Friday, February 12, 2016

Deadpool (2016) R

Director: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Serein, Stefan Kapicic, Brianna Hildebrand, Gina Corano

As I write this my hands still have the shakes from the $12 combo of medium popcorn/medium Cherry Coke which I decided to eat in lieu of breakfast at a 10 am matinee. Or it could be that I just walked out of the craziest muthaf#$%ing comic book movie I have ever seen! The film in question (if you haven’t figured out how or why you clicked the link to this review) is Deadpool (2016).

For those not in the know (and you should by now. Shame on you.), Deadpool is one of the more, dare I say, potty-mouthed lunatics of the Marvel Universe. Know as the "Merc with a mouth,” the story revolves around one Wade Wilson, an ex-special forces agent who was discharged and now makes a living as a gun for hire. After meeting the love of his life, he also finds out that he has late stage terminal cancer. Soon he undergoes an experimental treatment which turns him into an unkillable mutant with a face that looks like Ryan Reynolds f#$%ed a shar pei (a description actually from the comics). Unable to allow the love of his life to see the monster he has become, he does what he does best, kills everyone who can lead him to the man responsible and get his life back to normal (so to speak).

Why all the cussing in this review? Because it is apropos given the movie. Not for the young-uns. This is as hard R as they come. The movie pulls no punches from jump street allowing Ryan Reynolds to do what he does best, quip and joke and feed everyone he meets a sarcasm sandwich with pitch perfect comedic timing. A labor of love for Reynolds (and a re-do after the Wolverine thing), he is having more fun on screen than I have ever seen any actor have in quite a while.

Designed to be an almost spoof of past Marvel comics, Deadpool is placed firmly in the X-Men universe (cameos!). Breaking through more fourth walls than the Kool-Aide Man, this blood-soaked comedy is heavy in the meta department, never taking itself or the situations seriously. Constantly making sure the audience is on the same page, Deadpool refers to the viewers at every turn. Self aware as all get out, but somehow managing to fabricate some of the most innovative action scenes put to film. This is pure fun for the comic book fan in all of us (put that on a poster).

(That said, I cannot stress enough, do not bring the kids! I think you may actually have social services waiting outside the theater if you do. Full frontal, and back and everywhere in-between, you would will be having “the talk” with your child well before the internet has a chance to do it for you.)

If I haven’t been clear, this is one of the smartest, dirtiest, violent, funny, (some other descriptive words) movies to hit the cinemas in a long time. A recommend on all fronts, this is gonna be the comic movie to beat in 2016. But be your own critic, do yourself a favor and watch Deadpool. Now if you’ll excuse me, my chimichangas are ready. Enjoy!

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