I think it’s safe to say that more often than not, hype isn’t the greatest thing for a movie. It can create unrealistic expectations and can leave a lot of people with nothing but disappointment regardless if the film was in fact well made. However sometimes, in more rare occasions, the film can reach the heights of the hype surrounding it and ever rarer so it can surpass all expectations completely. In my humblest of opinions, Deadpool surpasses the massive level of hype practically bursting from the seams of every new piece of footage released, every new photo and every new silly promo featuring the Merc with a Mouth.
This movie is pure entertainment from start to finish. The opening credits are even funny; I mean the literal words stating who the producers of the film are, who the cast is and who directed this crazy, uncertain kind of movie. There was so much working against this and somehow it bypassed all of it with the potential of becoming a modern classic. This was a film for the fans, by the fans starring a man that knows how important the fans are to a film’s success. Ryan Reynolds IS Deadpool.
This is the most “Ryan Reynolds-y” he has ever been since his Van Wilder days. And I mean this as a great compliment. His quick wit, leading man looks and affinity to listening to what the people want, he helped bring the world this brilliant piece of cinema. Obviously I say this to anyone who helped make this possible but specifically to the man himself – On behalf of the fans who I know will love this movie as I do, thank you. It could not have turned out any better.
The violence is plentiful, special effects are rampant (but not overwhelming, don’t worry), but above all where this truly shines is in the comedy. When I say they went for the R rating, I mean THEY WENT FOR IT. This is as vulgar as any raunchy Apatow produced comedy that came before it. The jokes are offensive (in the greatest way) and the movie is all the better for it. I can’t say this enough, this movie is an absolute laugh riot. From the breaking of the fourth wall, to acknowledging past mistakes involving Green Lantern and a previous version of Deadpool that inexplicably had his mouth essentially removed are brought up and made fun of to a great extent and rightfully so. The self awareness is absolutely everywhere in this film. Deadpool knows he’s in a movie, he knows you’re watching and he wants you to really enjoy yourself as he shoots, kills, maims and makes fun of his adversaries.
While a large focus of this movie is the comedic side of things, it does contain its more serious moments. I can imagine some might see this as an inconsistency in tone but for me it worked. It couldn’t be anything but off-the-wall pop culture references and masturbation jokes. Even in a comedy the characters’ development is important and the more serious moments take care of the exposition and progression of character arcs.
I don’t have much else to say other than any doubts you may have, leave them behind because this is one for the win column. This was made by people who cared about their project and took every effort to make something we can all be proud of. It’s funnier than most straight up comedies, it’s plenty violent to satiate those looking for blood and potential for future outings with these characters is there waiting to be seen and experienced and sought after. I am clamoring for more Wade Wilson and Company and more screen time with them can’t come soon enough. The hype was absolutely bested this time and hopefully this will usher in a new wave of comic book stories aimed at adults. Sorry kiddos, you’re going to have to wait until you’re a bit older, this one’s for the kids disguised as grown ups. Call the babysitter, leave them alone unsupervised and be the bad parent (I don’t care, they’re not my children), and see this movie. All hail, DEADPOOL!
P.S. To the lady asking for a PG-13 version of the film: Seriously, it would be a 15 minute borefest and I’m sure you would find a way to complain about it anyway. It won’t work as anything other than R rated. I promise.
Rated R For: strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity
Runtime: 108 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes, and it’s fantastic.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Comic Book
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ed Skrein, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano
Directed By: Tim Miller aka “An Overpaid Tool”
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 5
OVERALL: 5 Nerdskulls
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