This is going to be a spoiler review of Deadpool 2, if you don’t want to be spoiled read my spoiler-free review first, watch the movie and then come back.
I love Deadpool. I love the dark humor and the fourth-wall breaking. His character is by far one of my favorites but can an R-rated film be “family-friendly”? Well if you asked the family that brought their eight(ish) year-old son into our theater the answer would be yes, I assume… unless they they thought this was a Spider-Man film, in that case… oops? Family-friendly isn’t quite right, family-centric totally (please don’t take your young, impressionable child to see Deadpool).
In the Deadpool franchise we get to see a lot of what movie fans and comic fans have come to expect about his character. He is as quick with a funny remark as he is with his guns (or whatever weapon he has close by). He has a strong, but strange, moral compass that centers around his idea of right and wrong. Right is love with Vanessa, wrong is killing a child before they commit a crime.
Then they pulled an Infinity War on us. Bastards.
It’s too soon, okay?
Seeing the person you love being murdered (#Spider-Man #BlackPanther #NeverForgiveNeverForget) is traumatic. Deadpool saw your Infinity War and raised you Crocs and cigaret explosion. However, it is the people that chose Deadpool as family, and who he subsequently chooses, that piece him back together.
Deadpool 2 has a lot to offer, awesome new characters, diversity, plenty of creative deaths, and fun dialogue. The Deadpool movies are always what they say they are. Just in a very unconventional fashion and that’s kind of the point: Deadpool is a very unconventional character. It’s why we love him.
In fact, in the beginning of both films, Deadpool tells us what the films will be about. He told us the first film was a romance, and really it was. His motive behind what he did centered on Vanessa and being reunited with her, to show the crazy lengths he would go to for her. The sequel is family-friendly, again very unconventional and I wouldn’t recommend taking your twelve year-old to see it, but ultimately families don’t always look the way we think they should or act how we want. As we see in Deadpool 2 we always have people who call us family and who we call family in return.
So is Deadpool 2 a family-friendly? I think so. Parent discretion is advised.
Was is DP2 worth seeing in theaters? Absolutely.
Would I see it again in theater? See above answer.
Is there an end credit? Yep!