Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Film Review: Deadpool (2016)

Deadpool (Review)
United States/2016
Format Viewed For Review: CinemaNow Rental
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"It's an all-around entertaining package."

The story of wisecracking Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) and his path to becoming notorious anti-hero Deadpool.

Deadpool is your classic superhero origin story – except it's not. The film begins with some unique opening credits and a comically violent opening action sequence involving our titular superhero. This violent sequence is occasionally paused for some convenient flashbacks. Within the flashbacks, we learn about wisecracking Wade Wilson, a former special forces operative turned mercenary (I've never heard that one before), his love live, and his struggle with cancer. Of course, we also learn how he came to be such a mischievous anti-hero. Eventually, it gets caught up – Deadpool himself will let you know when this occurs – and it begins to follow a more familiar formula. Still, the climax is action-packed and the ending is great.

Captain Deadpool is a fantastic film. It's as much an action superhero films as it is a spoof of the genre. Its blend of bloody action and quirky (kinky?) humor sets it apart from other films in the genre, but it still feels familiar. Sure, the formula can be dismissed as cliché, but it didn't really bother me here. The familiarity was welcomed. It allowed the film to have a sturdy structure to fall back on. Besides, the gory action and risque humor were enough to set it apart. And, trust me, the film is filled with action and humor. The action, which consists of bullets, swords, and explosions, was great, but I preferred the comedy. There are traditional comedies that couldn't make me laugh as much as Deadpool. The 'McAvoy or Stewart' quip, the fisting joke, the Stan Lee cameo... It's gold. It's an all-around entertaining package.

Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool. His glands pour charisma instead of sweat. He fits the mold perfectly. Ed Skrein, who plays Ajax, is also great as the villain. (He's much better here than he was in The Transporter Refueled.) The supporting cast is great. The film looks and sounds great, too. I liked the gritty style and the choice of music was fantastic. You can't go wrong with Wham! and DMX. The film is written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Tim Miller. The writing and direction work hand-in-hand, creating a stupendously entertaining motion picture. It can be a bit heavy-handed in its meta humor, but it ultimately works.You can see the film was fine-tuned to create a balanced package that never overstayed it welcome.

Overall, Deadpool is a fantastic film. There are a few minor issues here and there, but it was ultimately a very entertaining movie. Hell, it's one of the most entertaining films I've seen in awhile. As someone who's been growing tired of the same ol' superhero movies releasing every other month, Deadpool was a breath of fresh air. If you're looking for something action-packed and humorous, don't miss out on Deadpool.

Score: 9/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, sex and nudity.

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