Alright, the basics boil down to: An ex-special forces guy turned mercenary (Wade Wilson) falls in love with a girl, he gets cancer, is offered a cure by a secret agency, but is tortured to trigger a mutation (resulting in developing rapid healing properties, even regrowing severed limbs) - So, naturally he sets out to get the bastard who did it to him (while hesitating to let his girl know he's alive due to his disfigurement). But - this is all wrapped in a package of high-octane, violent action, rude, crude, and acerbic attitude, all with a fat dose of wise-cracking humour, loads of in-jokes and cheeky stupidity.
Far from self-effacing, Deadpool is always 'on', his wise-assed demeanour and lines on a constant role. His irreverent attitude throws a middle finger up at the 'descent' super-hero template, his snarky humour mandatory throughout, even in the few "serious" moments.
Amid all this it's a love story and an origin story (naturally while poking fun at both these standards)
Even though the Marvel movies are all very much tied in, where Scream took the horror film tropes and brought direct attention to them, here Deadpool serves that purpose for this genre.
The press screening had the fanboys in attendance giggling non-stop, almost wanting everyone to know they catch all the in-jokes, references and jibes, resulting in the second half or actual punchlines of each sequence lost in the "I get it" guffaws. I'd hate to have seen this on a packed open weekend, crammed with them (maybe that's why people go watch these movies several times - to get the bits they missed!)
I wonder if some actors are pissed about their colleagues getting multiple superhero roles - Surely you can only be Green Lantern, Blade side-kick Hannibal King or Deadpool, not all three; either Daredevil or Batman, not both?
Producer / star Ryan Reynolds and his co-producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Schuler Donner took a chance but hit a bullseye, the more adult slant of the R-rated movie a given to many, but an affirmation for moviemakers who were too chicken to take the plunge, now suddenly getting projects green-lit after the quarter billion dollar worldwide opening weekend of Deadpool!
This movie may irritate the shit out of many people, but you may just have a blast in the process.
5 / B
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