Saturday, February 13, 2016

Kevin Watt versus Deadpool

Deadpool is director Tim Miller’s first film and, if this flick is any indication, he is going to have a great career ahead of him. And I am guessing writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who partnered to bring us the awesome Zombieland, are fans of the Deadpool character because the writing brought to life the Deadpool I loved in the 2013 video game.

Let’s be clear that this movie is for a certain audience and anyone seeking a family-friendly Disney-esque extravaganza is going to be needing medication by the end of the opening credits. This is a raunchy, rude and violent movie that clearly loves itself and doesn’t stop long enough to ask if you love it too. There are winks to the Marvel franchise, insider jokes, and more one liners than a night out with Mitch Hedberg. All of it inappropriate and, so long as you keep your thinking cap at home, it is hilarious. This is what low-brow looks like when done right.

At the heart of this origin story is a love story. Some previews have joked about this being a romantic-comedy but I think for fans of the genre, that is a fair description. Deadpool’s true love Vanessa is the driving force of this paper-thin story and their love is as endearing as it is uncomfortable.

But the best part of the movie is the cast. Ryan Reynolds as Wade/Deadpool fits like a glove. I actually cannot think of another actor who could have pulled this off so naturally and believably. Morena Baccarin as love interest Vanessa is a great choice as she has credibility in the comic book realm although, in an ironic twist, her comic book history is all through DC projects. And our British Villain is portrayed by Ed Skrein who I only know for the garbage that was Transporter Refueled but he is now redeemed in my eyes.

The only criticism comes during some of the slower-paced scenes – they are like slamming on the brakes during a high speed car chase. These moments are necessary for plot development but you spend your time waiting for the disorderliness to return.

4th wall busting, dick jokes, boobs, bloody violence, juvenile name calling – this is a 12-year-old boy’s fantasy movie which is exactly what I was hoping for.

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