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Deadpool is Sarcasm’s Wet Dream in a Red Suit – Movie Review

If you haven’t heard, the “Merc with a Mouth” has his mouth back and he’s ready to make sure you know all about it, and so am I. Unlike anything you’ve likely heard of, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) make his official introduction on screen as the foul mouthed, breast loving, chimichanga eating, katana swinging, Marvel hero you never knew you wanted. An unorthodox origin story at best, this film would have never happened if it wasn’t for the persistence of it’s main protagonist Ryan Reynolds and the people who helped make this dream come true, and let me tell you, it’s exactly what we wanted.

I have to be honest, there is no point to telling you about the plot or anything necessarily in it because it explains itself perfectly through the 4th wall breaking narration by Deadpool himself as he becomes the only self aware character in the whole film. His motor mouth revs like a tuned up lawn mower engine that, instead of cuts grass, decides to do his gutting and chopping with two katanas strapped to his back. His victims, anyone who made him the “unf**kable” looking bastard you will see in the film. With great make-up and a perfectly realized red suit, Reynolds becomes the character he was born to play and what makes him different from any other actor portraying a hero is that Reynolds was born to play Wade Wilson/Deadpool.

Injected with flawless timing and raunchy humor that would make South Park proud, there is not a subject nor visual you won’t see from this potty mouthed cast as they go along their unusually perverted and gory missions to continue their oddly subliminal lives. Fans of the comics will be thrilled with this Hard-R depiction more than they will with any other character because it takes all the tropes that made him popular and brings them to uncensored life. Going back to South Park, he’s like Cartman meshed with Frankenstein, but with swords and acrobatics. The humor is near flawless, taking all different styles of comedy and amalgamating them for its own benefit. The opening montage is something that will tie you down to your seat without ending the ride even after the credits role on (stay after the credits!).

If you were wondering, Stan Lee is definitely in the movie, and it’s a far cry from any cameo we have seen from him to date and it blasts his past cameos out of the water like a minefield of hilarity. As a critic and movie fan who loves to laugh, it is tough to find quality comedies, but when they are fused with other genres they are given a stronger backbone to hold up the belly laughs without drying us out with repetitive jokes we are bombarded with in today’s comedies. With Deadpool, you get a fusion of the largest genre out there (superhero/comic-book) with raunchy self aware comedy that stays at a high level. That translates to a winning formula in an uncommon property that will surely shock and impress.

Any joke you want Deadpool to make is thrown in for good measure which serves as another addition to his multiple powers. It gives multiple salutes to one of the supporters of this character (you’ll know who very easily) and each time that person comes up I fell out of my seat laughing. It is a film unlike anything we have come across within mainstream cinema and it pushes all it can with success and essential gratuity added too… well, everything!

The only places the movie faltered was with the exaggerated CGI at some points, but even that feels like nitpicking. A self aware film makes for a redeeming film and there is not enough for me to be upset about – if anything – and I know for a fact that you will all come out of the theater having seen something you have likely never seen in your life. If you’re an old, uninteresting person with no interest in seeing a Rated-R superhero then you should probably still see this movie. Think of Deadpool as a personification of everything you’ve wanted to say in times of frustration, happiness, anger, and any other deep seeded emotion. Only Deadpool conveys your thoughts into the blunt, crude nature they were likely conceived.

The “Merc with the Mouth” has made his true appearance in a film that deserves your hard earned dollars to go see and it delivers a style of superhero/comic-book movie that pushes the limits of its predecessors ten fold without a care in the world. First time director Tim Miller didn’t give a slightest hint at this being his first rodeo and if the film makes the money it’s projected to make, I expect the budget for the sequel of the film to be much higher. This is without a doubt film I will be re-watching with excitement and tingles all over and will likely rank in my top five favorite comic book adapted films of all time. I know that’s bold, but its true, and it doesn’t win me over with the fight scenes or its set pieces, but rather its confidence to do whatever the f*** it needed to in order to stay loyal to the material. This is not for kids or prudes alike, but should be great for everyone else.

SCORE: A+

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