Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Ed Skrein
Directed by: Tim Miller
Written by: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min
Okay, Deadpool is freakin’ awesome! Everything the trailer promised and more. Violent, bloody, funny, irreverent, witty, a little insane and actually touching in places. As Deadpool says during one of his many hilarious conversations with the audience, “this is a love story.” It was released in time for Valentine’s Day after all.
If you’re looking for a break from the usual PG-13 visual effects driven ‘products’ that belong to a Marvel phase of operations, this is the film for you. Deadpool is completely cognizant of its position within the greater superhero movie universe, and it isn’t looking for your approval. I’ve read a few Deadpool comics (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe is recommended) and this adaptation is exactly how I imagined this character would exist on the silver screen. It pokes fun at the studio, and even references X-Men casting choices. Nothing is off-limits or too politically incorrect! Even Ryan Reynolds as Pool ribs Ryan Reynolds the pretty boy actor for all looks, no talent. This film really doesn’t care, and that’s why it’s wonderful!
It also somehow manages to build a convincing, if somewhat unconventional love story to move the plot forward. Giving its titular character a good reason to move through this narrative, instead of lazily dropping him off to shoot and slice his way through overblown action set pieces. His actions have meaning, and his goals are clear. This isn’t a set of ‘moments’ strung together with empty witty dialog. There’s a story and characters to care about, and this is soooo going to be part of my Blu-ray collection later this year.
This isn’t your usual Marvel movie – it’s bloody violent. R rated people! Not suitable for kids. Also, make sure you stay to the end of the credits for a little more Pool.
This film doesn’t have a huge budget, and it shows sometimes. A crowded theater visit should be fun, and at home a HD screening on your TV or laptop will deliver this film effectively enough.
Best Moment: << spoiler >>
Deadpool tries to take on Colossus (big bloke made of metal) and as each fist and foot strike their target, they are badly injured. The pacing and dialog in this scene is perfect, and very very funny!