AM At The Movies: ‘Deadpool’

Above: Ryan Reynolds stars in 'Deadpool'
AM At The Movies: ‘Deadpool’

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller
Directed By: Tim Miller
Run Time: 148 minutes

Grab your chimichangas and enjoy – Deadpool has finally arrived on the big screen and anyone that has been a long-time fan of the indestructible version of Wade Wilson (or likes movies with a lot of dick jokes) is going to love the crap out of this flick.

The first R-rated entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Deadpool stays true to the comic book character’s foul-mouthed ways, featuring more curse words and gratuitous violence than everything else to come out of the MCU in the eight years since Tony Stark first showed up. It is an absolute home run for people that have read the comic or simply like their superhero movies to have guys getting their heads lopped off and a healthy dose of masturbation humour, and it pokes all kinds of fun at the MCU and the various other comic book movies that have come before it.

Ryan Reynolds, who got savaged for Green Lantern, redeems himself and then some, finding the perfect character for his robust talents. Here he’s Van Wilder with superpowers, an expansive arsenal of weapons and a vendetta and given that the smart-ass collegiate slacker is one of the Canadian’s best performances, it should be no surprise he nails this performance.

Everyone else does their job, but they’re pretty much here in service to Reynold’s Wilson.

Ed Skrein does a very solid British bad guy, T.J. Miller plays the comic relief well, and supporting super-powered characters Angel Dust (Gina Carano), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) all stay in their lanes and offer up strong showings in comparatively small doses. This is also going to be the movie where Morena Baccarin earns a new army of fan boys ready to do her bidding because she goes matches Wilson’s foul mouth and mind while showing off some of her naughty bits too.

If you were patiently waiting for Deadpool to drop into theatres, chances are you’re going to walk away claiming it to be your favourite movie in a long, long time and raving about how everyone should absolutely go and see it.

But here’s the thing: if you’re not a Deadpool fan and you’re not prepared for all the dick jokes and repeated breaking of the fourth wall, it can get tiresome.

You know those times you’re sitting around with your friends and you get stuck in a loop of trying to one-up each other with stories and jokes? That’s what happens in Deadpool from time to time – someone serves up a joke, another character volleys it back and then rather than letting it hit the ground so everyone can move on, the rally continues for some reason until that particular joke has been completely exhausted.

Sure, people wanting actual violence from their action flicks are going to love seeing bad guys turned into kebabs and having their antiheroes talk about having naughty times with the foul-mouthed girl at the bar, but for some people, it’s going to be too much and that’s understandable.

If you know what you’re getting into and/or like raunchy action-comedies, you’re going to absolutely love Deadpool. If not, consider yourself warned.

Tags: Deadpool, Movie Reviews

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