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.