by Fernando Lyons


Deadpool is the latest theatrical release featuring one of the Marvel Comics characters.  Deadpool is one of the company's most obscure characters, and prior to the movie, many people may not have heard of him.  Due to the character's lack of mainstream notoriety, and overall quirkiness, many viewers will go into this movie not knowing what to expect.  There are many directions that the creative team could have taken, and funny enough, they seemed to have taken almost every direction they could have taken, and a great movie is produced as a result.


Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former special forces operative who works as a mercenary for hire, who falls in love with his perfect match Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), then discovers that he is stricken with late-stage cancer.  In order to ensure a happily ever-after with his new finance, and spare her the pain and torment of his passing, Wilson decides to take an offer, from a mysterious recruiter for a clandestine organization, to participate in a risky, experimental process that would provide him with super powers and in order to rid his body of the cancer in exchange for his service.  During the process to unlock his mutant gene, the leader of the organization Ajax (Ed Skrein) informs Wilson of the organizations' true goals and plans, and things go from bad to worse for Wilson.  Wilson is able to break free from captivity, but is left scarred and disfigured as a result of the torturous mutation process, and vows to hunt down and get revenge on Ajax, whom he thinks has a cure for his disfigurement.     


This movie could fall into any one of a variety of categories.  It is equal parts comedy, action-adventure, and dark comedy, with moments of heart-felt drama sprinkled in.  This movie has a different feel than other movies featuring Marvel's other super heroes, and the quirkiness extends to the opening credits, where the cast and crew members' names were replaced by funny titles, such as 'a hot chick', an gratuitous cameo', an entirely CGI character', etc.  This is perhaps the funniest movie based on any comic book character to date.  This is not the first time that Ryan Reynolds has played Deadpool on the big screen.  Most of us would like to forget that X-Men Origins: Wolverine ever existed, but this movie acknowledges that movies existence with a funny little Easter egg that pokes fun at the original portrayal of the Deadpool character.  This movie is full of great Easter Eggs and hidden jokes, and there are some surprising references to Ryan Reynolds' other appearances in super hero films including, Green Lantern, and Blade 3.  While those previous movies and performances are totally forgettable, Ryan Reynolds' perfect combination of physical presence and comedic timing made him the perfect actor to to play this more authentic version of the Deadpool character.  Deadpool is an unpredictable character that regularly breaks the fourth wall, and pushes the limits of comedy, violence, and sexuality in the comics, and this movie totally captures the spirit of the character.  The supporting cast is comprised of some great characters as well, from Weasel (T.J. Miller), to Leslie Uggams (Blind Al), to Dopinder the taxi driver (Karan Soni), to the NegasonicTeenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand).  While I would have loved to have seen more of some of these characters in this movie, they all got a quality share of screen time, so none of them seemed underutilized, or underdeveloped.  The director, Tim Miller, deserves credit for performing a great balancing act.  


As we can all safely assume of any Marvel super hero movie at this point, this movie has some great action sequences.  The opening car chase and the end fight scenes are jaw dropping.  The effects and CGI were excellently implemented.  The character Colossus was totally computer generated, but he didn't look superficial or out of place in this movie at all.  While this is a movie based on a comic book, this movie definitely is not for children.  Deadpool is a well-deserved rated 'R', with a heavy dosage of gore, profanity, adult humor, nudity, and sex scenes.  My advice is to not take your young kids to this movie, unless you are prepared to deal with some very awkward and uncomfortable situations.       


I can confidently say that Deadpool is definitely one of the best superhero movies ever made.  If you are not sure what movie genre you are in the mood to go see, don't worry, because this one probably has you covered.  Its the swiss army knife of superhero movies, and one of the rare movies that warrants multiple in-theater viewings.  Like all Marvel super hero movies, there is a funny Stan Lee cameo, and a post credit scene to get you excited for the inevitable sequel.  Do not hesitate to go see this one.  Just be sure to leave your kids at home.  




Bottom Line:

+ Hilarious, Quirky, Perfectly Cast, Great Action Sequences, Cool Easter Eggs

                             - Don't Bring the Kids

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