Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: Deadpool


Deadpool is yet another Marvel comic that I'm not that familiar with.  However, unlike Ant Man and a few other low-profile properties, Deadpool works and chiefly because the producers and director Tim Miller pulled no punches and went for the hard R rating.  This is NOT the Marvel movie you want to take your young children to.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson (not THIS Wade Wilson for you sports fans out there).  A mercinary thug who gets mixed up with the wrong group of people and is eventually diagnosed with cancer.  To cure his cancer he agrees to become a test subject for a shady organization and experiences some awful cosmetic side effects.  In the process of beating cancer, Wilson is blessed with increased healing ability and he takes the identity of Deadpool (you'll see just why he chooses that name), a wise cracking, ass-kicking, brash, taunting superhero like you've never seen before.

The Deadpool character is part of the X-Men universe and we see a lot of references to Professor Xavier's School, Wolverine and other components of that franchise.  The metal giant Colossus plays a big supporting role as a voice of reason to Deadpool.  Things slow down at times in this film and the pacing is not as crisp as I would have liked to have seen.  The back and forth between flashbacks and present time is a little confusing as well but overall the movie clicks at the right moments.

This film is extremely well written, witty and funny.  We get dialogue that we don't normally see in a Marvel film and Reynolds shows off his wry personality and bravado with constant fourth-wall breaking that lets the audience in on the joke.  The very lovely Morena Baccarin (V, Homeland) plays his gritty love interest and MMA's Gina Carano, Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller and a cast of supporting actors fills in the rest of the narrative.  But make no mistake, Reynolds is the star of the show throughout.  Without his participation, this movie probably wouldn't even exist.  I'm not sure if there's any other actor who could have done a better job in this role.  This is without a doubt Van Wilder's best performance in a film.  The unmasking at the end of the film features a hilarious gag that gives a shout out to another Marvel acting star.

Deadpool was produced and marketed perfectly and joins Guardians of the Galaxy as two of the most surprisingly entertaining properties of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  If you like hard R action and comedy, then by all means, go see this film in the theater ASAP.  Filly expect a sequel to be churned out of the Marvel Machine after this film DESTROYED box office records for an R-rated film.  A very solid 4 out of 5 JRs for Ryan Reynolds at his snarkingly charming best.



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