Deadpool

DeadpoolDeadpool is a superhero movie for everyone!

Well, almost everyone – maybe. It does have a hard earned, well deserved R-rating that limits the reach it has in comparison to other movies of the superhero film genre.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is “a bad guy who gets paid to f*ck up worse guys.” He’s a mercenary, or vigilante-by-hire perhaps. When he meets Vanessa (Morena Nicieza) in an underground bar he frequents, they fall in love. Wade discovers he has a terminal illness and accepts help from a shady character in the underworld – only that help isn’t what he expected.

It’s hardly an original origin story. The entire plot is rather typical. Guy is mutated into having extraordinary abilities and uses those to seek revenge and save the girl. Deadpool isn’t really about the story. It’s its delivery where the stars are earned, and where props are deserves on Marvel’s part for again stepping outside of the expected to stay ahead of the curve.

Just as the superhero genre was showing signs of oversaturation, to the point of becoming tired (to non-Marvel fans), the resounding success of Guardians of the Galaxy expanded their potential. They no longer have to take themselves so seriously.

Deadpool is anything but serious. It’s a complete mockery of the entire genre right down to the opening credits and Reynold’s continuously breaking the fourth wall. We know it’s predictable. They know it’s predictable. They point it out as we think it.

The whole thing is ridiculously fantastic. Everything is over the top! Deadpool uses every opportunity to insert crude slamdunk humour that would be overkill if it weren’t so damn ridiculous. Everything from pop culture references – past and present, to self-referencing jokes at the expense of the film, the genre, or Reynolds himself, to the central role played by Wham’s Careless Whisper.

Yeah, the plot doesn’t matter. It’s all in the insignificant one-liners. It’s smart by being stupid. Deadpool might be most appealing for the 14-year-olds able to sneak in, but there’s more than enough for even the most ‘intelligent’ mover goer to let down their hair, so to speak, and have some fun. If you can let up on the seriousness for two hours, you will enjoy Deadpool.
Four stars

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