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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Movie Review- Deadpool

The Merc With The Mouth (Ryan Reynolds) gets a much better after credits scene (and film) in, Deadpool

Intro

Anyone who knows anything about the multiple complexities of movies, knows about the fourth wall. You know, it's that border that exists between a film and our plane of existence. Most films never cross that plane in fear of giving the impression of campiness, but when others do it, it's usually just a quick nod or remark to the camera/audience (Friday, Home Alone, Wanted). Some have the main character narrate their life story and current situation (The Wolf of Wall Street, Goodfellas, Hitch). But the ones that I like the most, are the over the top goofy ones that lighten the mood and bring a constant smile to your face every time that you watch them (most Mel Brooks films, the Austin Powers trilogy, Fight Club). For me, the absolute king of the fourth wall break has to be, Ferris Bueller's Day Off; A hilarious movie with heart, humor, style, and a scene with an obligatory Star Wars theme rip off. When Ferris (Matthew Broderick) talks to the audience, he connects us to the characters and makes us feel like we're going along for the ride. He's influenced a few things over the years, but this one in particular has a thing for chimichangas.

Deadpool

Any one who has seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine, knows about the studio-tampered hack job that was done on the popular comic book character of Deadpool. They even thought that sealing his mouth would be funny? Taking the "Merc with the Mouth's" voice away, is like giving Dirk Diggler (Boogie Nights) erectile dysfunction, Eddie Van Halen arthritis, or Keanu Reeves (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure) a brain. It might be funny for a moment as parody, but you are going to piss a ton of fans and ticket buyers off if you make it permanent. However, thank goodness for second chances. They come so rare these days. Look at how long it's taken Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Ruebens) to bounce back. Hell, I would have reported his ass too if he had made that creepy laugh as he was pleasuring himself, and I were at that porno theater to witness it. Thankfully, Ryan Reynolds (Waiting) didn't get caught with his dork in his hand. That is, until he comes across a stuffed unicorn and a bottle of lotion in this film. He only had to Wade (Wilson) through a string of mediocre failures (Blade: Trinity, Green Lantern, R.I.P.D.) to get to his redemption. He bit the bullet and accepted that first try at Deadpool, hoping that he could improve on him later. After seven years, some leaked test footage, and a buttload of fan support, Reynold's brings us, Deadpool; A film that he was born to play as its title character. First off, let me get the bad stuff out of the way; There's a long pause, I look up, put my hands together, and then I say, "Hope you got all of that." There is nothing bad about this movie, mind a few imperfections. It sounds like a Deadpool comic, it looks like a Deadpool comic, and feels like a Deadpool comic. Reynolds owns this role and squeezes every bit of juice from it, with a scarlet covered grin and an R-rated remark. Political correctness and mollycoddling are all but forgotten, as Deadpool relentlessly dispatches Katana fodder and bullet dummies alike. The extremely predictable story (that the trailers completely give away), is told in a nonlinear style that properly balances the outrageous action and dramatic filler. The score by Junkie XL (Mad Max: Fury Road) is distinctively cool and gives the Poolmeister his own unique sound. To say that this film is funny, would be an understatement; It's goddamn hilarious! Deadpool and the film poke fun at themselves and anyone in their blast radius.
Reynolds' quick wit and big screen charisma, commands Deadpool from start to finish. The only ones with cojones bigger than him would be the studio, for finally taking a chance by stepping over their comfort threshold and heading into the danger zone. It's about damn time. He never holds back or sells out. Okay, he sorta does when it comes to his girlfriend. His love story with Morena Baccarin (Firefly), feels right as she gives him just as good as he gives, even when he's on all fours in the bedroom. His costars though, they get the short end of the stick. T.J. Miller (Cloverfield) as Deadpool's best friend Weasel, is only in snippets of the film and his best lines were largely in the trailers. Leslie Uggams (Roots) as Pool's roommate Blind Al, is funny yet she's only in like two scenes. I believe that she and Weasel were more prominent in the comic. The X-Men movie connections are lite yet effective, as Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) first hinder then help Deadpool on his mission of vengeance. Even the villains take the back seat, as Ed Skrein (Ajax/Francis) and Gina Carano (Angel Dust) are in this movie just to be Deadpool's main focus. There's not much personality between the both of them but, they're not what's important; Deadpool is. Everybody involved is around so that Reynolds has someone to ridicule (or bang, or kill, or tea bag) when he's not talking to us. That's why all of those little problems don't matter, because in the end, it's him that has to work. And from what I've seen of the comic and cartoons, Reynolds' version is as close to perfect as we are ever gonna get. Oh, I forgot to mention the gore factor; there's a lot of it. What, did you want me to describe everything in detail? Have a chimichanga and a smile, and shut the bleep up!

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Deadpool

The Good- The Intro scene; Slow motion and sets the tone for the whole film. Deadpool versus Colossus. A visit to Xavier's School. Calendar sex play. Cab rides with Dopinder (Karan Soni).
The Bad- All that carnage and not a single cop to be found? I know that it's the time of the mutants, but come on. Only a report chopper had the balls to get close? No.
The Ugly-  The Origins and Green Lantern jokes are still too soon. The wounds are still too fresh.

Final Thoughts

Deadpool kicks ass as probably the best superhero movie of the year (Civil War withstanding). It's worth multiple viewings and a Blu Ray purchase in three months. It's not kid friendly, so leave the little bastards at home. Finally, an R-rated comic book movie that totally delivers! It's fun, action-packed, and so brilliantly funny, that you'll be laughing into the next scene every time. Stay after the end credits for an appropriate homage. "Dead Gon' Give It To Ya!" Cue the music.
Rating- 8.5 out of 10

Deadpool (2016)

R  | 

Director: Tim Miller   

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

 Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

 

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