“Deadpool” Movie Review

Let’s face it; this is the one you were really waiting for. If social media indicates anything, it should be. Far from being your folks’ superhero flick, this stunning directorial debut from Tim Miller was released on February 12th, 2016, since then breaking several box office records for February movies and R-rated movies. And boy, does it earn that MPAA rating. While many movies such as Boyhood are just rated R for swear words and drug use, Deadpool is definitely the first hard R superhero movie. Bloody violence, sexual content, plenty of F-bombs, and at least half a dozen masturbation jokes populate this outlandish romp. Having garnered terminal cancer and without any alternatives, Special Forces soldier Wade Wilson makes a deal with the devil by agreeing to become a part of a mysterious program that can turn normal folk into mutants with super powers. After his treatment goes horribly wrong, Wilson, now the masked vigilante Deadpool, starts a manhunt for the man who destroyed his life. What surprised me was how the plot of the movie seemed pretty cut and dry, albeit a bit formulaic. So while it can’t tell a fairly original story like Ant Man, it uses the simplicity to its advantages. Whatever nightmares fans have had about Ryan Reynolds’ appearance in Xmen Origins: Wolverine is completely washed away. They even poked fun at it with a brief shot showing an action figure of that…monstrosity. Ryan Reynolds delivers the performance of his career as the titular character. He is one of the few actors I can safely say was born to play a certain superhero. He may be an asshole for a chunk of the movie, but he’s still really lovable. Ed Skrein and Morena Baccarin portray the charismatic villain and the beautiful love interest, bringing a feeling of sincerity to the somewhat ridiculous screenplay. T.J. Miller stands out from the crowd as the hilarious sidekick that makes comparisons of sex to alcohol beverages. To be honest, I would still paid money to see two hours of Reynolds and Miller riffing off one another. Now on to the jokes. The writers clearly knew what kind of movie they were doing. I assure you, half of the superhero movies released are half as self aware as Deadpool. It knew every single line of dialogue of when to be serious and when to be meta. My personal favorite fourth-wall break was when Colossus was talking about Professor Xavier and Deadpool asks “Stewart or McAvoy? This whole alternate timeline really messes me up.” Pure genius. Speaking of Xmen, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Wardhead, played by Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand, don’t do or say much, but still provide some funny jokes. On a another note, I have never seen a more brilliant opening credits sequence this decade. Without actually adressing any names, it instead says things like “Starring a CGI character and a Moody Teenager” or “Directed by a Talentless Tool.” As for the action, it’s exciting and well choreographed. Remember that leaked test footage from a few years ago just after Comic Con? The opening fight scene was pretty much that test footage verbatim. In the end, Deadpool is one of the funniest comedies I’ve ever seen and some of the most fun I’ve had with an action movie. I promise that many other studios will start making R-rated superhero films sooner than expected. And if your girlfriend asks you to take her to see Deadpool, immediately buy her an engagement ring.

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