Deadpool Review

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By: Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

You have to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run. Some old country singer said that, and it definitely doesn’t always apply to life. Because there are situations where things happen and you have no choice but to exact meaningful, brutal, horrendous revenge in only a way that can make a statement for all people to come. They have to know you are not someone to be f&^%ed with! Such is the life of one Wade Wilson, better known to many as Deadpool.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a mercenary for hire…sort of. A former special operative, he’s now gone into the business of working jobs that offer the highest pay. He’s good…very good, and so good that he’s attracted the attention of a group that wants to make him better than he currently is. After finding out he has cancer, he decides to take this group up on their offer, in the hopes of ridding himself of said disease and becoming more of a bad ass. He contacts the Recruiter (Jed Rees), is taken into a testing facility, and endures experiments by Ajax (Ed Skrien) in an attempt to activate his mutant gene and save his life. But things take a turn for the worse, and Wade Wilson turns into something else, aka Deadpool. The way he is, he can’t go back to his girlfriend, Vanessa Carlysle (Morena Baccarin), yet appears to be deemed worthy enough to join Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. But, with vengeance on Deadpool’s mind, and “school” nothing more than a six letter word, will he be able to become something worthy of Professor X and win his girlfriend back in the end?

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Now, we’ve come to expect a certain quality of film when it comes to Marvel. The Fantastic Four craptacular and the second Thor film aside, Marvel films have been pretty epic. Newsflash: Deadpool is in a league of its own and that league is f%@&in’ awesome! Deadpool is hard to describe because it breaks just about every conventional film rule. He – Mr. Pool – breaks the 4th wall and talks to the audience, the film goes to places we come to expect from a Family Guy episode, and it has a level of violence not seen in any previous Marvel film. Oh, and the comedy level – did you feel that? The comedy is off the f%$^in’ Richter scale! So much comedy and jokes made about the studio, previous Ryan Reynolds films, Ryan Reynolds himself, the “tool” of a director, hot chicks…you’ll absolutely know the type of film you’re about to see from the opening credits. Now, it isn’t as linear as we come to expect from films. In fact, it’s more like a Quentin Tarantino film. We’re used to starting at point A and ending at point Z. But Deadpool jumps around, so you start at G, move to K, jump back to A, go forward to M, go back to H and jump to Q, and move a little further toward Z…it sounds confusing but it all works out, just trust me.

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Ryan Reynolds worked for some time to get Deadpool made into a live action film – over five years – and his hard work has absolutely paid off. His character is the heart and soul of the film, and while there are other actors involved, it really all boils down to Reynolds. He brings out the very essence of Deadpool, from the swagger he carries himself with to the foul mouth and so mean, yet absolutely hilarious, sense of humor. Credit has to be given to writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick for their script, which provides so many quality lines and scenarios for Reynolds to play with like a child in a toy store. Morena Baccarin matches Reynolds’ flair early on in the film, and pairs well with him in terms of screen chemistry. Ed Skrien plays the villain, and you know from the moment you meet him what you’re going to get. Yet he brings his own machismo to the character and you tend to like his dastardly self, yet not enough be willing to let him live in the end. We want him to die, and we want it to be painful and brutal and maybe involve something pokey going places into places they shouldn’t go. Former MMA fighter Gina Carano plays Skrien’s right hand woman, Angel Dust, but the character just comes off as very flat. Not that Carano is a great actress to start with (don’t tell her I said that!), she just feels lost and out of place. And X-man Colossus (Andre Tricoteux) plays a substantial role, trying to bring Deadpool into the school and being a voice of reason. He’s 100% CGI yet it looks pretty clean.

Deadpool really has nothing directly to do with the X-Men franchise, or any relation to the events that happened in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Yet one could potentially see Deadpool making some sort of cameo appearance…maybe. He may have to tone down the language and sexuality. So, until that happens, Mr. Pool is on his own, and that’s how he likes it. If you’re thinking of taking your younger children to see a nice superhero film, you may want to wait for X-Men: Apocalypse or Captain America: Civil War. Because this film is filled with plenty of delicious violence, colorful profanity, sex with strap-ons, and a colorful unicorn. Kids may like the unicorn but may need some education regarding the strap-on. This is a rated R film through and through, and when it comes to Deadpool, we wouldn’t have it any other way. Hilarious, action packed, great music, swords, bullets… did I say hilarious? What else would you want?

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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