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Movie Review: Dead Pool

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Ryan Reynolds was born to play Wade Wilson…aka Deadpool. Deadpool was released on February 12, and brought home $135 million on opening weekend and broke the record for largest opening weekend for an ‘R-rated’ film.

Deadpool has been long awaited by fans and I can say that it did not disappoint, at least from my minimal knowledge of the background. The joy and excitement of this film didn’t just spark from the premiere of the film itself, but rather was sparked with the first trailer, first promo poster, and even the first whisper of the name. Seriously, go check out the promo posters and trailers if you somehow missed them.

This 108 minute film is the origin story of Reynolds’ character Wade Wilson who is a former Special Forces operative turned mercenary. Upon diagnosis with cancer and a fatal end in sight, Wilson gives himself up to a rogue experiment with promises to cure him by “activating his mutations,” which essentially leaves him with fast healing abilities, superhero-like skills, and a darker, more twisted sense of humor.

After all this and armed with his new abilities, Wilson adopts his new alter ego of Deadpool and is determined to hunt down the man, Ajax (Ed Skrein), who nearly destroyed his life, and actually destroyed his looks. While Wade Wilson starts out as an obnoxious, crude guy, the mask of his alter ego allows him abandon all social graces and become even more obnoxious (which is great entertainment).

Photo Courtesy of Fox Movies
Photo Courtesy of Fox Movies

 

Deadpool is one of the freshest movies to come from the Marvel universe in a while with its willingness to try something new. Just in the opening credits you know it’s going to be good when the credits exclaim the movie is produced by “Ass-hats” and directed by “An Overpaid Tool.”

The fourth wall breaks within this movie is something that is wonderfully built in and although they had the potential to be overplayed, they weren’t and the cracks in the wall made the film all the better.  It’s got all the best aspects of a superhero movie, just with more of an anti-hero rather than a hero.  True to its R-rating, the movie is filled with blood, sex, profanity, and dark humor, and tries its best to stay faithful to the audience and source material.

The film is structured and paced nicely, basically acting as an origin story told through flashbacks. It works though. The quick action shots and flashes never lose their appeal. Along with the gritty action scenes, the humor is on point as well.

Deadpool’s script is well-written to accommodate Deadpool’s twisted personality, fourth-wall breaking, and bashing. Reynolds delivers every scripted, and improvised, line with perfect biting sarcasm and wit. Reynolds’ fun and sarcastic attitude delivers the character of this potty-mouthed avenger perfectly.

During the film and in between the gory action, some funny moments ensue with the introductions of Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) from X-Men, and the conversations between Wilson and his buddy Weasel (T.J. Howard). Deadpool successfully delivered all the hype it promised with a focused direction and a passionate cast.

Go see this in theaters; do not wait for the Redbox. The movie is worth the cost of ticket, and maybe even worth the cost of a bucket of popcorn. Also, not like you need the reminder, but stay after the end credits.