Deadpool is the latest movie in the Marvel franchise, based on the comic book character of the same name. Yet another “anti-hero” hero movie. Deadpool is about a guy who’s life is ruined by becoming a super-hero and rather than find solace in the abstract rewards of his higher calling, he’s pissed about it and will never, ever forgive the universe for doing that to him.
I kinda like that premise. A super-hero who is bitter and cold about being a super-hero. It’s been done before. (Hancock springs to mind.) But what sets Deadpool apart from every other superhero movie I’ve ever seen is the style of humor, which is absolutely unique among super-hero movies.
It’s like the crews of CollegeHumor.com and Girls Gone Wild got together to make Marvel movie. Yeah. THAT kind of humor.
I’m just going to admit this right now. I laughed my ass off in this movie from beginning to end. Maybe I shouldn’t be proud of that. But the snarky, campy, bawdy humor was at the end of the day, just fine. For adults. Only adults. No kids. None. Not even mature for their age adolescents. Seriously. If you have kids, see the movie first before you take them. Otherwise you may find yourself having to ‘splain stuff you’d rather not have to and you may find you have to look a lot of it up in the Urban Dictionary.
Much has been made of the violence and gore in this movie. Maybe it’s just because I’d seen the Revenant recently, but the gore and violence never crossed the line for me. Yes, the blood and violence is more explicit that the usual Marvel movie because it’s Rated R. But I’ve seen plenty of R rated movies that push those limits far more than Deadpool did.
Ryan Reynolds does a good job balancing the snark and the hate-my-life insolence. Supporting cast is fine. The one noteworthy supporting cast is best friend/buddy/barkeep. I liked how that character never sugarcoats or tries to make Deadpool see a positive side in his situation. Instead, like a true friend, he tells it like it is with a gallows humor honesty and supports Deadpool when he can.