Movie Review: ‘Deadpool’February 13, 2016 at 10:55 am | Posted in Marvel, Movies, Reviews | Leave a comment
Deadpool has arrived and it did not disappoint. Quite simply, this is a violent, crude, hilarious movie about an R-rated superhero mercenary with a mouth. He’s out for revenge, love and laughs. And on top of it all, Ryan Reynolds was a perfect match for the character.
First off, it was easy to tell this movie was going to be good from the get go. The opening credits kick start the humor with lines like “Produced by Asshats” and “Directed by an overpaid tool” while showing a freeze shot of the tumbling car and carnage within complete with Deadpool giving a guy a wedgie. The humor carries through the entire movie with one liners, jokes, sight gags and funny moments. Even the credits have humor with a little cartoon Deadpool throwing in more laughs while riding on a unicorn, and yes, there’s an end credit scene so stay until the end and be rewarded with Deadpool in his bathrobe and tease about sequels.
For those who don’t know anything about the movie, it’s indeed a rate R superhero Marvel movie for adults. There’s nudity (both male and female), language, sex and violence. Marvel broke it’s formula to try something new, and I think it worked perfectly. The Marvel universe is a huge thing, and there’s plenty of room to do movies for kids, movies for adults, and movies for both. Now as someone who hasn’t read a lot of Deadpool comics, I went into this one with unknown expectations. I really didn’t know what to expect other than violence and humor, and I suppose, in a way, that’s exactly what I got. The big takeaway: it was fun! But beyond that, Ryan Reynolds did a great job of disappearing into the character when under the mask, and when unmasked, melding the character with himself to the point that it didn’t matter either way. There’s so many jokes in the movie that not all of them had to hit to work because for every ten, one of them would make you laugh and there were so many it managed to keep me entertained from beginning to the absolute end.
As an extra bonus, this movie ties into the X-men films, and to a lesser, the rest of the Marvel universe. There’s some nods here and there to the Avengers stuff. A mention of S.H.I.E.L.D., a possible helicarrier, and a bunch of easter eggs. But the X-Men ties stole the show. Not only does Deadpool team up with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, both X-Men characters, but they visit Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters, and there’s plenty of jokes at Wolverine’s expense. It’s a nice way to make the world seem bigger, even if doesn’t all neatly fit together, and it provides for some good comedy.
So if you haven’t seen Deadpool, it’s worth watching on the big screen. It’s violent, crude, funny and entertaining. Whether you’re a Deadpool fan or a noob, it’s something everyone with a stomach for adult content can enjoy. Personally, as a bit of a Deadpool noob, I enjoyed it and I give it a four out of five metal bikinis. The friend I went with, who was a big Deadpool fan, absolutely loved it. And be prepared for the urge to rewatch this one, as there’s a lot of lines worth remembering.