The Bock’s Office: ‘Deadpool’ is dead funny comic book movie
February 19, 2016
Protecting the innocent and providing a positive role model for today's youth is all well and good, but there's something to be said for someone who can unleash a litany of swears between eviscerating his enemies and still be the most likeable guy on screen. Enter "Deadpool."
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"Deadpool," rated R
Rating: 2.5 out of 4 stars
Running time: 108 minutes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein and TJ Miller
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With a long history of violence — some of which he's ashamed of, some of which is his pride and joy — soldier of fortune Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is ready to hang up his weapons when he meets a woman (Morena Baccarin) whose sense of humor is just as twisted as his own.
No sooner has his warped outlook on life changed that he's hit with a bombshell: terminal cancer in nearly all his major organs.
Willing to do anything to stay alive and healthy, Wade makes an unusual deal with a shady organization that promises to cure him of his affliction through extensive experimentation.
The results work well in terms of healing his damaged insides for good but come with the drawback of massively disfiguring his outer appearance and unleashing his even more psychotic side as he vows revenge on the scientist (Ed Skrein) that did this to him.
Reynolds is the entire show, whether in makeup that makes him look like a human prune or in the acerbic antihero's trademark red and black getup, designed to not show the blood that accumulates as he goes about his dealings armed with a pair of katanas, a Hello Kitty backpack stuffed full of guns and ammo and an endless supply of filthy jokes and asides.
The actor's appearance in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was the bright spot of that low point of the X-movies, but it's largely retconned — still garnering more respect than "Green Lantern" within his latest — to showcase possibly the most cartoony of all the movies bearing the Marvel Comics name.
Remember, we were cheering for a talking raccoon and a tree man two years ago.
A hero's only as good as his villain, and Skrein is menacing but utterly bland as the man who prefers to be known as Ajax but loses his mind if you call him Francis. Still, no matter how little personality he has, you don't want to push the buttons of a guy who can no longer feel pain and has a nearly indestructible right-hand gal (Gina Carano).
Comedian TJ Miller is a good fit as Wade's only friend, Weasel, whose watering hole for scumbags boasts an ongoing bet on who will be the next to croak. A "dead pool," if you will.
Hey, you think that's where he got his name?
The only thing harder than getting The Merc with a Mouth to shut up must have been convincing studio executives to move forward on a movie in which one of the most handsome men in cinema ends up looking like the English Patient's more energetic brother.
Things get a little too real when we see the unmasked Wade Wilson, and it's not because he's hard to look at, rather because his story is unbearably familiar. If we wanted a mutant who's nearly immortal and can't get along with others, we've already got Hugh Jackman, something DP himself reminds us of more than a few times.
The more grounded this lunatic stays, the less his movie works. But once we get past the painful flashbacks and the bodysuit comes on, it all starts to click as a fast-paced, unhinged, unapologetically family unfriendly actioner with a title character who has way too passionate an opinion about IKEA furniture, yet hardly thinks twice about hacking off his own hand to get out of a jam. The film also features some well-placed appearances by fellow comic book characters and the people who made his creation possible.
If you need your heroes to be respectful of authority, remorseful when they kill or remotely in touch with reality, "Deadpool" is not for you. However, if you've tired of the mainstream superheroes and the occasional forced chuckle you might get while wathcing them, get ready for some well-done irreverence.
Wade won't even have to hold a gun to your head to get a giggle. But, he'll do it just for fun. 12 bullets or bust!
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