Movie Review – “Deadpool”

“Deadpool” is a breath of fresh filmmaking. By no means does it only take the superhero routine less traveled. Rather, it forges its own path with a simplistic but humorous jaunt, casting likeable street stars with hip, sassy tongues.”

Patrick King, REEL BRIEF

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“Deadpool”, the latest saga sporting the Marvel Comics brand name, gives moviegoers a splendid dose of humor, cartoonish violence and raunchy innuendo for a huge box office win over this past weekend. With a witty script and an intriguing cast of characters, Ryan Reynolds’ comedic side shines bright. Very bright. I can easily call this fast-talking, smart aleck performance by People magazine’s 2010 “Sexiest Man Alive”, as Reynolds’ crowning film to date.

First-time director, Tim Miller, immediately grabs the attention of viewers from the opening credits, creating several hilarious moments which avoids any resemblance to cliché superhero starts or previous Marvel launching points. Miller smartly introduces us to Reynolds’ former Special Forces and mercenary character while using flashbacks to build up the “Deadpool” persona, pinpointing the culprit for a disfigured body.

After a seven-year drought, “Deadpool” once again touches base with the lesser known “X-Men” series. This film, though, doesn’t feel like a continuation of 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” or even a next chapter in the overall Marvel Collection. Instead, it’s a standalone film that makes the Wade Wilson (Reynolds) fight personal. Yes, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played nicely by newcomer Brianna Hildebrand) lend a helping hand to Deadpool. But there’s no evil-doer threatening the entire world and must be stopped in this high-octane film.

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“Deadpool” marks Marvel’s riskiest ride ever, using explicit adult themes and sexual tones to deliver a bold, edgy, and youthful action hero story. “Homeland’s” eye-catching Mrs. Brody (Morena Baccarin) plays Reynolds’ convincing love interest and bed warmer. Her sexy Vanessa role, is the prize sought by all in the film’s final end game.

Viewers looking for a safe, science fiction adventure will surely be caught off-guard by the rogue ways of “Deadpool”. It’s cunning dialogue and violent delivery casts this film firmly into the deep end of the adult pool. A cruel doctor with bad intentions mutates and disfigures humans for sport. An almost thug-like guy, claiming to be “Super. But I’m no hero” formulates his revenge plan to right a terrible wrong.

As one concerned in recent years with over-saturation of the Marvel products, I find “Deadpool” a breath of fresh filmmaking. By no means does it only take the superhero routine less traveled. It forges its own path with a simplistic but humorous jaunt, casting likeable street stars with hip, sassy tongues. Together, they’ve earned the highest R-rated weekend at the box office in U.S. history. WHAM!

P.S. Be sure to stay for post-credit scenes.

Grade: A

“Deadpool” is rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity. Its running time is 1 hour and 48 minutes.

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