–Review by Guest Reviewer Dan Payne
Would you travel back in time to kill a teenage Jeffery Dahmer in order to stop him from becoming a serial killer? That is one of the many themes of Marvel Comics Movie Deadpool 2.
On the surface, Deadpool 2 is a violent, rude, vulgar, and irreverent superhero movie. It is the kind of movie where the weak stomached and easily offended need not watch.
However, if you look past all of the seemingly obligatory gunplay, profanity, and special effects, you find a movie that asks “would you die for a future serial killer”? Would you give up being immortal in hopes that a person might not become evil?
Even though it is in the same genre as many of the superhero, comic book, and cartoon movies, it is extremely violent. Deadpool is not a Christian movie. However, if one watches it, the themes of love, repentance, forgiveness, and restoration are very apparent. The character Deadpool sacrifices his life to save a teen from being killed.
Deadpool is the reluctant hero. He initially wants nothing to do with anyone because of the death of someone close to him. He initially pushes everyone away but discovers healing in caring for others.
In an ironic twist of his anti-hero persona, talking smack about love all the while, the character Deadpool’s deeds show love. If actions are the witness of the heart, then Deadpool is genuinely a superhero. Even in the middle of extreme violence, we see self-sacrifice exhibited by several opposing characters. Knowing who the real bad guy is in the movie is not easy. In most movies, a villain is always an evil villain and the good guy is always good. Not so in Deadpool 2. Deadpool 2 (probably and most likely not intentionally) lays out a message of redemption.
This movie is aimed at the Comic book, Sci-fi crowd. With the massive amount of movies being released such as Spiderman, Superman, Black Panther caters to a growing audience. What this movie, like so many others is a sign that people are looking for something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a relationship and be rescued by a Super Hero. They may even dream of being the superhero themselves. The main take away from this is that people want to be a part of a grand story. The grand story they are looking for is Jesus. Let us invite all to join us in the Jesus story.
Dan Payne is pastor of a hybrid Internet church. He is an unashamed movie nerd. He has more letters next to his name than he is willing to list. He is currently working on “another” degree from Portland Seminary in Semiotics and Future Studies. Dan lives in Georgia with his wife Donna and their 3 four-legged overlords (cats).