‘Deadpool’ hits the Chimichangas (Review)


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Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as Marvel most unconventional, and foul mouthed, anti hero.

Those of us who are fans of the comic books know that 2016 is the year for comic book superheroes movie. With the films Batman V, Superman Dawn of Justice, Captain America Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse and Doctor Strange, it seems like a dream come true for comic book fans.

This brings us to Deadpool, the first comic book movie of 2016 and the first film in the X-Men universe to not focus on Wolverine (sorry Hugh Jackman).

Deadpool also sets the record to be one of the few superhero movies to have received an R-rating, which it rightfully deserves for its gory violence, incredibly perverted sense of humor, and its hyper-sexualized content. All of these would be considered risky moves by any studio, in this case 20th Century FOX, who many assumed would play it safe after the disaster that was Fantastic Four. However since this is Deadpool we are talking about, FOX must have realized that there was no better way to tell the story of Marvel’s favorite Merc with The Mouth.

Directed by Tim Miller and starring Ryan Reynolds, who reprises the role of the gun toting, bad mouthing, and 4th wall breaking mercenary from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the film also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapicic. Miller and Reynolds give us a different and extremely more faithful interpretation of the character after his former appearance in X-Men.

In Deadpool, Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces soldier who ends up contracting terminal cancer. In a desperate attempt to save himself, Wade signs up for an experimental procedure which succeeds in curing him of but also leaves him permanently disfigured and slightly insane. Wilson as Deadpool then decides to go after the men that ruined his life.

Those of you who have been craving something new from the superhero genre rather then the mostly predictable “goody two shoes hero vs the one eyed bad guy” will be pleased when you see Deadpool. The film is raunchy and uses language that you would never expect from your regular Marvel or DC films. Reynolds completely knocks it out of the park as Deadpool and plays the character down to a T, perfectly embodying the character’s dirty sense of humor, his constant motor mouth, and his famous 4th wall breaking style.

Deadpool itself is a incredible film with hilarious jokes, incredibly good dialogue (with the witty banter between Reynolds’ Wade Wilson and Miller’s Weasel being some of the most hilarious scenes), and a strong emotional core with the chemistry between Reynolds and Baccarin being undeniable. For fans of the X-Men film universe, a lot of easter eggs are present in the film that you will want to keep an eye out for.

In the end, Deadpool has set a high bar for the superhero genre this year. Let’s hope the other upcoming films can meet it.