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Overall Rating
3.46

Awesome: 15.38%
Worth A Look41.03%
Average: 20.51%
Pretty Bad: 20.51%
Total Crap: 2.56%

4 reviews, 15 user ratings



Deadpool
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by Jaycie

"A long-awaited fuck-you to Marvel movies, in the form of a Marvel movie."
4 stars

Reynolds, you magnificent bastard.

The early consensus forming around Deadpool is that while the first act is a hella good time, the latter two succumb to the very formula the movie intends to mock. First of all, it's hard to satirize something the audience isn't seeing right then; second of all, while the plot may be on the formulaic side, the details are most definitely not. The world's many sufferers of Marvel fatigue know exactly why Deadpool is a breath of fresh air, similar to how sufferers of Lucas fatigue feel about The Force Awakens. It's not supposed to be the most original story ever; it's supposed to change just enough to leave everyone grinning. If my fellow moviegoers were anything to go by, it did.

In real life, Ryan Reynolds possesses one of the most punchable faces in Hollywood, but it becomes surprisingly tolerable after it's burned beyond recognition and tucked safely away in a mask. He plays Deadpool, née Wade Wilson, intimidator-for-hire with quips for free; imagine a younger, (allegedly) hotter Winston Wolf and you're there. Life is going great for him after a year of increasingly amusing sex with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), far and away the most perfect woman he could want for himself, until he gets stricken with late-stage cancer. (This factor enters the movie so randomly, you'd think they were skewering Nicholas Sparks as well as Marvel.) Wade accepts an offer for an experimental treatment that will also give him superpowers, rightfully skeptical but desperate to live for his lady. Unfortunately, permanently pain-free mutant Ajax (Ed Skrein) is running these treatments, which results in all those fun things in which experimental treatments result.

If this truly was just your average Marvel movie, Wilson would confusedly try to live with his new powers before committing himself to truth and justice and shit. Instead, taking on the persona of Captain Deadpool - nah, just Deadpool - he only has two motivations: revenge and Vanessa. For contrast, Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) show up to try to convince Mr. Pool to join the X-Men, but he'll have none of it. No, he's gonna snark and roll all night and vengeance e-ve-ry day!

This entire conceit depends on quality snark, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick deliver. About 95% of the jokes hit exactly where they should; the occasional misses are replaced quickly enough that you hardly notice them. Some of the plot details are rather slapdash - did Vanessa just stop being a hooker after getting together with Wade? - so they'll need to clean that up in the future. But their success depended on finding the right actor, and Reynolds has such fun throwing out one-liner after one-liner that I expect will be seeing further co-producer or even co-writer credits from him. Baccarin approaches her part with equal verve, resulting in unexpected affection for her and Reynolds as an on-screen couple; you just want to invite them over for a quiet evening of Cards Against Humanity and weed. It's a pity Baccarin only gets one badass moment after we meet her, because it's obvious she can handle more. But as superpower-free love interests go, she's an easy favorite.

The supporting cast isn't as perfect as the Reynolds and Baccarin match-up, but solid. As "a British villain," per the hilarious opening credits, Skrein doesn't have much to do, but his smirk is without peer. MMAist Gina Carano, as his sidekick Angel Dust, has even less to say for herself, but she definitely brings it during her fight scenes, which is all anyone casts Gina Carano for anyway. Hildebrand makes her popcorn movie debut in as spectacular fashion as you would want from a Hot Topic teen; we'll be seeing more of her. Even Stan Lee's cameo matches the Deadpool ethos better than that of Marvel, although you have to wonder how the old man reacted when they first suggested it.

Ultimately, the movie belongs to Reynolds and Tim Miller, a very talented opening sequence artist who is now a very talented director. Not every scene of Deadpool is as gripping as the ones you've already heard about, but when Miller is on, he is on. If there's a perception that the second half of the movie lagged, it may be because he saved the majority of his creative energy for the first half's car chase. If he can keep that from happening in his next feature, he'll truly have proven himself.

Deadpool may never be up there in the pantheon of great send-ups, but everyone involved did their job: They made the audience want a Marvel sequel for the first time in what feels like a long, long while.

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User Comments

4/02/17 Mark Louis Baumgart Could have gone very wrong on so many levels, but it didn't. Yay! 5 stars
2/13/17 morris campbell clever and fun adults only superhero movie 4 stars
10/04/16 Luisa Funny, entertaining (dont like torture scenes) but this movie rocks. TJ Miller hilarious! 4 stars
8/06/16 chad cowgill Takes comic book movies to a whole new level! 5 stars
6/02/16 Chelsie Different taste with some clever humor, but too centered around raunchy humor as well. 3 stars
5/20/16 Jason Lots of easter eggs within the movie! 5 stars
5/15/16 David It´s awesome!!! 5 stars
5/13/16 Chelsie Different taste with some clever humor, but too centered around raunchy humor as well. 4 stars
5/08/16 Andra Birzu I really enjoyed the humor and I was laughing almost the entire movie. 4 stars
4/29/16 Meep Well made but ultimately boring and tedious, same old same old 2 stars
3/07/16 Koitus The bad guys survives - TWICE - being run through with a sword?!? :-( 2 stars
3/02/16 Charles Tatum I knew Reynolds had it in him; too violent but still funny 5 stars
2/19/16 Joseph Woosley It was solid, but the snarkyness grew old and couldn't settle into an action to snark ratio 3 stars
2/17/16 FireWithFire More odious fag-enabling by the queers who run Hollywood. 1 stars
2/15/16 KingNeutron Theater audience laughed quite a bit and we all appreciated it. They nailed it 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  12-Feb-2016 (R)
  DVD: 10-May-2016

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Australia
  11-Feb-2016 (MA)
  DVD: 10-May-2016




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