Deadpool (2016)

“Surprise, this is a different kind of superhero story.”

Deadpool is unlike any other superhero movie.  Filled with gory violence and raunchy humor, it pokes complete fun at itself and Hollywood and breaks the mold of typical Marvel movies.

Deadpool is the story of red-suited, sarcasm spewing Marvel superhero dubbed Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).  It’s an autobiography in which he breaks the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience and narrating his path to becoming a superhero.  He tells about his fight with cancer and his hunt for the man who cured the disease but left him horrifically marred, forcing him to hide behind a very red and very tight suit.  The root of Deadpool’s narrative however is a classic love story.  His passion for the love of his life acts as his lifeline and the motive that drives him and keeps him going.

The opening scene is done so well.  The camera weaves it’s way through a car wreck, frozen in mid air, as “Angel of the Morning” plays. With the opening credits, the film jumps right into self-mocking and name calling.  With titles like “A Moody Teen”, “A Hot Chick” and “A British Villian”, appearing on screen in place of actor’s names, Deadpool addresses stereotypes of characters found so often in films of this genre.

Ryan Reynolds’ sweet boyish face is a stark contrast to his character’s crude humor and knack for violence but he plays the part perfectly, creating a protagonist worth rooting for.  Wade, aka Deadpool, and Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) make for an exceptionally cute couple and the chemistry between them is undeniable.

The pacing of the film is perfect, as is the script.  While it is a hard R rated movie with explicit content and a large notch up from most Marvel franchises, it is really cleverly written and manages to stay honestly funny without getting on nerves.

Deadpool is an over the top movie with over the top violence and over the top humor, but it’s such a unique and original film that allows itself to sway from the status quo.  In this day and age, good comedies are scarce on the big screen but every once in a while one comes along that is genuinely funny.  Deadpool is one such film.  It’s a great comedy and an even greater superhero movie and no doubt one of Marvel’s best.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/10



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