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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Deadpool

The first comic book movie of the year... and it's a doozy!

Also, to try and get stuff out on a slightly more timely manner, I'm going to start doing shorter reviews a bit more often. Especially for those films that all but review themselves.


Though it's certainly true that Deadpool is nowhere near the first film to deconstruct the superhero and that in terms of its basic plot, it's actually a fairly straigtforward superhero origin story, it nonetheless feels like a breath of fresh air in an increasingly overcrowded genre. And I say this as someone who largely loves superhero movies.

After being solidly burned by both Green Lantern and X-Men: Origins - Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds finally has a decent comic book movie franchise to call his own. It couldn't be a more perfect fit as Reynolds is clearly having an absolute blast playing our potty-mouthed, fourth-wall-breaking anti-hero and for all the great work that writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (both of Zombieland fame) and newcomer director Tim Miller do here in bringing the Merc with a Mouth to the screen, this is Reynold's film all the way. He has some top notch support from Morena Baccarin as Deadpool's almost-as-fun and significantly sexier Vanessa and T.J. Miller very funny best friend/ bartender, Weasel but, unfortunately, the villains played by Ed Skreen and a terribly wasted Gina Carano leave much to be desired.

Violent, laugh-out-loud funny, irreverent and more than slightly nuts, Deadpool is everything that fans have been waiting for and, as Marvel's first R-rated smash, it looks to set the company in a new, more adult direction for at least some of their films. It ain't Kick Ass but if you're looking for a funny, demented twist on the old superhero formula then Deadpool is most definitely your (horribly scarred) man.

    


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