deadpool review

If we’re going to be entirely honest with one another, I was kind of dreading Deadpool. I love superhero movies and I have often enjoyed the character of Deadpool in the pages of Marvel comic books, but I had so little faith in any attempt to bring him to the screen. I figured the film would be one joke repeated for two hours, that Wade Wilson was too weird to exist in a movie.

I was wrong and chances are strong that you also know how wrong I was, as the film opened to a record-shattering $135 million at the box office over the weekend. Deadpool is a hoot, a film that coats the typical superhero movie template with a satisfying combination of ultra-violence, immature jokes, and satire. Director Tim Miller has orchestrated a hurricane of a movie – it’s a force of chaos and destruction that leaves nothing standing, but it’s contained and controlled and follows a very direct and purposeful path. That’s easier said than done.

And since you’ve all seen this movie already, it’s time to take a slightly deeper dive into the movie, to break it into a few component parts and take a look at what works and what doesn’t. Spoilers follow, naturally.

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Deadpool red-band trailer

Screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are feeling good. After years and years of waiting, the screenwriting duo is finally seeing Deadpool reach the big screen. The screenwriters behind Zombieland have been working on the profane, sweet and funny Marvel character for a long time, and not only did the movie get made, it’s also doing well with fans and critics.

So, for a variety of reasons, Wernick and Reese have plenty to be feeling good about.

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criminal trailer

The first trailer for director Ariel Vromen‘s Criminal looks familiar, but in an oddly comforting way. After watching this footage, you can assemble the entire plot of the film in your head, predict every character arc, and call every twist, but it still feels perfectly fine. This is the kind of mid-range, slightly predictable thriller that we need in our lives, a vehicle for good actors to remind your why you like them. If Criminal lives up to its trailer, it will be a perfectly serviceable stepping stone between event movies. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Plus, it features Ryan Reynolds‘ brain being directly injected into that of Kevin Costner, which is just weird enough to garner your attention for two minutes.

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Deadpool Sequel

After years of waiting, Deadpool is finally opening in theaters, and so far most critics agree the wait was worth it. The Marvel character was once looked upon as an underdog, struggling to get his own movie made, but now the 20th Century Fox project, after plenty of clever marketing, is tracking to open big this weekend. Feeling confident, the studio already has a Deadpool sequel in the works.

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x-force movie

One of the downsides to most of the X-Men movies so far has been the has been the focus on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Sure, Jackman’s take on the adamantium-clawed mutant superhero is one of those vital foundational blocks upon which the entire comic book movie genre has been built, but it’s been a little suffocating. With the exception of X-Men: First Class, most of the films in the series have been Wolverine movies that also happen to feature some other X-Men. His solo films have been a little redundant. 20th Century Fox’s insistence on focusing on one character while avoiding the vast X-Men corner of the Marvel universe and its deep, wild bench of characters has been frustrating.

But with Deadpool about to storm the box office gates this weekend, that looks like it’s about change… and Ryan Reynolds is already talking about an X-Force movie, a project that has seemingly been on life support for a few years.

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Deadpool Script

The Deadpool embargo is no longer, and the R-rated 20th Century Fox project has garnered mostly enthusiastic reviews. The film is both a conventional and unconventional superhero movie. When its tropes are familiar, it’s still plenty of fun, but it’s the unexpected sweetness and the honest relationship that makes Deadpool stand out amongst the herd. Tim Miller‘s film finds spectacle in character, not so much massive set pieces.

While I was interviewing Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it became clear the budget restraints are actually the reason why audiences are seeing a genuine Deadpool movie in theaters this weekend. Read what they had to say below.

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DEADPOOL

It took seven years, thousands of noisy fans, an unusually persistent leading man, and some fortunately leaked footage to get Deadpool from his inauspicious big-screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his own solo feature. Based on the marketing, it’s already pretty clear that this latest iteration of the Merc with a Mouth is much more faithful to the spirit of the comics than the last one was. But does that make him worth all the time, money, blood, sweat, and tears that have been poured into this film?

The first Deadpool reviews hit the web over the weekend, and you long-suffering fans can breathe a sigh of relief. While his gleefully profane, unapologetically juvenile sense of humor hasn’t proved to be everyone’s cup of tea, by and large the critics are digging this R-rated take on the superhero genre. We’ll have much, much more to say about the film in the comic days and weeks, but in the meantime, see a Deadpool review roundup after the jump. Read More »

Deadpool red-band trailer

There’s just under a week to go until Deadpool hits theaters, and that’s enough time for one last, big marketing push from 20th Century Fox. Star Ryan Reynolds and his colleagues were reportedly all over the Bay Area this weekend, handing out chimichangas and taking over a local bar, and their big weekend culminated today in an appropriately irreverent Deadpool Super Bowl spot. The big game may be sacred territory for much of America, but nothing is off-limits for the Merc with a Mouth. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »

Deadpool Script

In just under a couple weeks, fans will be getting the Deadpool movie they’ve been wanting for years. The film starring Ryan Reynolds is officially R-rated, and the Merc with a Mouth comic creator has said it’s the best version of his character that he’s ever seen. The movie is so dirty that it has been banned in China. But if for some reason the film isn’t as raunchy as fans hoped, co-star T.J. Miller says there will be a much dirtier Deadpool director’s cut coming later this year. Read More »

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first deadpool clip

The first Deadpool clip has arrived and it’s probably not what you’d expect. The red-suited “merc with a mouth” is nowhere to be seen. There are no edged weapons or firearms. The wisecracks are few. There’s not even a single drop of blood! However, we do get Ryan Reynolds‘ Wade Wilson and Morena Baccarin‘s Vanessa Carlysle having a sweet little scene that seemingly exists just so it can climax with two out-of-nowhere dirty jokes, one of which involves (pixelated) Ryan Reynolds nudity.

Check out the clip, and Ryan Reynolds’ posterior, below.

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