Friday, July 30, 2021

‘Deadpool’ Off the Charts, ‘Single’ Suffers, and ‘Zoolander 2’ is Clueless

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) in a scene from 'Deadpool.'
Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Blind Al (Leslie Uggams) in a scene from ‘Deadpool.’

Deadpool” is off the charts!

From the opening scene accompanied by Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop” to DMX’s recurring “Gon’ Give It To Ya,” audiences get the tone of the movie and know there’s a good time to be had.

Irrespective of the violence, stale “good hearted hooker” theme, and penis obsession jokes, “Deadpool,” directed by Tim Miller, pulls out all the stops—and theatergoers—in with it’s humor, action, and irony.

Revenge is a bitch and Wade Wilson/ Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) takes no prisons. Based on Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, “Deadpool” tells the story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Some of the most hilarious moments are when the movie makes fun of itself, from the snipes at “Green Latern,” “Sexiest Man Alive,” to “X-Men” references and Hugh Jackson. And kudos go to the filmmakers for casting Leslie Uggam as Blind Al.

How to Be Single,” directed by Christian Ditter and starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, and Damon Wayans Jr. is the run of the mill singles’ flick of females running amok in the big city looking for Mr. Right. Alice (Johnson) is also looking for herself, ho-hum! She meets slutty Robin (Wilson) and they become good friends. Alice also becomes a support system for her sister, a doctor, yearning to have a baby.

The overweight, obnoxious Robin was poised to be the laugh factor for this lackluster, uninspired, ridiculous rom-com romp. The reviewer for a popular New York free daily newspaper obviously knew what to expect because the initialed writer apparently didn’t show up or stay to the end of the film. He/she wrote Alice was “coming out of a failed relationship.” Her relationship was solid but Alice wanted to sow her wild oats.

The reviewer then writes Alice’s sister, Meg (Mann), has a “relationship with a younger man [that] leads to a pregnancy.” What? Was I at the same screening? In “How to Be Single,” a good portion of the movie was spent on Meg trying to hide her pregnancy because she had become artificially inseminated before she met the “young man.”

“Zoolander 2” is definitely a film I would’ve walked out of in the first 15 minutes had I not had to review it because it was so painful to watch. Moviegoers should be paid to watch this film because it’s the worse piece of mindless, senseless and humorless crap I have seen in a long time.

What’s so funny about repeatedly hitting Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) in the head with “hard objects” or Hansel’s (Owen Wilson) harem that includes Kiefer Sutherland? The writers don’t have a clue as to how to make absurd situations funny. Just because it’s weird and stupid does not make it funny, nor having a slew of familiar faces onscreen.

“Zoolander 2,” directed by Stiller, is a sequel to the 2001 fashion satire. Although it didn’t do well, it gained a cult following and made “Zoolander 2” possible.


Syndicated Entertainment journalist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at [email protected]  –  Twitter: @thefilmstrip

Marie Moore
Veteran syndicated journalist who covers film and television.



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