Movie Review: Deadpool
A review of the new superhero movie Deadpool by 20th Century Fox and starring Ryan Reynolds.
Directed By: Tim Miller
Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand
Sullywood Rating: 8.5/10
So we’re five minutes into this movie (by we, I mean me and wife), and we’ve heard the word “fuck” used more times than I could count. We witness beheadings and other limbs flying off of bodies already drenched in blood. I look over at my better half, wondering if I have I made a mistake by taking my wife to see Deadpool. Full disclosure, she doesn’t like action movies, or superhero movies, or people being shot/knifed/sworded….is sworded a word? Sure enough, an awkward grin graces her lovely face and I’m praying that she enjoys this film. While anticipating the worst for the rest of the movie for my dear wife, all I received was a feast of comedy, shock, and brilliance. And my wife? She loved it!
What Deadpool is, is the superhero movie that we’ve wanted for a while….even if we didn’t know it. Movie after movie after movie of these superhero concoctions have left me wanting less, and hoping for something different. Well my prayers were answered and expectations blown away like a Deadpool victim. This film takes every cliche, goody two-shoes superhero film of the past and chews it up and spits it out. The right thing to do? That’s not even on Deadpool’s mind. It was great for us to see someone for once just be a bad ass, but also not give a flying….well I won’t use that word, I’ve already heard it plenty today.
Reynolds is fantastic as the titular character. Deadpool is honestly what Reynolds was born to play, just like his turn as Van Wilder. Deadpool’s mix of humor, script, editing, and storytelling make you forget that awful piece of crap Reynolds made a few year’s back, The Green Lantern. Don’t worry though, Reynolds knows his mistake with TGL, shown by the nice jab he makes about his costume not being green and not animated in this film. Speaking of jabs, I loved how many times this movie breaks the fourth wall, or as described by Reynolds himself, even breaking the sixteenth wall…..that’s a lot of walls. For you 80’s/90’s kids, imagine Zack Morris referencing Zack Morris while referencing that Zack Morris is referencing Zack Morris. You got that right?
The rest of the cast was also extremely enjoyable and each lent there own ingredients to this recipe of awesomeness. The character of Colossus was extremely interesting. Under that metallic, bulking structure was the conscious of every superhero movie ever made, screaming and pleading with Deadpool to quit being so diddly darn offensive throughout this joyride.
Deadpool was one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had at the movies in a long time and so far this is the best film I’ve seen all year. Do yourself a favor, and toss away your conscious filled superhero interpretations thanks to guys like Batman, Captain America, and Superman, and let loose with this guilty, guilty, guilty pleasure.