February 12, 2016
Review #779: Deadpool.
Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson / Deadpool), Morena Baccarin (Vanessa Carlysle), Ed Skrein (Francis Freeman / Ajax), T.J. Miller (Weasel), Gina Carano (Angel Dust), Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic Teenage Warhead), Stefan Kapičić (Peter Rasputin / Colossus), and Leslie Uggams (Blind Al). Directed by Tim Miller.
I didn't know what to expect with Deadpool, but I decided to go with it not only because it had been nearly two months since the last time I went to the theater to watch a new movie, but because I wanted to see how an R-rated Marvel movie (the first one of those in quite some time) would pan out. Yes, a movie doesn't need to be R to be good, but restricting yourself to PG-13 (like some certain movies) doesn't help either, and this movie certainly pulls all the punches needed to make for a really entertaining movie. For all of the years that it took to get Deadpool onto the screen (and an appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine that I (and probably you) have no recollection of), it seems that it certainly was worth it with the end result, with the biggest reason for the movie's success being the script + Ryan Reynolds, both working a great pace to make a really funny, really offbeat lead character, who truly is the "Merc with a mouth".
The movie works at such a rapid pace (even when focusing on the origin part of Deadpool), and the cast works really together, especially Reynolds-Baccarin, and even Skrein (our villain) gets a few good barbs here and there. The movie is certainly not family-friendly (good!), but it isn't just flat out profanity, especially with the spectacular (if not gruesome) action. From the opening credits, the movie establishes itself as one with no real rules, and it goes on from there, completely going off-the-wall into a territory on a completely different level from other comic book films made by 20th Century Fox (or Marvel), especially when Kapicic and Hildebrand (according to Deadpool, the only two X-Men the studio could afford to put on screen) are in the picture. To spoil the movie is no fun, you need to see the movie in order to at least see if this...unique kind of bizarre movie is for you. And as it should be, stay for the end credits.
Overall, I give it 8 out of 10 stars.