February 27, 2016

Theatrical Review: Deadpool (2016)

"The Merc With A Mouth has arrived, and Superhero flicks will never be the same."

(aka Awesomepool.)
Release Date: February 12th.
Country: USA.
Rating: R.
Written by: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Directed by: Tim Miller.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Brianna Hildebrand, and Gina Carano.


Deadpool has always been one of the best characters in Marvel's arsenal. He's foul-mouthed, deadly, and is constantly breaking the 4th wall, which always made him one of our favorite characters to read. When we heard that Marvel was making a Deadpool movie, we assumed that it would be a nightmare, because he's just too R-rated for mainstream success, not to mention Fox's track record for Superhero movies isn't that great. Fantastic Four, anybody?

We like most of the PG-13 Marvel and DC movies that have been released since 2000. Movies like The Avengers; both Captain America movies; Guardians of the Galaxy; Ant-Man; the Christopher Nolan Batman films; the first Iron Man; and even Man of Steel were all great fun.

The rest of them have all been a mix of decent, average, or just plain bad.

Point is, that between now and 2020, there are 26 Comic Book movies that will hit theaters. It's a big thing, and it looks like they're here to stay.

Marvel is great, but they're owned by Disney, so their product is usually going to be family-friendly, and geared towards merchandising. That's fine and all, but as an adult, I would like a few adult-oriented movies thrown into the mix every now and then. Some of our favorite Comic Book flicks push boundaries; Dredd, The Losers; Blade; Kick-Ass; 300; Sin City; The Crow; V For Vendetta; Kingsman; The Watchmen; the Marvel shows on Netflix; and the Punisher flicks are all from that darker side of the fence, and have all been pretty entertaining. Granted, most of those "harder" titles have come from more obscure Graphic Novels, and not massive Marvel or DC properties, but they had great stories, cool anti-heroes, and they were massively entertaining. 

Now we have Deadpool, which may not be the first R-rated Comic Book flick, but it certainly is the highest profile one. Wade Wilson's Hard-R antics are not only paying off HUGE at the Box Office, but are already prompting studios to want bigger R-rated properties of their own. DC announced that the upcoming Batman vs. Superman will have an R-rated cut when it hits Blu-ray, and Fox is talking about making the final Wolverine movie Rated-R in general.

Deadpool has changed the game, and as entertaining as it was, we're fine with that.

Wade Wilson is a ruthless mercenary with a foul mouth and a heart of gold. Sure, he'll steal from anyone, and he likes to hurt people, but he's also a sweetheart who helps those in need. He's got a snarky best friend, and a hot girlfriend too, so really, he's living the dream... until he's diagnosed with cancer, and told that he's going to die.

Wilson is approached by a skeevy government guy who offers to cure his cancer if he'll undergo a secret procedure, which sounds legit, and can't possibly go wrong. He's given a serum which is supposed to awaken his latent mutant abilities, which it does; he gains a super-human healing factor that destroys his cancer. At the same time though, his cancer gains the same "healing factor" and he ends up looking like Freddy Krueger face-fucked a topographical map of Utah.

Wilson adopts the name Deadpool (for reasons), makes himself a red suit (so his enemies can't see him bleed), and swears revenge on those who disfigured him, even though they cured the cancer that was going to kill him in short order. With the help of X-Men's Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Deadpool jokes and quips his way to a high body count in hopes of winning back the heart of his true love, Vanessa.

Offensive hilarity ensues. 

After the shitty, shitty job that Fox did with Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (I mean, how can you take a character whose nickname is The Merc with a Mouth, and sew his fucking mouth closed? Especially with Ryan Reynolds playing the part?), they have more than redeemed themselves with this Deadpool solo movie.

From beginning to end, Deadpool is nothing but crazy, hi-octane fun. There was far more humor present in this one than there was action, but who cares? There was action aplenty when there needed to be, and the point of Deadpool, and more specifically a Deadpool movie, is his witty banter anyhow... and there was no shortage of that whatsoever.

The baby hand, the Zamboni, his interactions with Big Al, fat Gandalf, the use of Angel of the Morning and Careless Whisper on the soundtrack, his interactions with Weasel, the post-credits scene... there was so much comic gold in Deadpool, that to list it all would almost be recalling the movie scene by scene.

The reason why Deadpool is such a great movie is this: it just doesn't give a fuck. In a day and age where you cant say anything even remotely off-color without offending someone and their precious, unique feelings, this movie holds nothing back in being as audacious an non politically correct as it can be. We also loved how the movie broke the 4th wall so much, and how fun and natural it felt when it did; Deadpool has always known that he's a fictional character, and for them to play him that way on-screen was a clever move.

Ryan Reynolds has always been funny as hell. Comedy just comes naturally to him, and with Deadpool he absolutely gets to let that ability shine. His supporting cast was great (especially the hilarious T.J. Miller, and the gorgeous Morena Baccarin), but he obviously makes this movie what it is. That's no slight on the script (which was great), or the direction (which was solid), but Reynolds is this movie.

Now, I'm not trying to make this movie sound perfect or anything, because it's not; it could have used a bit more action throughout, and the constant stream of puns and jokes didn't work 100% of the time (although I'd say about 90% worked.) It was good enough on most levels though that its flaws and shortcomings were barely noticeable. At least for us. 

Too many to list, but...

  • "Hashtag driveby."
  • "Then whose kitty litter did I just shit in?"
  • "Listen Al, if I never see you again, I want you to know that I love you very much. I also buried 1,600 kilos of cocaine somewhere in the apartment - right next to the cure for blindness. Good luck."
  • "Cancer is awful. It's like Yakov Smirnoff opening for the Spin Doctors at the Iowa State Fair."
  • "(Mama June smells) Like two hobos fucking in a shoe filled with piss."

Fox is actually capable of making a Superhero movie that isn't mediocre, or just flat out sucks. Also, there are probably going to be a lot more R-Rated Superhero flicks now, and not all of them will be this good.

Deadpool is vulgar, nasty, and absolutely inappropriate, which is why it was such a fantastically enjoyable movie. With his great comic timing and presence, Ryan Reynolds owns the screen in the title role, and we can't wait to see more of his antics in the sequel... which there absolutely will be.

Deadpool may not be the hero that Marvel needs right now, but he's certainly one that fans like us deserve. And need. And want.


Deadpool is in theaters now. See it!

Brianna HildebrandMorena Baccarin, and Gina Carano are in this.


  1. The humor was good (most of the time, but a ton was overkill) but the story was generic as dirt.

  2. I loved it. Haven't laughed so much (and so hard!) in ages in a theater.

  3. I really loved this movie, Ryan Reynolds nailed it and really made this movie great. Probably why I saw it three times in theaters and have it ranked "Best of 2016" in my book so far.

    On a related note just got back from seeing "Hardcore Henry" and holy damn thats a badass flick. Its like Turbo Kid meets Crank on steroids. Really enjoyed myself during that movie, Sharlto Copley turns in a great performance and the action is like nothing I've seen in a long time.

    It's a real kick in the teeth to Hollywood in my opinion that movies like Deadpool and Hardcore Henry can turn in two of the best movies of the year for such modest budgets while the lackluster Batman V Superman is staggering under its colossal budget and receiving mediocre reviews.

    Of course I do wish Hardcore Henry was more of a runaway hit such as Deadpool, but its definitely a cult classic in the making and sense it was made for pennies a sequel isn't out the question according to the director.

    Anyway I was just popping my head in to say good review, and check out Hardcore Henry when you can its a hell of an experience

  4. Considering many of the movies on this list for THIS year I would have to say that DP is the best that I've seen IMHO. Probably the best Marvel movie to date (a notch above Guardians) but I'm in agreement with a slim plot.

    One of those instances where the actor really did carry the film despite it's inevitable flaws

  5. I actually agree with your review. Deadpool earned its R rating in spades offering blood, guts, nudity but it’s 100% unique. I have read this review: https://moshfishreviews.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/movie-review-deadpool-2016/. But your review now is much better!