–by Cecily Knobler–
Directed by Tim Miller, Starring Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin and Ed Skrein.
DC Universe, take note, because Marvel just gets better and better. (Note: I just wrote that last sentence to try to appear cool and like “hey, I’m just a fan-girl, standing in front of a lot of fan-boys, asking them to love her” when really, I have no idea what I’m talking about. In fact, I’ve seen the film and still don’t totally understand the relationship to the X-Men, although I know there is one.) That said, I may not know comic books all that well, but I do know movies…and this one was a raucous, dirty, sexually and violently gratuitous, hilarious, self-aware blast. And I did not expect that at all.
I do remember my ex-boyfriend rattling on a few years ago about the character of Deadpool, AKA Wade Wilson, who apparently came about in the early 90s. Villain turned antihero, this is one messed up Mo-fu who’s a morally ambiguous antithesis to the typical “superhero.” And somehow, even though he’s a smooth-talking, pansexual (and oversexed) bad boy with scars inside and out, he’s hard not to root for. Some of that could be attributed to Ryan Reynolds’ performance, as he just has that “thing” that makes most of us want to like him. (I do wish Ryan would tone down his blatant Jim Carrey impressions, but I may never get that wish.) Still, he’s cute and funny and lovable, and what more can you ask for from a dude who’s about to blow up 20 bad guys on a bridge?
Morena Baccarin as the hooker/stripper/kickass beauty with a heart-of-gold (and whips and wigs and more!) is excellent. In fact, there isn’t a weak link in the cast. The soundtrack, the swiftness of the plot and the jokes pretty much all land. Oh (and slight spoiler alert) I especially enjoyed Deadpool’s outing of another antihero, whose name I won’t reveal.
This film, due to its heavy violence and sexual situations (as the MPAA has been known to say) is a hard R and I don’t think Deadpool would have it any other way. (And yes, you should stay through the closing credits.) B++