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Deadpool Movie Review

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Well, one of my most anticipated films of the year is finally here. This movie may have had the greatest marketing campaign of all time, so I can’t fail to acknowledge the marketing team. They did such a fantastic job with the movie, and Ryan Reynolds was the reason. Reynolds had been a massive Deadpool fanatic for such a long time. He had been trying to get this movie made for 11 years, and after X-Men Origins: Wolverine didn’t quite do justice to the character, Reynolds knew he had to step up the push for a solo Deadpool film. There was so much passion behind this movie, and it showed from just the test footage that was “accidentally” leaked to the public roughly one year ago. There was a virtually unanimous uproar following the test footage, and the movie had to be made. They pushed for the hard R rating, and though the producers didn’t know that 20th Century Fox would approve, they continued to push for it and push for it which brings us to today: the official release date for Deadpool. If you got a chance to check out my 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016, you know that Deadpool was number five in a year filled with movies to be excited for. It rose above other comic book films, Pixar films, and films from some of my personal favorite directors to be at number five, and the closer we came to Deadpool, the more excited move fans were. Deadpool is a pure passion project, and it promised to be gory, fun, and absolutely hilarious? Was it all of those things? Let’s find out.

Though the opening credits say otherwise, Deadpool is directed by Tim Miller and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, and Ed Skrein. Ryan Reynolds is the Merc with the Mouth, a comic book fan favorite, Wade Wilson, or Deadpool. Wilson has gone from a Special Forces operative to a bad guy who takes down worse guys. When he finally meets the woman of his dreams in Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin, he realizes that being with her is the life he was meant to live. Unfortunately, Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and is approached by a man who offers to cure him of his cancer and any other disease or injury known to man. He meets Ajax, a man dead set on creating mutant slaves, and when Ajax leaves Wade for dead and takes Vanessa, Wade adopts the alter ego of Deadpool, and with the help of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, he heads out to take his revenge.

Let’s talk about what I liked about this movie. Actually, let’s talk about what I loved about this movie: everything. Deadpool is amazing. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool. Not only is he so passionate about the role, but he is so perfect for the attitude and stylistic comedy that the character brings to the table. I can’t wait for the movie to come out on Blu Ray just so that I can see the outtakes of Ryan Reynolds being Deadpool that we didn’t get to see in the movie. He is so funny and so charismatic, and Reynolds gives such an amazing performance as the character. You really see how much he cares about this movie and how much he cares that it is as great as it is. I also have to talk about how Tim Miller directed the movie. Deadpool is so well shot and so well paced. Not a single moment of this film drags, and the 108 minute runtime is perfect for the movie. I wasn’t bored at one single point, and Miller did such a great job of showing off these awesome characters and telling this story. The movie goes from past to present seamlessly, and I’m never lost one bit. I felt like I was on this quest with Deadpool, and these characters are so great. The character of Deadpool is so much fun to watch, and his relationship with Vanessa is something I instantly buy. They work so well together and have amazing on-screen chemistry. Sometimes it’s not easy to buy a relationship in a comic book film, but in this one, even Deadpool explains that one’s craziness matches the other’s craziness, and it makes so much sense to me. The additions of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are absolutely awesome, and the way Colossus is pure good perfectly counters Deadpool’s anti-heroism. This movie is also so funny. Right from the opening credits this movie is hilarious. It is far funnier than any of the comedies I have seen this year, and it nails home the sophomoric and crude humor. Sure, it’s sophomoric, but it’s so funny, smart, and quick. It didn’t bother me because though the humor is incredibly crude as the trailers have promised, it’s fast paced and intelligent, and it suits the character to a tee. My sides were hurting when I walked out of the theater, and the entire time the whole theater was erupting in laughs. Deadpool also takes a revenge plot and restores it to something that we haven’t seen before. We have seen revenge stories time after time, but never one like this. It feels so fresh and smart, and the passion behind the movie emanates from the screen. I couldn’t get enough of this movie, and I’ll be back to see it again in theaters. I also do want to take this time to let you know that there is a post-credit scene. I won’t spoil the post-credit scene because it’s great, but when I see people get up and leave once the credits start I feel bad because there is more to see. Don’t leave once the credits start. Stick around for more.

As far as negatives in the movie I only have two very minute problems. Ed Skrein is awesome as the villain. I didn’t like him very much in The Transporter Refueled. Was he the problem with that movie? I don’t think so, but he still didn’t do anything to blow me away. Here, he is so awesome as Ajax, and makes a perfect match for Deadpool. Unfortunately, he isn’t explored very deeply. I don’t know why he’s bad or why he is making these mutant slaves. I would have loved a bigger picture and more expansion behind both he and Gina Carano’s Angel Dust. Also, when you find out how long it has been since Wade became Deadpool, you’ll be shocked. It didn’t feel like that amount of time at all, but both are only small problems that didn’t take away at all from my enjoyment of the movie.

Overall, Deadpool is awesome. It is one of the most enjoyable movies I have ever seen, and I can’t wait to watch it again. It is so funny and has great, easy to watch characters. I can’t see how anyone couldn’t at least enjoy this movie. I love watching Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and just the pure enjoyability factor makes this one of my favorite movies in recent years. I loved Deadpool and I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest checking it out if you like to laugh, have a good time, and watch some seriously crude violence and humor. Despite the small problems I had, I had such an amazing time with Deadpool that it completely overrules the teeny tiny issue. Typically the issues take away from ratings, but purely because of how happy this movie makes me and how entertaining and funny it is, I’m going to give Deadpool a 10/10.

Have you had a chance to check out Deadpool? If not, I would definitely suggest checking it out and coming back to let me know what you thought. It will be playing over at FatCats Gilbert where you can have the best movie theater experience in the state of Arizona. If you’re daring enough, you can click here to watch the official red band trailer. Also, what is your favorite Ryan Reynolds movie? He is an actor I love who hasn’t been in many movies I have really liked, but I still would love to hear yours! I should have a review for Zoolander 2 out very soon, so be sure to check in for that! Also, if you liked these reviews, you can check out my reviews for both of the movies I chose to review as part of my Throwback Thursday segment, Zoolander and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at [email protected]