Marvel and its nauseating number of outcasts-turned-supernatural and flying men in suits are everywhere, assaulting the toy section at Wal-Mart and the movie theater. I was extremely reluctant to see “Deadpool,” mostly because the last “Avengers” installment made me want to gauge my eyes out and ruined all comic book-turned-movie plots.
The intriguing, albeit promiscuous, ad campaign for the film, however, claimed “Deadpool” was not your ordinary superhero movie. And boy were they right.
Former “Sexiest Man Alive” title holder, Ryan Reynolds, plays Wade Wilson, a snarky mercenary who gets diagnosed with terminal cancer, driving him to leave his girlfriend (Morena Baccarin) and try an experimental treatment. The experimental treatment turns out to be a hoax, and creates the mutant Deadpool (Reynolds). Desperate to look his gorgeous, chiseled self again, Deadpool plots to track down Ajax (Ed Skrien), fellow mutant who is impervious to pain, to restore him to his former self.
It is rated R, and for a good reason. I lost track of the number of sexual references at around 10, and I believe that was in the first 20 minutes. This is not a movie you want to take your grandparents to; maybe “Kung Fu Panda 3” is a safer choice.
So leave your grandparents at home, because this movie is worth seeing. Even the opening credits had the entire theater giggling. Instead of using the first four minutes to drone on and on about the all-star cast and the other jargon no one really cares about, director Tim Miller and his arsenal of writers opted to use generic character descriptions like “hot chick” and “British villain” and “comic relief.” Right from the get-go, the common theme of 17-year-old, hormone-crazed boy humor was on full blast.
The fight scenes did not disappoint, and were not lacking in the gore department; but the scenes were broken up by a slew of quips and asides by the main character that brought the obnoxious women in the back of the theater to tears.
“Deadpool” lived up to its hype; it was indeed not your average superhero movie. It was entertaining, and though it was raunchy and squirm-inducing at times, the comedic timing was right on the money and satirical tone complemented Reynolds’ acting style perfectly.
Plus, Reynolds is either wearing tight spandex or is half-naked, so if you need even more reasons to see this film, there you go.