Thursday, February 11, 2016

Movie Review: Deadpool

The goofy R-rated superhero story has a very cool opening sequence that has been shown repeatedly in the trailers then a lot of talking, after all this is an origin tale. Ryan Reynolds pushes the limit of his comedic ability working to get jokes, some hit, some are just over the top. The fourth wall breaking was fun every once in a while and the awareness of the complications of reboots, spinoffs, and production company franchise struggle over these money machines will land with the movie nerds who paid attention and go over the head of the regular movie goer.

The action was top notch though I always want more fighting and explosions and car chases. The fact that there were only really two scenes reflects the limited budget this superhero got as he isn't one of the most popular heroes. I do think the Deadpool stock will rise especially if this movie is a smash at the box office. The final fight scene had some cool action beats but was interrupted often by the silly banter of the protagonist. There was an unfortunate montage of action that would have benefited from another actual scene of Deadpool hunting. 

I enjoyed that this movie was R-rated. It felt odd that blood showed up as heads were decapitated and bullets flew through body parts in a superhero movie. The cussing also was a nice touch and the writers used their freedom to the maximum extent.

As I mentioned, Reynolds pushed his opportunity and the other actors provided decent superhero roles. Morena Baccarin went with the jokes making a few of her own, which was a new spot from what I think of her as the mourning wife in the Showtime series Homeland. T.J. Miller was at home in the comedy genre and cracked a few jokes but since they were played out in trailers kind of felt old already. 

The villains felt like stock characters and this is where the movie suffers the most. There is nothing wrong Ed Skrein as Ajax or Franic and Gina Carano as Angel Dust but they just felt like the same old thing, a strong evil scientist and his tough sidekick. This is where the movie had a chance to take off in a direction that would have really achieved greatness but they spend most of the money on Deadpool jumping around.

The effects of Colossus voiced by Stefan Kapicic and Negasonic Teenage Warhead played by Brianna Hildebrand were fine, viewers have seen these things and more in other superhero stories. The continuity with other films has totally fallen off but the X-men franchise threw that away a long time ago and never looked back.

Overall, Deadpool is a fun ride with decent action and goofy sense of humor that takes liberties with its adult rating. Fans of the franchises will enjoy it and viewers can find lots of like but it misses the chance to be something really special. 

This movie is the first of six or more superhero movies this year and I'm looking forward to them all!

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