Deadpool (Miller; 2016)

The movie Deadpool has a character named Negasonic Teenage Warhead.  Go see it.


You need more of a reason?  Fine.  Inara from Firefly is in it, too.


She’s hot.

Wow, you really like reading.  All right, I guess I can give you a little more info.  Deadpool is a really simplistic movie, there is only the main plot to follow and no subplots or side stories whatsoever, but simplicity does not mean it doesn’t have style.  If you’ve paid any attention whatsoever to Deadpool‘s marketing campaign you already know that this style is over the top crude metahumor, and from the first moment of the opening credits it is delivered in buckets – bloody, hilarious buckets.

Ryan Reynolds embodies Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool perfectly in the film, it’s the absolute perfect match of character to actor.  This is not at all accidental, as Reynolds is a huge fan of the comic book character and played him once before in the movie X-Men Origins:  Wolverine.  That film botched the character of Deadpool so badly that Reynolds has been petitioning Fox ever since to allow him to do the character right, and now we have the redemption of the character Reynolds and the geekier members of the audience have been waiting for.

The film really is so much fun, and so pure in its, um, impurity that there’s little really to say aside from go see it if your sense of decency doesn’t put too much of a dampener on your sense of humor, but I do feel I need to add to the warning many are giving out there to not under any circumstances take young children to see this film.  They will want to see it, and not just because its another guy running around in spandex, but because Deadpool has appeared in cartoons aimed at children, like the Ultimate Spider Man show, and in the context of those shows the character keeps his sense of humor and self referential commentary, but loses the gore and the crudeness.  That, however, is not the main reason I am emphasizing the warning.  Most parents by now have heard that this film is very rated R and I can’t tell you if your child can handle the sex and violence rampant in Deadpool.  What many aren’t saying, though, is that the character of Deadpool is not a hero.  If there is an overriding theme to the movie of any weight, this is it, and while it’s brought up over and over again, it’s still over the heads of most 8 year-olds that there is a difference between a protagonist and a hero.  If your child is not sophisticated enough to understand this difference, this element of the movie when combined with the insanity in a very fun way of the rest of the film could lead to some very confused child brains.

Deadpool is a fantastic film because it is so fun, and so different.  In an age where superhero stories are getting either more serious or more complicated or both, it’s great to see one that revels in fun and simplicity, yet still remains very, very, very adult.  I understand that, as a surprise to no one, it has already been greenlit for a sequel.  Here’s hoping Dead2pool doesn’t forget what made the first one a fantastic watch.

Rating:  8.2 out of 10  (these ratings are an intensely scientific formula and don’t come at all out of my ass)


You’ll see a lot of this, ladies.



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