by T. Mack
This past weekend, Deadpool cursed, bled and shot its way into theaters… and into the hearts of millions of viewers. As trailers promised, the movie was filled with humor, violence, sex and a heaping dose of fourth wall breaks.
In the film Ryan Reynolds plays Wade Wilson, a handsome mercenary who falls in love, gets diagnosed with cancer, then accepts an offer to be healed and improved. Wade technically gets what he’s been promised but things don’t go quite as planned. In the process, he is disfigured and made invincible. Wade renames himself Deadpool and violent, hilarious chaos ensues.
This film is absolutely, exactly, everything fans of this Marvel Comics character have been waiting, hoping, and begging for. Back in 2009, Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast as this same character in Wolverine Origins. However, that film made terrible choices where Deadpool, a.k.a. “The Merc with a Mouth,” was concerned. Fans were outraged.
Twentieth Century Fox shelved plans for a Deadpool movie and hoped fans would forget, which, of course, they didn’t. In 2014, computer-animated test footage (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) for the abandoned Deadpool movie was leaked and fans went nuts. I must admit that I was among them. We took to the internet and pleaded for Fox to turn that footage into a full-length feature film. We promised them we would throw lots and lots of our money at them if they would. The studio conceded and this movie is the result.
In a move of genius that feels rare for Hollywood, the filmmakers recreated that original test footage and used it as the jumping off point for the entire film. Because of this, the audience is immediately thrown right into the action and humor for which the character and his stories are known. Beginning with the opening credits, the laughs come fast, hard and almost continuously. Ryan Reynolds was perfectly cast as this character years ago and remains the perfect person to bring Deadpool to life. He is funny, snarky, sarcastic and cool. He perfectly walks the line between being a douche-bag and being completely likable.
Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played perfectly by Brianna Hildebrand) help to establish Deadpool in the universe of the X-Men and add several positive elements to the film, including a voice of conscience and an extra source of character development. Morena Baccarin does a good job as Vanessa, Wade’s girlfriend. The character is sweet, strong and caring. The audience completely understands why Wade loves her and finds they love her for all the same reasons. Plus, it’s Morena Baccarin, who is totally beautiful, gorgeous, perfect, and hot. So that’s a bonus.
The villains are played respectably by Gina Carano and Ed Skrein, though anyone else could probably have done just as good a job in the roles. TJ Miller offers great comic relief as Wade’s bartender, friend, and confidante, Weasel.
While the violence in the film is not as elegant as that in some other movies (i.e. Kingsman: The Secret Service), it is also not messy, needless or poorly organized. Instead it is wonderfully spectacular and often hilarious (watch for the moment when Deadpool cuts off a man’s head and uses it like a soccer ball to knock out another guy). The script is well-written by people who clearly understand the titular character and why his fans love him. The plot is much more engaging than the vast majority of superhero origin stories we’ve seen in past. And there is no question that this movie deserves the sequel we were promised before this even made it into theaters. There is honestly not much, if anything, to dislike about this movie.
There are, however, a few things you should know before going. First, this film is a “HARD-R,” meaning that the R rating was given for good reason, not simply for technicalities (like one-too-many F-bombs). It is NOT suitable for younger viewers. Second, be sure to hit the head and pee before you go. If you don’t, you might find yourself having an accident during the show.
Third, you will likely catch some feels during this, even as all the gory mayhem is happening. Don’t be embarrassed by this. You’re only human, after all. Also, don’t let anyone tell you this isn’t a great date-night film. Because it absolutely is! Even if your special guy or gal is into sappy, crappy, romantic pulp, they will likely love this movie. There is something here for everyone: action, romance, humor, the pursuit of justice, superheroes, anti-heroes, sexy chicks, bad-ass chicks, sexy bad-ass chicks, sexy dudes, bad-ass dudes, sexy bad-ass dudes, tragedy, redemption, car chases, gun fights, sword fights, and more, including a smart-ass old blind lady! There is just so much to love. Trust me on this.
I highly recommend this film for anyone who likes good movies and enjoys laughing. If you haven’t yet seen Deadpool, you should remedy that ASAP.
Rating: 5 SHIELDS!
If you need more convincing, check out the red-band trailer below. It will give you a taste of what you’re currently missing.
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