Deadpool

deadpool-ver8-acc2e-165786It’s always nice when a comic book movie doesn’t take itself too seriously. Deadpool makes clear from the opening credits that there is no danger of any seriousness here. Throughout the movie, Ryan Reynolds keeps that lighthearted vibe going by dropping references to every other comic book movie he’s been in, as well as a few that he hasn’t, and keeping the patter going even during what would be serious scenes in any other superhero movie.

Deadpool-Guns-OutDeadpool delivers, plan and simple. It is big, loud and stupid, just like it should be. After all, the main character(a) is insane; (b) is immortal; and (c) knows he is a comic book character. There’s really not any need for pretense – we came to see craziness and that’s what Deadpool gives us, from start to finish.

There’s even a bit of love to be found, but only to inject some tension. Since Deadpool can’t be hurt, someone else has to be in danger so the climactic fight means something. But for the most part, Deadpool gives us the merc with a mouth in all his glory, drawing with crayons, forgetting his guns, doling out terrible life advice, and generally being the worst hero imaginable.

And that’s okay! We don’t need all our superheroes to imitate 1960s Batman. Deadpool didn’t teach me anything and I respect it for not trying to. Though I could have done deadpool_clip_hd.0without another superhero origin story. It’s not necessary, it’s lazy, AND I’m pretty sure they already did Deadpool’s origin in Wolverine: Origins (though I’m also pretty sure they screwed it up). So Deadpool makes a misstep there but it’s forgivable since it keeps us laughing while it spins its wheels.  And really, the comedy is the whole point anyway so it’s not a major complaint, it’s just my critical two cents.

Overall, I enjoyed Deadpool a lot (and a lot more than I expected to).   I give it a score of seven self-mutilating escapes out of ten.

 

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29 thoughts on “Deadpool

    1. Sean Post author

      Deadpool felt like less of a superhero satire than Kick-Ass, and takes more of an anything-goes approach to comedy. Deadpool still has moments of superhero satire but they’re mostly X-Men franchise/Ryan Reynolds related as opposed to generally lampooning the ridiculousness of the genre.

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  1. stephellaneous

    Ahhhh, I can’t read this! Haha!
    I’m super pumped to see Deadpool. I’m a total anti-trailer person, because spoilers! But I couldn’t resist when a coworker brought it up a couple of weeks ago. AND I HAVE TO SEE IT!!

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  2. Carrie Rubin

    I liked it too. Perfect role for Ryan Reynolds. Nice to finally see him get a chance to shine. (Though I think he shined in ‘A Woman in Gold,’ but that’s definitely a different audience demographic than ‘Deadpool’!)

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  3. Christopher

    Deadpool was a little after my time–I collected the original Watchmen comics as they came out–but for some reason I’m still really excited to see this–and I’m glad this review confirms what I assumed it would be like.
    And, yeah, “We don’t need all our superheroes to imitate 1960s Batman” but it sounds like Deadpool has some of the same self-aware smirking as the 1966 Batman film.

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    1. Sean Post author

      When I made the comment, I was actually thinking of the 1960s comics as opposed to anything starring Adam West. I’ve never seen the 1960s movie but watching the TV show as a kid, I always took it at face value. I am glad to learn it was actually smirking underneath. Maybe the same thing was going on in the comics but if it was I missed it!

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  4. indiefan20

    I never watched a lot of Ryan Reynolds’ romantic comedies, so now whenever I see him I picture him as the guy with the heads in his fridge in “The Voices.” From watching “The Voices” and “Buried,” I’d say he’s definitely not as bad an actor as people make him out to be. I’m unsure of whether to watch this movie, the trailers didn’t really endear the movie to me and I can be picky about humor. But I might give it a try when it comes to DVD. Great review!

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  5. John Charet

    I thought Deadpool was very good (* * * 1/2 out of * * * *). I will admit that it would have been even better movie If Paul Verhoeven was the director (He did the 1987 Robocop and Starship Troopers) Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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  6. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy

    This is the only review on Deadpool that has made me want to see it at all. I could see that people enjoyed it and the lead-up to it was irreverent and different (which I like), but that was the only thing I knew about the movie (I didn’t seem to get any information on the movie itself from any of it, which for me means that I’m not going to have any desire to go see it).

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  7. Rémi Dallaire

    I like your review. It’s to the T except the gripe about another origin story. … I mean call me an A-hole all you want but a story has a begining , a rising action and an ending. (No shit ?? duhhhhh). And well Deadpool’s character HASTO be explained to Granny and all the 7 – 12 years old kids who will be following the familly to the theater . And Granny still vote sooooooo…. The origin story HAS TO be told. Or the universe might shattter and transform into a smushed gelly donnut made by a mexican with dirty hands and bought at your friendly neiborhood 7/11….

    Also it’s a movie ….It’s not porn…You have to watch the whole thing instead of skipping to the good part where the fat lady get’s it in the A. And just because you wanna selfishly climax faster and get on with your life doesn’t mean that others have to suffer and watch a completely messed up movie with no origin and no sense what so ever…… Anyway……

    I think deadpool just changed a few rules in the movie making business. I think it deserve to pass the (yawwwwwwwwwwwwn) damn shawshank redemption on IMDB,

    I give it a 10 stars. Than again I’m a fan of the comic so maybe my jugement is Impaired because of it.

    Sincerely

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  8. Jay

    I actually think including the origin story here was idiotic. If Deadpool knows he’s a comic book character, then the only original origin is to show some sweaty guy drawing out of proportion muscles on his binder in high school. The rest is unacceptable.

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    1. Jordan Dodd

      I thought the origin story dragged on for ages, and they flipped back to it at least twice, which killed any momentum. And for all its self-awareness and self-deprecation, it is still a generic superhero movie, complete with a big CGI explosion at the end. I really don’t see the appeal in this, but its a superhero movie and they are what sell tickets unfortunately.

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