing the kids’ and being there for family activities. Bob, tries to adjust to new math, Violet’s latest crush, Dash’s frustrations of not being able to use his superpowers all while baby Jack-Jack’s powers are randomly being tested at all hours of the evening. Focusing on the ever-changing family dynamic is a great choice. It certainly lends itself to some hysterical moments.

Let’s not forget one of my favorite Pixar characters, Edna Mode (voiced by Bird) the superhero fashion designer.  At first sight, my thoughts were of Edith Head the costume designer who won eight Academy Awards—with a 5’1” built, black page-boy haircut, large black rimmed glasses for sure the character is based on her. My observations have changed with Incredibles 2, I detect a German-Japanese accent, a red kimono, a strong “I’m right, you’re wrong” attitude, scientific explanations behind the superhero costumes and a heightened flamboyant personality.  So now, I see shades of “Q” from the James Bond films, the boldness of actress Linda Hunt and the unwavering confidence of Vogue’s Anna Wintour. At any rate, “E” is one of the most complex and interesting animated characters to appear on the big screen—I, for one, adore her.

With Edna’s help throughout the film, she even babysits Jack-Jack; Bob joins Helen as she’s in trouble. Staying clear from spoiler plot-points, soon the kids all join in and the film truly becomes an “Incredible family affair.” 

Sarah Knight Adamson© June 15, 2018

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor (PG-13) ★★★★ Review and Radio Podcast

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Daniel Tiger/Fred Rogers with Daniel Tiger from his show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in the film, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR, a Focus Features release.Credit: Focus Features

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? by director Morgan Neville offers an in-depth look at Fred Rogers, the man behind the PBS children’s program, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood spanning several decades. If you were lucky enough to either grow up watching the TV show or to have children that you watched the show with—you, my friend are fortunate indeed—if you’re learning about him for the first time, you’ll appreciate knowing that a kind, gentle man served as a true hero to America’s youth. Indeed the film stays with you long after the credits roll. It washes over you like Linus’ powder-blue security blanket in the Charlie Brown comic strips—it truly renders a poignant—yet enlightening story behind Fred Rogers. It’s high on my list as one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.

And how exactly did Neville manage to shape an amalgamated portrait of an atypical human being, while creating such a satisfying film? I believe part of the reason is the straightforward honesty of the key interviewees in the film especially when they are relaying first-hand stories of how Rogers’s friendship enriched their lives. Neville, actually got the idea for the film when working with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, he asked him how he handled fame, Ma said his friend Fred Rogers taught him about that, and that’s when Neville decided to dig deeper. Ma is featured in the film relaying touching stories about Rogers.

Another affecting friend and actor on the show, Francois Clemmons who performed the role of Officer Clemmons for 25 years, (the friendly neighborhood policeman), who is now openly gay, and when asked directly if he thought Rogers was, he says, “If he was, I would have known it.” There are other scenes in the film with Clemmons that will bring tears to your eyes, primarily when he speaks of Fred as his surrogate father.

Joanne Rogers, his wife is a ray of sunshine, having met in college; they married, had two sons and remained together 52 years until his death in 2003. She has plenty to say about the accomplished life of her long-time husband; she serves as the cornerstone of the film.

You can’t help but marvel at the calm, caring and loving nature of Fred Rogers, especially when you discover the overwhelming—concern, thought and hard work that encompassed a single children’s TV show production. The clips of the shows speak loud and clear for themselves; although Rogers was never loud, he was soft spoken, he spoke slowly, and sometimes he offered complete silence. It’s clear that Fred Rogers felt a deep, personal responsibility to the children of America, in that, he, taught kids about love and that we love them just the way they are, and not who they will become. He covered the tough topics; death, war, divorce, assassination, separation, the NASA Challenger explosion, parents’ work—all to help children understand the concepts and the feelings that go along with them. He wrote the music and songs for the show, along with performing all of the voices of the puppets.

Rogers truly felt a connection with children and all people. He was a super star with kids in his own right; they were in awe when they met him. One child said, “Mr. Rogers, how did you get out?” when referring to the neighborhood set. The same child said, “Mr. Rogers, how are you going to get back in?” 

It should be noted that Rogers received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – bestowed in 2002, for “his work on behalf of the well-being of children and his career in public television.” He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999 after receiving multiple George Foster Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards and “Lifetime Achievement” awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Yet, this humble man never spoke about the accolade’s; he focused his message on empowering the lives of children and their families.

It’s key that we also realize the multi-faceted background of this remarkable person, as it validates Fred Rogers’s life’s work. During High School he was expectedly involved with drama, he spent two years at Dartmouth College, transferring to Rollins College studying music composition classes, earning his BA degree. Upon graduation, he was hired to start a children’s television show, and began taking courses in child development at the University of Pittsburg’s Graduate School of Child Development and simultaneously studying at Pittsburg’s Theological Seminary. Upon graduation from the Seminary, he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister with a charge to continue his work with children and families through mass media.

By all accounts, he was the real deal. Furthermore, most people have no idea that he was instrumental in all aspects of the show. I’m not sure what you’ll do with this information—but I’ve already been revisiting the show on youtube and am here to tell you I’m so pleased to see it with the new understanding that this film has brought to light.

Sarah Knight Adamson© June 10, 2018


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Ocean’s 8 (PG-13) ★★★

“Ocean’s 8” Cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Female Glam-Caper Steals the Spotlight

Ocean’s 8, the female answer to the three previous Oceans’ heist movies, (Ocean’s Eleven 2001, Ocean’s Twelve 2004, and Ocean’s Thirteen 2007) is exquisitely cast with (Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway as the leads) and has the perfect heist setting—the lavish Met Gala (New York City’s annual Metropolitan Art Museum’s fundraiser for their Costume Institute). While the film could be seen as mostly aimed toward fashionistas, the setting of the iconic New York art gallery offers visually more than solely fashion—a whole lot more. The detailed planning of the heist is typically the centerpiece of “heists” films—mainly the locale—with all the magnificent art pieces, along with jewels utilizing the Met as the location, is nothing less than brilliant. And yes, The Thomas Crown Affair did cross my mind during the viewing.

Sandra Bullock, “Ocean’s 8” Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Creating a heist film in which jewels, beautiful artwork, or antiquities’ are the target sets a visual symbol exceedingly more interesting than stacks of cash. Not to disappoint, the film takes a surprising twist near the end that garners an ultra sparkly on-screen image—so bright you may need sunglasses. Ocean’s 8 is unapologetically a ‘glam-caper’ at heart, along with enjoyable eye candy for fans of New York City by Danish cinematographer Eigil Bryld—providing a smart, glitzy, comical film to savor and enjoy—the clothes alone are worth the price of admission.

“Ocean’s 8” Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

In the director’s chair is Gary Ross of one of my favorite top five films, Pleasantville (1998), he also has screenplay credit along with Olivia Milch, story by Ross, based upon characters created by George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell. The premise is simple, a team of females, plot to steal a massive diamond necklace (that weighs six pounds) valued at $150 million, to be worn by actress Daphne Kluger, played by Anne Hathaway during the Met Gala then split the take. Speaking of Anne Hathaway, she’s basically playing an actress playing an actress as referenced in Tropic Thunder (2009), Robert Downy Jr.’s, character, “A dude playing a dude disguised as a dude,” she is hysterical in the role of an insecure, narcissistic, clueless, yet gorgeous actress. I loved her performance!

Anne Hathaway “Ocean’s 8” Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

Sandra Bullock takes the lead of the group as Debbie Ocean, the sister of the deceased Danny Ocean (George Clooney) who’s been released from five years of prison time, she’s also the planner of the heist with a hidden agenda—she has a vendetta with former ex-boyfriend Claude Becker, the conniving Richard Armitage; you see, he’s the one who ratted on her, sending her to prison. Cate Blanchett as Lou, her former partner in crime, the rock-and-roll, nightclub owner who’s mode of transportation is a very cool motorcycle, sports confidence along with a chic look, this gal-pal is at times surprisingly the voice of reason. It should be noted that Bullock and Blanchett are wonderful together—so natural as girlfriends—it’s so enjoyable to see these two megastars onscreen together as leads.

“Ocean’s 8” Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

However, the script has a bit of a faux pas—due mainly to the underwhelming development of the supporting cast: Mindy Kaling, (A Wrinkle in Time 2018) plays Amita, a jeweler who can replicate diamond pieces with cubic zirconia, Helena Bonham Carter (Alice Through the Looking Glass 2016) plays the cash poor, but reputable designer (Rose Weil), Rihanna (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 2017) plays (Nine Ball) the tech-savvy hacker, Sarah Paulson (The Post 2017) plays (Tammy) the fence, and Awkwafina (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising 2016) plays (Constance), the streetwise pickpocket/con artist. A blatantly missed opportunity, we just need more depth with each of these characters along with revved-up pacing at times.

Imagine costume designer Sarah Edwards challenge—re-create the Met Gala, with 300 extras dressed in couture and designer dresses, create wardrobes based on personas for the Ocean’s Eight team, (Bullock’s count is 65 outfit changes, while Blanchett’s are close to 40). How did she pull it off? In several interviews, Edwards stated that Anna Wintour, the editor-and-chief of Vogue magazine was a tremendous help. Edwards’s team on set consisted of 15 styling assistants on average days, and near 50 for the gala shoot. Also noted, the ‘Fashion World’ in general reached out to not only help, but to take part in a film that’s spot-on with their industry. The final result—is breathtaking.

To be sure, the heist itself is dazzling to view especially with all of those drop-dead-gorgeous-gowns at the Met Gala—worn by beautiful people—while the twist and turns of the caper also delight. Check out Bullock’s (Debbie Ocean’s) black Met Gala dress, created by Italian designer Alberta Ferretti with the gold embroidery it’s Ocean’s theme, with marine details, oyster shells, and even starfish. Her crew starting with (Blanchett), wears a Givenchy archived sequined emerald green 70s jumpsuit, followed by Zac Posen (Rihanna), Valentino (Hathaway), Dolce & Gabbana (Bonham Carter), Naeem Khan (Kaling), Prada (Paulson) and Jonathan Simkhai (Awkwafina).

Cue, James Cordon playing John Frazier the insurance fraud investigator and known confidante to the Ocean family. He and Bullock’s scenes are intriguing, as Debbie clearly has revenge on her mind. Cordon cares only about retrieving the necklace and speaking of the necklace, Cartier the French luxury house created the magnificent Jeanne Toussaint necklace the focus of film’s Met Gala heist. The necklace is based on past designs with one, in particular, that was commissioned in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar (a male) by Jacques Cartier and is described as “the finest cascade of colored diamonds in the world.” Aptly named, the Jeanne Toussaint, it is in tribute to Cartier’s former Creative Director from 1933 to 1970, who was influential in building the brand.

Here’s what I appreciated about the film, first and foremost; viewing the women working together towards a goal, the camaraderie of the female cast, the details of the fashion, the comedic moments and all of the attention to details. I’m looking forward to viewing the film again, as the celebrity cameos are purposely filmed for only an instant, while sipping a glass of wine taking in all the artistic beauty of the New York Met, along with the strong female leading roles, sisterhood and sparkle.

The Bottom line: Ocean’s 8 is unapologetically a ‘glam-caper’ at heart, along with enjoyable eye candy for fans of New York City—providing a smart, glitzy, comical film to savor and enjoy—the clothes alone are worth the price of admission.

Cast: Sandra Bullock (Debbie Ocean), Cate Blanchett (Lou), Anne Hathaway (Daphne Kluger), Mindy Kaling (Amita), Helena Bonham Carter (Rose Weil), Rihanna (Nine Ball), Sarah Paulson (Tammy), Awkwafina (Constance)

Credits: Directed by Gary Ross. Written by Gary Ross and Olivia Milch,  story by Gary Ross, based upon characters created by George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Run Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Sarah Knight Adamson© June 8, 2018


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RBG (PG) ★★★★

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Petite but Mighty Force

Upon the conclusion of RBG, a joyous smile stretched across my face, as the feeling of pure elation was my first reaction—yes, 84-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s biographical film presents an insightful and personal view of an accomplished legendary woman—one who paved the way for women’s equality. Surely a crowd-pleasing, historical film with undercurrents of celebration showcasing Ginsburg’s strategic plans over decades in combating sexism for all.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon College graduation from Cornell University. Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen provide a documentary that ventures well beyond the standard Wikipedia page, they spotlight a brilliant, progressive women who graduated from Harvard Law School with only nine other women in a class of over 500 men. To convolute her law school situation, she also juggled a 14-month-old baby and a husband enduring chemo treatments for cancer, Marty Ginsburg. From the beginning, even while attending Harvard, she fought sexism—the Dean of Harvard Law boldly asked she and her female law students—”How do you justify taking a seat that could be taken by a man?” I cringed at the conclusion of that line, and others in the audience gasped.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her husband Marty Ginsburg. Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

When Marty took a job in New York City, Ruth transferred to Columbia Law School and became the first woman to be on two major law reviews: the Harvard Law Review and Columbia Law Review. Astonishingly in 1959 she graduated with her Bachelor of Law and tied for “first” in her class. Upon her graduation, even though she had stellar grades and glowing recommendations, not one New York law firm would hire her, or any woman.  RBG serves as an exceptional portrait of a woman who fought back on sexism at every stage of her professional life, from her Harvard Law days to her challenges of finding employment, to her full-time lawyering work taking on women’s and men’s rights cases, and to her Supreme Court appointment.

What is truly wonderful, is to view the subject, Ginsburg, herself while she reminisces numerous accounts of her loving and supportive husband—Marty, a highly successful New York tax attorney who—happily played a supporting role to his superstar wife. We view sweets moments of the pair together through home footage and televised interviews. He was the cook in the family as verified in humorous conversations regarding her lack of the skill by her two adult children Jane and Steven—apparently, Steven can never eat a particular fish again after his mother, Ruth prepared it. All anecdotes paint a portrait of a woman with a brilliant mind, full of vitality, and one who wasn’t perfect, thus allowing a true humanized tale.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg working out with trainer Bryant Johnson Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

When Ginsburg appears on screen near the beginning of the film, she’s working out while wearing a bright purple sweatshirt bearing two words: “SUPER DIVA!” Her message is clear as Helen Ready’s 1971 song; “I Am Woman Hear Me Roar,” of which, became the anthem for the women’s right’s movement. This petite, yet mighty woman does real pushups—not the fake ones—she’s “all business” even in her workouts. Her trainer, Bryant Johnson of 19 years, calls her a “cyborg machine.” I came to realize that this brilliant woman is following the adage “strong body, strong mind.”

Exploring her love of Opera, she states, “I get carried away, and I don’t think about the cases. The sound of a human singing voice is electric, and themes of justice and mercy are in Opera.” Several opera scenes appear along with a glimpse of Ginsberg herself performing in a non-singing role in which she penned her lines, as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” It was a one-time, opening night role at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as “Notorious RBG” logo. Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Gloria Steinem has high regard for Ginsburg stating, “She’s a superhero!” While Steinem was marching, (fabulous archival footage appears while Janis Joplin belts out a soulful song in the background), Ginsburg devoted countless hours by questioning our countries equal rights laws. The directors liven up the screen, by transposing Ginsburg’s face with ‘Wonder Women,’ and ‘Rosie the Riveter’ the strong-armed icon of WW II.  Explanation of her title “Notorious RBG” is by interviews with the creators of the movement; it’s a take-off of the rapper “Notorious BIG.” Also noted is the song “I’ll Fight” sung by Jennifer Hudson, written by Diane Warren, who wrote the song, “Stand Up For Something” for Marshall, the film about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

The directors do a tremendous job of presenting several landmark cases Ginsberg carefully and tirelessly presented to the Supreme Court, it should be noted that she won, five of the six cases. These were recounted in an informative manner by use of the original audiotapes while the written words displayed onscreen, along with interviews with involved persons. One point is loud and clear; she has spent a lifetime on the examination of the rules that govern our society.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Photo Credit: Magnolia Pictures

The brief, interspersed talking heads include childhood friends, former clients, reporters who have long covered the justice beat, her own family, her official biographers, including Gloria Steinem, as mentioned above, Eugene Scalia, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Lilly Ledbetter, and others.  Justice Ginsburg is now approaching her 25th year of service on the U.S. Supreme Court in the summer of 2018 and has stated she has no interest in retirement.

It’s clear that the death of her mother at the tender age of 17, just before her graduation helped shape her toughness of mind and spirit, she said, “My mother gave me two life lessons, “Don’t allow yourself to be overcome by emotions, and be independent, (meaning, you need to know how to fend for yourself).”  Those lessons have guided her—crafting a role model for all to follow—stay fit, remain calm, plot a course for victory, stand up for others, and remain faithful to your goals.

*Authors note, due to my love of fashion, I must tell you about a scene in which Ruth Bader Ginsberg brings out her lovely decorative collars she wears with her courtroom justice robe. People all over the world send her these beautiful collars; some brightly colored, some gold sequins and some that are intricate designs.

** At this writing Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 years of age. 

Sarah Knight Adamson©

Directors: Betsy West, Julie Cohen

Run Time: 1 hour 36 minutes

Studio: Magnolia Pictures



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Adrift (PG-13) ★★★

Shailene Woodley’s  Star Sails to New Heights 

Shailene Woodley’s breakout role as the spunky oldest daughter of George Clooney in The Descendants (2011) has proven her acting abilities aren’t a one-off—in fact she’s been sailing along quite nicely in Hollywood, with blockbuster films under her belt such as The Fault of Our Stars (2014) and the award-winning TV series Big Little Lies. In the ultra physically challenging role of Adrift her performance now clearly ranks her among her fellow A-list actors. Here she plays Tami Oldham in the harrowing true story of she and her fiancé, Richard Sharp’s (Sam Claflin) journey from Tahiti to San Diego aboard a 44-ft yacht, their dilemma—Hurricane Raymond, which garnered 40-ft. waves and 140 knot winds with only a few weeks into their voyage. The trailers tell us Richard is severely injured with a broken leg and ribs—(I’m not giving out any spoilers here), thus promoting Tami from skipper to captain for their survival—and, to carry the bulk of the film.

And carry she does—as Robert Redford in All is Lost (2015) and director Ang Lee’s Life of Pie (2012) both sea-storm films of survival, Woodley is solo in her fight against nature; her strength, determination, and skill depend on it. Amazingly she appears natural in the role as if she does have experience in and around a large sailing yacht; I’m not convinced a crash sailing course could actually teach the agility and finesse she credibly displays. The good news here, as opposed to the above films, is the human companion feature—ok, hang on, the tiger as portrayed in Life of Pi just might qualify as a companion; although Redford is clearly solo. As viewers, we do hear dual human dialogue (of which needed to be a bit more in-depth), offering a sigh of relief, as we witness the power of love and resilience of the duo in action. Read more…

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Deadpool (R) ★★★

“Deadpool 2” Stars Ryan Reynolds. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

To begin, I’m strongly advising you see Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, before attempting to view Deadpool 2. The original highly successful R rated film is the first of it’s kind in the comic book genre to present a snarky, foul-mouthed anti-hero of sorts with a cynical attitude. Reynolds hit the jackpot with this role, and fans just can’t get enough. So how do you follow up an R-rated comic book film that grossed more than any other R-rated comic book film in history with over $750 million (US) in box-office receipts, and one that came in second of all time, behind The Passion of the Christ? This is a tough question; thankfully, Deadpool 2 doesn’t veer too far from the original, nor does it try to ‘out do’ the original.

Reynolds stepped up to the plate to safeguard his ‘breakout’ character—yes, he has screenplay writing credits. If you’re a fan of the snarky, one-liner, potty-mouthed, red latex bodysuit, invincible guy—then you’ll most likely be entertained by Deadpool 2, as I was—it’s outrageous adult ‘raunchy fun,’ but also darker than the original. The screenplay written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Reynolds is directed by David Leitch of John Wick (2014) and Atomic Blonde (2017).

An obvious fact, but one that needs to be stated, is that Deadpool 2 is the meta-Deadpool, a movie about the first movie’s wild success, and focuses on the likely hurdles that a sequel presents. In fact, it’s so mindful of the situation it blatantly proclaims, “Sequels are unimaginative cash-grabs.” near the opening.

“Deadpool 2” Stars Ryan Reynolds. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

Creative license soars to new heights in Deadpool 2, the opening credits are child-like crayon drawings that introduce the film, they’re all a farce; as in the director card stating: ‘Directed by the guy who killed the dog in John Wick’ as the funniest. Eccentric in tone, the sequences feel as though they’ve been spread out on to a desktop and patched together like a quilt; these random storylines could easily be interchangeable. However, that’s precisely why the film stands out. Writers Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Ryan Reynolds want their comic book character to have above all uniqueness, Deadpool is filled with over-the-top non-conformance.
The entire film references other comic book films, and pop culture mentions, typically by making fun of them in some way; Green Lantern, joke in the credits, Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice’s silly mommy moment, Hawkeye’s lack of powers, Josh Brolin’s Thanos’s two-timing as a character in Avengers: Infinity of War less than three weeks ago, at one point Wade simply calls Brolin’s (Cable), “Thanos,” Logan’s gags you’ll need to see for yourself. Look for chatter of Disney’s Frozen movie soundtrack, and let’s not forget Canadian Ryan Reynolds ode to fellow Canadian star singer Céline Dion. Read more…

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