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Marvel’s Deadpool

February 18, 2016
Ryan Reynold stars as Deadpool in Marvel’s newest and comical superhero film–20th Century Fox

Ryan Reynold stars as Deadpool in Marvel’s newest and comical superhero film–20th Century Fox

CALEB DANIEL

Staff Reporter | csd020@ latech.edu

 

As a Marvel fan familiar with Deadpool, I expected two things from the Merc with a Mouth’s new movie: the film would be funny, and it would NOT be for children.

 

Despite these expectations, I was still not prepared for how hilarious, yet vulgar and gory, Marvel’s favorite mercenary turned out to be.

 

As the Fox Studios film rapidly moves through its 100-minute runtime, the air is full of bullets, profanity, and/or overt sexual references for almost every minute of it. Because that’s who Deadpool is.

 

Ex-Special Forces operative Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a wisecracking, lowlife mercenary who becomes subjected to a brutal genetics experiment, leaving him with ugly skin mutations and incredible healing powers.

 

 

Wilson dons the name Deadpool and uses his powers to save his lover and take revenge on his tormentor. And he is not afraid to drop pants, f-bombs and bodies along the way.

 

Reynolds’s Deadpool wields his sardonic wit even more frequently than his weapons, and the result is a Marvel movie more humor-oriented than any of its predecessors.

 

He slips easily past the fourth wall to make quips about actors, including Reynolds himself, the audience and even Fox Studios.

 

Deadpool also accomplishes his heroics in a much more violent way than casual superhero fans are used to, blowing out four brains with a single bullet and spelling out words with the bodies of his victims.

 

The violence, intended to add to the humor, usually worked but became unnecessary and cringe-worthy. Minutes-long graphic sex scenes left me feeling awful for the 8-year-olds I saw in attendance.  Even with his crimson pants on, Deadpool makes Iron Man look like a Boy Scout.

 

Regardless of the constant graphic content, or perhaps because of it, this is comic-book Deadpool at his most accurate.

 

No planet or even city is at stake in this story: Deadpool’s entire mission is done with selfish motives.

 

He may have super powers, and he may happen to beat up bad guys, but he was never meant to be a hero.

 

Deadpool himself addresses this, pausing in the middle of ferociously impaling a victim to explain to the audience, “This is not a superhero movie.”

 

Director Tim Miller, referred to in the opening credits as “a stupid tool,” and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, “the real heroes,” perfectly showcased everything Deadpool is with this film.

 

For viewers not averse to heavy doses of coarseness and violence, “Deadpool” will completely satisfy as a hilarious and bold experience.

3 out of 5 stars

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