Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84% (Critics) / 96% (Audience)
Directed By: Tim Miller
Written By: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller and Ed Skrein
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool. – (Source)
Ryan Reynolds, Jebus bless him, finally has found the role that best fits his particular aesthetic. Wisecracking, nihilistic and goofy are Deadpool’s defining traits and Reynolds embodies them all perfectly. He also accomplishes, along with Morena Baccarin, a very unique feat for this type of film…namely they created a very compelling romantic couple that the audience actually wants to root for. Wade and Vanessa are a great pairing and I don’t think any of the movies in the latest comic book film wave has given viewers any couple that even comes close to the chemistry that Reynolds and Baccarin deliver.
I also love the breaking of the fourth wall as part of Deadpool’s mental break as well as just how brutal all of the action scenes were. Hopefully DEADPOOL’s box office success gives these movie studios (specifically WB and their upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD movie) the incentive to let some of these super-hero films be rated R instead of toning every property down to fit the PG-13 mold.
DEADPOOL also features the best Stan Lee cameo in any movie or TV show ever.
I really wish the villains had been more memorable. I like Ed Skrein and he has a certain snarky charisma to his performance but the role of Ajax was not very well-developed and as the primary villain fo the mocie he was completely underwhelming. And aside from one action sequence where her character of Angel Dust slugs it out with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Gina Carano really didn’t bring anything more than her innate physicality to the part.
Man, the CGI rendering of Colossus was pretty rough looking. He looked more like he was made out of clay than metal.
Final Verdict: DEADPOOL is rude, crude, and insanely violent but it is also tons of fun and delivers as good of a romance between hero and his damsel-in-distress as there has been in any comic book movie from the past 15 years. It is just an all around enjoyable way to spend two hours in the dark.