Iíd like to think that I am coining a new category of movie with this review. Weíve all seen romance and comedy movies and when you combine the two, you have romantic comedies which are fairly common films these days. Up to this point weíve had plenty super hero films, but with Deadpool I would say this movie marks the first of its kind as a super hero comedy. The movie has most of the elements one comes to expect from a traditional super hero movie. People in spandex, fight scenes, folks with incredible super powers and a super villain. But in this movie, those arenít the primary focus of the film. In this movie, itís not the punches and bullets that Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) spends the most time throwing at his opponents, itís the one-liners. Now donít get me wrong, this movie is very funny in a raunchy kind of way and Ryan Reynolds who stars as Deadpool was practically born to play this role, because it fits him so well. Itís just if you arenít that familiar with Deadpool in the comics and you walk into the theater expecting a typical super hero film, you might be disappointed. This ainít no X-Men or Avengers movie.
Deadpool is a string of comedic one-liners and puns with a little bit of story and action mixed in, and surprisingly it works. Now for those of you whose primary exposure to Reynolds and Deadpool is the first Wolverine movie, worry not. That version is all but forgotten with only a tiny comedic jab in this movie made about it.
The basic plot of the film centers around Wade Wilson, AKA Deadpool who is diagnosedÖ ah never mind itís not really relevant anyway. Suffice to say, prepare to laugh if you go to this one starting with the opening credits which are hilarious as well as the ending ones. Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo in this one, and again it is very funny. There is even an after-credit scene which is in keeping with the rest of the movie. The movie is rated R and for good reason. While funny, the graphic and adult-oriented content of the film truly does make it inappropriate to younger audiences. It will be interesting to see how that affects the filmís overall performance at the box office.
So if you are a fan of Deadpool in the comics or a super hero fan looking for a good laugh, then I do recommend you check this one out. Deadpool opens in theaters on February 12.