Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ryan Reynolds Rocks In Marvels' 'Deadpool'

By Darlene Donloe

Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds in the title role, is one of the funniest movies of the year.

It’s actually one of Marvels best comic-book creations.

It’s not only funny, it’s really funny!

It’s also risqué, irreverent, controversial, sexy and more.

This is not your momma’s standard hero movie. In fact, it’s actually an anti-hero movie.  Don’t call Deadpool a hero unless you want a beat down.  He’ll be the first to tell you he’s anything but, which is why he rejects the expectation of the superhero.

This is the perfect vehicle for Reynolds, who is clearly in his element.  Deadpool, who is a fun and entertaining character, has a wicked sense of humor that is gut-funny and acerbic! He’s brilliant and quick with the one-liners and with breaking the fourth wall. He has even mastered the bland gaze into the camera.

No one is safe from his harsh, albeit sidesplitting tongue. He doesn’t hold back when he’s talking about caressing Wolverine’s nether regions, nor does he show any discretion when referring to Prof. Xavier as a creepy pedophile. And, he’s just getting started!

Even if you’re not a Marvel Comics, comic book movie genre fan, you will be by the time the credits roll on this fantasy/science fiction film.

Who knew when Deadpool made his first appearance in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, that he would, or could, take off with such thunder?

So, here’s the story. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world is turned upside down when the evil Ajax, played by Ed Skrein, tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a potent sense of humor.

Deadpool opens with a flashback showing how the character destroys a convoy carrying Ajax (Ed Skrein) his arch enemy.
But, Deadpool is not all work and no play. He has a girlfriend named Vanessa, played by Morena Baccarin. He also has a hilarious friend named Weasel, played by T.J. Miller, who will help, but doesn’t want to get involved.

Everything is hunky dory until Wade Wilson is  diagnosed with cancer. That’s when a mysterious man shows up who ensures Wade that he could save his life. Wade doesn’t believe him at first. However, the thought of dying and leaving Vanessa is too much for him to bear. 

This is where the plot thickens. Wade undergoes an experiment conducted by Ajax. However, it’s not what the mysterious man promised. In fact, the experiment leaves Wade disfigured.

When Wade discovers he’ll have to live out his life looking like a monster, he and Ajax go to blows. Ajax gets the best of him and leaves Wade to die.

But Wade doesn’t die. Instead he gets well and spends every waking hour looking for Ajax and killing all the bad men he encounters along the way. He enlists the help of two X-Men - Colossus (a motion-captured performance by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hildebrand.

There’s a lot going on in this film. A lot of it is out of sequence – especially with its frequent flashbacks. You have to pay close attention or you might just get lost.

Deadpool is a fast and furious film with plenty of action, some of it rather gruesome. The character, Deadpool, describes it as a love story.  There is a bit of that in the film – but it’s the action that forwards the story.

This is a raucous ride and a great popcorn flick!

Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller, stars Ryan Reynolds, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. It’s produced by Stan Lee, Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Aditya Sood and Jonathon Komack Martin.

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likable), O (oh, yeah) and E (excellent) Deadpool gets an E (excellent).

Deadpool is currently in theaters nationwide. It’s Rated R, Running time: 1h 48 min

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