Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Movie Review: Deadpool

directed by Tim Miller
written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, and more.

My review comes after the movie, Deadpool, has been out in theaters for a couple of weeks already because that's just the way I roll. I found it to be a highly entertaining movie. Leading up to its release, I had heard that it had a big marketing campaign, though I hadn't seen it. I saw someone share the billboard with the emojis that spelled "Deadpool" online but that was all that I had been aware of. Though none of that mattered to me as I was planning on seeing the movie once I had heard of its release. These days I tend to avoid most trailers too so as not to spoil the movie for myself, unless I happen across one while watching television or such.

Anyways, the movie is funny. The tone of it is set up very quickly so you can tell if the kind of humor this movie has is something you'd personally enjoy. I liked the credits which came on screen since they were playful and descriptive, rather than the standard informative type of listing names.

The plot does unravel in a standard way with a big action sequence, the back story that leads up to that moment, and then resuming and continuing the action/story. There are also a lot of standard elements with a dark and moody hero who is out for revenge, the love of his life who later gets captured, an evil villain, and a team-up with some more heroes to defeat said villain.

I enjoyed the commentaries from Deadpool, himself. For example, when he introduces his grudge against Francis and is doodling on scrap paper. Or when he comments on the lack of X-Men characters in the movie. I felt like the movie kept the Deadpool character very true to his recent incarnations in the comics. I don't read nor have I ever read a Deadpool comic, but I am familiar with the character as he has been portrayed in other Marvel comic books over the last few years.

I really liked the humor in the movie a lot because many comic book movies try to be grim and dark alone. This sets it apart from them. I also liked how the movie had some serious moments to it as a balance to some of the humor. I liked seeing the progression of the relationship between Deadpool and Vanessa. Through scene cuts that were very raunchy, it showed how comfortable the characters were becoming with each other. Seeing Wade Wilson become the super-powered Deadpool through a long series of various tortures was something to see as well. It was intense. Deadpool had many depressing and fairly psychotic moments but his humor helped him retain some sort of sanity through all the hardships. In the end, he came out all right and got back the girl, even if he didn't get his looks back. It was a great movie. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.

-O. Pelaez

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