Movie Review: Deadpool (2016)

Director: Tim Miller
Genre: Action, Violence
Distributor: Marvel Entertainment
Run Time: 108 Minutes
Rated: R
Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Movie Review
OK, so here's the deal, I am not a Ryan Reynolds fan. Sure I liked him in Waiting and I have fond memories of his character from Fifteen on Nickelodeon (oh yeah, that dates myself) but on the whole his snarky, hot schtick just doesn't get my panties in a wad like it does for others. However, even I can admit when I am wrong because Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool was perfection. I can't imagine anyone else playing this character. He was my Ledger to The Joker or Gosling to Noah. The casting was perfect I kid you not.

Deadpool for me was always a background Marvel character ie not my favorite (that's Jubilee). Sure, I liked Deadpool and you really can't read the Marvel Universe without running across him but until this film I didn't really follow the character in a fandom sense. After the film though, I can confidently say I am TeamDeadpool. Call me a Fangirl if you must but I can now appreciate the character and can't wait to read more about him and see future films with his character in it (provided Ryan Reynolds continues the role or voice).

Aside from Deadpool himself, I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. Normally, I am not a fan of stories skipping all over the place but in this film it works. Plus on the upside it allows us to follow his backstory while cutting out a large part of exposition that normally would be necessary to build a character like him into existence.

As for the other characters I loved Doppinder the barely on screen cabbie whom we meet several times throughout the film. I also really enjoyed Vanessa. Her character fit in perfectly alongside Wade's. The actress did a phenomenal job portraying her (even if she stayed in Human form throughout the film and we receive no hint at her Comic alter ego copycat) Also Blind Al had some great one liners as did the bartender Weasel.  I admit the one small downside was the fact we didn't see more X-Men. Well unless you count Hugh Jackman's uncredited appearance *snicker*. Even just off in the distance slightly out of focus shots would of been better than just assuming the entire house was empty of all mutants the entirety of the film. It's a very small gripe but it is there. Also did the film follow the comics exactly? No, but I didn't mind the relatively small changes due to this being a series starter with room to grow and not an already established film franchise. Let's be honest I could nit pick this to death if were talking Cannon Comic universe but nobody really wants that. I can appreciate this film for what it was and so should you. 

Overall, I am so happy to have finally seen Deadpool. I don't buy DVD's often anymore but I can't wait to get my hands on a copy and put it on my shelf. If you haven't seen Deadpool yet, do so. I think it is worth seeing in theaters. Just don't bring the kids, this film is R-rated for a reason, mmkay. Seriously, no kids. This is an Adult film. Don't do it. 

With that being said, I'll be rating Deadpool ★★★★★.


  1. I was surprisingly impressed with this one and the actors too. Ryan Reynolds really sold this! And I love that it didn't take itself too seriously.


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