The irreverent Ryan Reynolds

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Karen Kunawicz

Karen Kunawicz

As far as super hero movies go, Deadpool is certainly at the irreverent end of the scale. It’s Rated R-16, has some nudity, splatting viscera and lots of foul language. It’s marketed as a comedy—and while at times I think it tries way too hard for laughs, overall it works anyway.

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That’s partly because Deadpool is, as the poster suggests, a smart ass—and he is also a motor mouth. The fourth wall breaks and Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool, a.k.a. Ryan Reynolds just does not stop talking to the other characters, and to the audience. He jumps from being the character to being himself.

His dialogue is rapid fire and I can’t think of that many actors that can pull it off the way he does. You can thank the film’s producers for finally succumbing to Reynold’s supposed lobbying to be in a Deadpool film—he really just didn’t pull this idea out of a hat. Reynolds did play Deadpool in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Two years later (2011), he ended up playing Hal Jordan in in Green Lantern—which didn’t go over too well with audiences or critics. It really seems it was not his destiny to wear that power ring but to once again, don that red and black costume. References are shamelessly made everywhere here though—like to that Green Lantern film that bombed and to Wolverine / Hugh Jackman.

Deadpool ponders a love letter to Wolverine

Deadpool ponders a love letter to Wolverine

Deadpool / Reynolds does not let any opportunity to make fun of other characters, other superheroes or himself, pass.

This is really Ryan Reynold’s show but—do watch out for the hot “British villain,” Ajax. Remember the first Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones? The one that looked like he was perpetually swaggering even while standing still and knew Daenerys wanted him? The more badass Daario? Well, Ed Skrein may have left the series but hopefully this role sets him up for other British villain roles perhaps something along the path of a younger Mark Strong? The lad does have screen presence.

A little piece of my heart also goes out to Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) that lovely disenfranchised teenage goth girl with the buzz cut and dark lipstick who is capable of projecting energy blasts. I do love the super hero girls who are not all about the flowing hair and boobs and who have something dark yet fun and edgy about them.

Deadpool is the first feature film of director Tim Miller who previously worked on the opening credits for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (those black oil slick visuals set to the music of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), and on the special effects of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

It’s a very promising debut.

Deadpool is a superhero film, an action film with a really simple plot (“hero” seeks revenge on baddie, baddie kidnaps hero’s girl in the final act, hero rushes to rescue girl), a comedy, a love story. It can get properly juvenile—the boys will love it.

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