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Deadpool - Movie Review

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4 stars

Forget the box of chocolates, dude.  I can think of no better valentine for this hallmark-hijacked date than taking the object of your affection to witness the vulgarity-spouting vigilantism of Deadpool, a comic book character originally created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld.  So stop it with the bad poetry.  Put the stuffed teddy bear back on the shelf.  There’s a good time to be had in the theater this weekend and, yes, you ARE going to score.  Of course, your date will probably be thinking about Ryan Reynolds at the time but, hey, a homerun is a homerun. 

While Deadpool is not a certified part of Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe (bummer), it is the first expanded look into Twentieth Century Fox’s X-Men franchise and, with plenty of breaks in the 4th wall, it is damn near close to being a parody of the whole superhero phenomenon in and of itself.  Which is a good thing in my book.  Honestly, when it comes to handling a big screen adventure helmed by the "Merc with a Mouth", I’d have it no other way than absolute and total mockery.

Yes, my friends, Deadpool has arrived and, thanks to the comedic talents and timing of Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller, the long-gestating project is a smashing success of anarchy and violence.  Just look at the insane marketing of the film and you get the feeling that the stuffy studio executives – who normally shit themselves over movies as self-referential as this for fear of being misunderstood by an attention deficit public – have a hell of a lot of faith in their product.  It obviously made those fat white guys laugh themselves silly.  I hope they even peed a bit in their well-pressed pants. 

Deadpool is kind of a once in a lifetime experience of meta and pop culture smackdowns.  The movie wisely doesn’t take itself seriously but is a constant load of insane fun that it is hard not to appreciate just how purposefully crazy it actually.  The story of Wade Wilson, a do-gooding mercenary whose cancer diagnosis forces him to go to extremes in treatment, is irreverent, vulgar, twisted, and definitely NOT for children. 

Do I need to stress that again? 

Okay, okay.  DEADPOOL IS NOT FOR CHILDREN.  I know all the kiddos are going to want to see this one but, hell, you may not want to know what they will be seeing – including a VERY exposed Reynolds (with all the dangly bits on display) fighting his way out of a very uncomfortable situation.  And that, my friends, is one of the tame scenes.    

With a load of profanity and witty smirks and smacks to boot, Wilson finds himself disfigured, unstable, and very pissed.  While Reynolds is aided by sidekick TJ Miller and on-screen girlfriend Morena Baccarin, this movie is all Reynolds and he nails it.  Every joke.  Every beat.  Every self-referential moment.  This movie is a love letter to the character and his fans, who have waited patiently for this one to land.  So what if the baddies, played by Ed Skrein and Gina Carano, fail to make a heavy impression?!  There’s simply way too much fun happening on the screen to care.  And, like I said, the whole movie plays out as if burlesque to the genre so you aren’t really going to give a crap that Ajax and Angel Dust are second-rate. 

Just laugh because, and we should all be thankful for this, we FINALLY get Deadpool back in action!  After the shitty handling of the character (sewing his mouth shut? WHAT THE FUCK?!) in an equally shitty film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine from 2009, we are beyond lucky that Reynolds kept a fire lit under the ass of this project.  He knew – like the character’s fans knew – that Hollywood had the right actor for the part, they just needed the right script. 

And, thanks to screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it has arrived in an anarchy-laced, revenge-driven twist to superheroic origin tales we know oh so well. 

Deadpool (complete with a hilarious post-credits scene) is gonna be HUGE

Deadpool - Movie Review

MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.
Runtime:
108 mins
Director
: Tim Miller
Writer:
Rhett Reese; Paul Wernick
Cast:
Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller
Genre
: Action | Sci-fi
Tagline:
Justice has a new face
Memorable Movie Quote: "I'm touching myself tonight."
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Official Site: http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/deadpool
Release Date:
February 12, 2016
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
May 10, 2016.
Synopsis: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.

Deadpool - Movie Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Available on Blu-ray - May 10, 2016
Screen Formats: 2.40:1
Subtitles
: English SDH, French, Spanish
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1; Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Discs: 50GB Blu-ray Disc; Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD); UV digital copy; iTunes digital copy; Google Play digital copy; DVD copy
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

As usual, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has done a superb transfer of the film. Deadpool's AVC encoded 1080p transfer (in 2.39:1) video transfer is simply amazing. Shot digitally, the transfer is crisply detailed and both shinnies and shimmies its way into your body and soul with its hysterical take on the whole comic book movie genre. The colors are bold and, complete with deep blacks and pulpy reds, offer a nice depth to the picture. The transfer has sharp textures and details throughout. Even knee deep in balls and butts during the naked sprawl, the attention to detail is specific and pretty glorious. No artifacting is found anywhere in the feature presentation. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is the perfect complement to the hard-hitting action.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Thankfully, 20th Century Fox commissioned two fun and interesting commentaries for this release. The first is with Ryan Reynolds and Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and Director Tim Miller and Deadpool Co-Creator/Comics Artist Rob Liefeld are featured on the second. You need both of these in your body right now.

Special Features:

Intentionally hysterical, the supplemental items NEVER let up on its audience. They are fun, informative, and are as effective as the movie itself in getting a response from viewers. The deleted scenes are quite extensive and feature optional commentary by director Tim Miller. The main supplemental is actually a series of five featurettes that cover the making of the movie and previous handlings of the character. They are quite funny. The galleries offer extended looks at storyboards, concept art, previzuals, and looks at the stunts in the film. Deadpool's Fun Sack – a collection of various interviews and other goofy stuff involving Ryan Reynolds – rounds out the release. A DVD and digital copy of the movie are included.Deleted/Extended Scenes (19 min)

  • Gag Reel (6 min)
  • From Comics to Screen. . .to Screen (80 min)
  • Galleries (65 min)
  • Dedpool's Fun Sack (25 min)

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