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by Greg Ursic

"Deadpool: he's like Robin Williams, but carries katanas and shoots people."
4 stars

With their larger than life characters and wild story arcs superheroes were made for the big screen, but the transition wasn’t easy; for every X-Men, and Spider Man there was Hulk. But as comics morphed into graphic novels and went main stream their growing legions of fans demanded more and soon they were taking over the multiplexes. Big budget superhero flicks became a safe bet, not only delivering solid returns, but seemingly endless opportunities through sequels, spin offs and merchandising. The problem is, despite the spectacle, engaging stories and top notch special effects they’ve become too safe: the stories are too sanitized, with even edgy characters like Wolverine, being dialed back, so as not to blur the good vs bad trope. Thank god for iconoclasts.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a pretty boy, low level gun-for-hire and first class smart ass. His hedonistic lifestyle is thrown for a loop when he bumps into Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) a gorgeous, no-nonsense ball buster. Soon after they get engaged, Wade discovers he has terminal cancer, and reluctantly accepts an offer from a shady character to undergo an experimental treatment. What he doesn’t realize is the organization isn’t a charity, but looking to create army of subservient mutants to do their bidding. The good news: they cure him. The bad new; he ends up looking like a monster and they kidnap his girl.

Ryan Reynolds first take as Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was far and away the best part of the movie, and it’s astonishing that it took this long to give Deadpool his own vehicle. Thankfully it does not disappoint: the jokes start rolling in the opening credits and it's obvious that this one isn’t one for the kiddies. And the crazy just keeps on running: within minutes villains get skewered, heads explode, exotic sex acts are portrayed and the flow of four letter words rarely slows.

The script is not only self-referential, it pokes fun at everything about the genre, and flies by at a fantastic clip like a hyperactive child, bouncing from timeline to timeline, punctuated by incredibly violent battles and dares you to keep up. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the supporting characters, while thin, are sufficient (I was disappointed that Morena Baccarin’s character ended up being the stereotypical damsel in distress). But it's the humor that keeps it moving along and Reynolds deserves full marks.

Talking faster than a kid on a sugar rush, Reynolds owns the movie, delivering a dose of verbal diarrhea and a non-stop barrage of pithy non-PC one-liners, as hilarious as they are juvenile and the occasional introspective observation. Remaining true to the source material Deadpool regularly breaks the fourth wall and engages with the audience, yet it feels playful rather than gimmicky. It's a credit to Reynold’s abilities that he manages to ooze boyish charm even though his face is covered for most of the movie.

Despite a thin storyline and mediocre effects (they’re noticeably muddled in the big climax sequence)Deadpool[ plays like a crazy mashup between a rom/com, a revenge thriller and a one man comedy tour, that will leave you wanting more laughs, love and viscera.

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User Comments

5/09/19 Dr. Lao Had some amusing parts 3 stars
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
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