I’m not even sure I would have liked it five years ago since it’s so cynical and at moments mean-spirited, but now that we have a Marvel item this refreshingly different, I was quick to roll with it. Deadpool is the umpteenth Marvel comic book movie, and after a string of behemoth box office winners, it seems as if the company was thankfully ready for a detour. Ready for a risk. There is acid profane comedy, outrageous sex banter, black comedy, ironic parody of the superhero genre, and goddammit thank you – less action.
By the time “Avengers: Age of Ultron” came around and bored me to tears, I never wanted to see another Marvel product ever again. How many more explosions and computerized shots of crumbling cities could I bear to see? Done with such repetition? Is it not easier to be attuned to superhero action that could plausibly take place, that is, if there were such things as superheroes?
Ryan Reynolds first played Wade Wilson in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, a totally forgettable and yawn-inducing entry. The character then was arbitrary, now he’s irreverent and slinging jokes, and busting heads with no-nonsense hesitation. He’s in love with a total babe, Morena Baccarin from TV’s “Firefly” has the perfect blend of tough cookie and naughty but fun girl. When ruthless underworld bad guys, headed by a British villain (of course!), decide to use Wade as an experimental guinea pig – well, let’s just say Wade becomes the disfigured but very powerful and instinctual Deadpool. He also can also heal from a bullet wound instantaneously.
Instead of typical bombastic save the world stuff from most Marvel movies, “Deadpool” is a modest revenge tale in kinky noirish high style. Wade needs to give the bad guys their deliverance and reunite with his former love. I expected that I would hate it before I started it. I was quite wrong about it. I’ll take its debauchery and cynicism, too, since at least that’s a note that hasn’t been played before in these types of movies. It helps that Reynolds is a perfect wiseass. And helps that it has the shortest running time among Marvel movies.
108 Minutes. Rated R.
ACTION-ADVENTURE / MARVEL COMICS LORE / WEEKEND AFTERNOON MOVIE
Film Cousins: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009); “Green Lantern” (2011); “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014); “Doctor Strange” (2016).