Quick Hit: Entertaining, bloody, and true to the character – one insanely good time
Any movie (or person) that can make fun of themselves in a true honest way has the potential to be truly funny. Deadpool, from the very start, is incredibly self-aware. Featuring a great credit sequence, the film instantly gets into the mood to show you that this is not a movie to take your kids to. Deadpool never has been a character for kids, because he’s actively insane.
In the comics, he is a fan favorite. His fourth-wall antics and foul mouth are deliciously fun and refreshing. Both of these translate here. It is fun in a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off way, and is handled very well by Reynolds, who has always been a fan of the character. Deadpool is also ultra-violent, and this movie is that way as well. The violence is presented gleefully, but not in a sociopathic way – Deadpool is in on the same joke as us - that the violence is gratuitous. Deadpool is also a very sexual character in the comics – and this movie doesn’t miss a beat there either. There is a fun holiday montage for all tastes.
it’s a superhero movie. It consistently says and tries to show he isn’t really, but that’s what anti-heroes do – buck the trend.
Reynolds seems to have been made for this role. His physique and fast talking mouth have caused fans to rejoice in his casting since the sad, sad Wolverine: Origins. However, whereas that debacle seemed angry at Deadpool for being who he was, and indeed took away what he truly is (a fast talking mercenary), Deadpool accepts him and rolls with it. The other actors and actresses are good – including T.J. Miller as Weasel. Morena Baccarin is beautiful in the role, but her tongue isn’t quite as quick as Reynolds, and he steals all the scenes they share together (he is the lead after all).
One of the problems that I had with the film was its obvious forcing of X-Men universe items. Of course Deadpool has a relationship with them – he is a mutant after all, and his healing factor (in the comics, maybe this movie as well depending on an interpretation of a certain serum) comes from Wolverine. I liked the inclusion of Negasonic Teenage Warhead a lot, and thought Colossus was a
But overall, damn is it fun. I laughed really hard when I first saw it, and laughed just as hard the second time. Sometimes, those dirty jokes and vulgarities grow old (and time will only tell for sure), but right now, Deadpool has a warm spot in my heart. I give it an A-.
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