‘Deadpool’ and ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

By on February 24, 2016

A dichotomy of comedies

Like many other youngsters, I grew up reading and collecting comic books. I’m a huge X-Men fan and still hold onto the notion Marvel trumps D.C. (at least until we get a Wonder Woman movie), but the character Deadpool is from the generation after me. I went into the theater knowing little about the character. The trailers showed me he could be crass and is often funny. That’s all I knew.

Boy, did I get an eye opening experience when I made it to the theater for “Deadpool.”

So, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is Wade Winston Wilson, a former Special Forces soldier who spends his time threatening bad guys until he finds out he has cancer. He enlists in a secret trial to make himself healthy again, except the trial is run by the evil mutants Ajax (Ed Skrein, who played the mercenary captain Daario Naharis in “Game of Thrones”) and Angel Dust (Gina Carano, “Fast & Furious 6”). The duo is bent on torturing normal people until their recessive mutant gene takes shape. Wilson’s genetic mutation gives him a superhuman healing factor, which combined with his Special Forces experience make him one tough dude, and he adopts the name Deadpool. He then goes looking for revenge.

If you’ve heard this movie is raunchy, profanity-filled, and tactless to another level, then you heard correctly. This is no super hero for the youngsters. “Deadpool” is rated R for strong violence and language, sexual content, and graphic nudity. There are more jokes about anatomy than in a high school locker room and Deadpool does not shy away from the F-word, which is reported to make an appearance 84 times.

“Deadpool” is a fun movie, especially after the credits roll. Theatergoers who stick around are treated to a Deadpool homage to “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Parents, just mind your kiddos with this one.

Ryan Reynolds portrays Wade Winston Wilson, alter ego of tongue-in-cheek superhero Deadpool, in the film of the same name. “If you’ve heard this movie is raunchy, profanity-filled, and tactless to another level, then you heard correctly,” warns reviewer Michael Upton. “This is no super hero for the youngsters.” (Photo from gizmodo.com)

Ryan Reynolds portrays Wade Winston Wilson, alter ego of tongue-in-cheek superhero Deadpool, in the film of the same name. “If you’ve heard this movie is raunchy, profanity-filled, and tactless to another level, then you heard correctly,” warns reviewer Michael Upton. “This is no super hero for the youngsters.” (Photo from gizmodo.com)

Also in theaters: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

I feel like I had to see “Kung Fu Panda 3” since I recently interviewed Peter Asher before his performance with Albert Lee at the Ephrata Main Theatre. At the time of the interview, Asher had just completed work with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack for “Kung Fu Panda 3.” There’s that, but there is also the fact my kids wanted to see it. This is a movie you can take any child to see.

Po (Jack Black) the panda is back. In this third installment of the lovable franchise, Po meets his long-lost panda father (don’t forget he was raised by a noodle slinging duck after being orphaned), Li (Bryan Cranston), and they travel to a secret panda paradise so the Kung Fu fighter can learn about chi. In the meantime, super villain Kai (J.K. Simmons) begins to wreak havoc by defeating all the Kung Fu masters in China. Growing all powerful, Kai sets his sights on the clan of pandas.

As far as trilogies go, “Kung Fu Panda” is pretty weak. The third installment simply goes through the motions and there really aren’t many hilarious spots worth remembering. Jack Black seems bored, and with the exception of Cranston as a raging bull God, the entire collection of actors turn in lackluster performances. That is calling out names like Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, and Kate Hudson.

My six-year old son told me to say the movie is “awesome.” Everyone’s a critic nowadays!

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