Release Date: February 12th.
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.
THIS REVIEW IS RATED-R FOR LANGUAGE, BECAUSE WE USE THE F-WORD LIKE 3 TIMES. WE'RE EDGY LIKE THAT.
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.
|BEST NICHOLAS SPARKS MOVIE EVER.|
Offensive hilarity ensues.
|BREAKING THAT 4TH WALL LIKE A CHAMP.|
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 PLACES THAT GLOVE HAS BEEN, AND HE'S STICKING IT IN HIS MOUTH?|
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.
|WE ALSO LOVE HOW THEY FINALLY GAVE US A GOOD ON-SCREEN VERSION OF COLOSSUS.|
- "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."
|"DEAR EVERYONE WHO WAS OFFENDED BY THIS MOVIE: KISS MY RED MERCENARY ASS."|
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 Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, and Gina Carano are in this.