Deadpool: Definitely Not a Hero

You’re probably thinking “This is a superhero movie, but that guy in the suit, just turned the other guy into a f—-g kebab.”  Surprise, this is a different kind of superhero story.

Even diehard fans of the superhero movie genre such as myself, can at times get a little tired of  the noble-hearted hero refusing to kill obvious baddies, the angelic love interest, the amazing fight scenes that somehow lack gore, and the hardened criminals in high tension situations who DON’T drop the F-bomb. So bless the R-rated Deadpool for putting it out there by declaring in the opening credits: “A British Villain, The Hot Chick, the Comic Relief, the Gratuitous Cameo, The Overpaid Hack who Directed This.” A scene of graphic devastation set to “Angel of the Morning,” kicks off a movie that is both fresh and funny. And the film obviously hit the right note with audiences, taking in more than $135 million at the box office in three just three days.

For those not familiar with this comic book character, Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary who turns into Deadpool, both possessing the requisite fighting skills. (While I’m not a Ryan Reynolds fan, this film may go a long way towards erasing memories of his lackluster Green Lantern. Note: in his film, Reynolds spend most of his time in a mask or with facial disfigurement.) Deadpool “the merc with a mouth,” is beloved by comic book fans because of his hilarious quips delivered in a running monologue. The movie ramps up this proud tradition, having Deadpool breaking the fourth wall within the fourth wall. “It’s like sixteen walls!”  Besides the film’s deliciously meta commentary, the writers keep the zingers coming amidst some truly bad-ass fight scenes. In keeping with the Valentine’s Day weekend release, there’s also a Love Story between Wade and his equally crazy soulmate Vanessa (Morena Baccarin of Homeland and Gotham) patterned after Beauty and the Beast only with a LOT more profanity, graphic sex, and general weirdness. The two of them have a sequence to “Calendar Girl” that is WAY more fun and kinky than anything from last year’s 50 Shades Of Grey.  This one’s no family friendly flick, but it may be surprisingly appropriate for couples.

About Winnefred Ann Frolik (155 Articles)
Winnefred Ann Frolik (Winnie for short) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She completed the International Baccleareate program at Schenley High School and then attended the University of Pittsburgh where she completed a double major in English Literature and Creative Writing. After graduation she spent a number of years working in the non-profit sector and it was during that phase in her life she moved to D.C.  Winnie co-wrote a book on women in the U.S. Senate with Billy Herzig.  She enrolled in a baking program in culinary school and worked in food services for a while. She currently works in personal services while writing for Woman Around Town and doing other freelance writing projects including feeble personal attempts at fiction. Her brother is a reporter in Dayton, Ohio so clearly there are strong writing genes in the family.  She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with two demanding cats.