| 03.24.2018

Breaking all the rules — The first ‘Deadpool’ movie is what comic book fans deserve


Bradley Burgess | Rawr

“Deadpool” is the official apology for the disastrous “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” — a film which famously botched the fan favorite character of Wade Wilson/Deadpool by sewing his mouth shut so he could speak none of the one liners that the comic book counterpart was known for.

This was so poorly received by fans that Ryan Reynolds, who played Wilson in that film, wanted to do it again — but this time, do it right. Now, with the release of “Deadpool”, Reynolds has fulfilled that wish, creating a film so entertaining and satisfying, that it’s almost enough to make fans forget that this was the same studio that brought us “Fantastic Four” — almost.

This time around, Wade Wilson is a wise-cracking muscle for hire, who opens the film beating up a pizza delivery guy who is stalking a teenager. Not long after that, Wade falls in love with a stripper, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), and is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Eager to cheat death, Wade is recruited by Ajax (Ed Skrein), who cures his cancer at the price of scarring his body and giving him superhuman abilities. rawrfeb3

Right from the first shot, complete with self-aware credits, it’s clear that everyone involved with this film knows and loves the character and wants to reward fans with every scene. Director Tim Miller, best known for creating the opening title sequence of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” expertly stages a number of super-violent battles and comes up with clever ways for Deadpool to break every rule that cinema has established.

But the real star of the film is Reynolds, who is clearly having the time of his life playing this role. Deadpool is a jerk, spouting profanity and insults that will undoubtedly offend sensitive viewers. But the amazing thing is that Reynolds makes the viewer root for the guy and want to watch him kill by the truckload. Equally impressive is that the nonstop jokes and hard-R content never gets repetitive or gratuitous throughout the film. Of the countless wisecracks, the majority of them are funny and well-written.

“Deadpool” is one of the most rewarding films for comic book fans since “The Avengers.” Comic book expert or not, this film is perfect for anyone looking for a hard-R detour from conventional action movies.

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