I'm just not a fan of superhero movies outside of the Chris Nolan Batman films. But, because so many people had recommended it to me, I decided to rent Dead Pool 1 a few days ago, and see Dead Pool 2 in the theatre this afternoon.
Both films to me were worth watching. I still get annoyed as hell with all the senseless CG action, but the irreverent wit and funny pop culture references made by Dead Pool himself keep both films chuckle-funny mostly throughout. I think the fact that this franchise is hell-bent on not taking itself seriously is part of the attraction to it.
The budget of the first film was $58M, the second $110M. Both play larger than their respective budgets.
Not having the limitation of a PG-13 rating, this franchise can get downright nasty, and sometimes it's pretty damn hilarious. It's not that every joke hits, but most do. And they are an integral part of the Dead Pool character, who fits so well into our snark-filled times.
I thought Tim Miller did a fine job directing the first film. David Leitch, a former stuntman, did a fantastic job directing the second. I'm really looking forward to what this guy directs in future years.
So in the pantheon of superhero movies, the Dead Pool series is off to a pretty good start. I can't say that I'm anxiously waiting for the next installment, but when it comes out, if MoviePass is still alive and kicking, I'll take the time to check it out.