Deadpool (2016)

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Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life. --TMDb
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Review by Crispy
Added: November 30, 2016
Even the more casual comic book fans are familiar with Deadpool as the character is loved for his spastic sense of humor. However, seemingly less well known is just how raunchy and violent he is and his very own feature film turned all of these attributes to eleven, much to the chagrin of parents across the nation.

Wade Wilson is a dangerous man; he's a former Special Forces soldier boasting forty-one confirmed kills, but that just wasn't the life for him. Driven by a greater sense of morals (and an off-kilter sense of humor), he's left the military and taken up a job as mercenary, working pro bono cases for people needing protection. While hanging out at his usual bar, he meets a prostitute named Vanessa who has the rare ability of matching Wade's penchant for verbal banter. That and a mutually insatiable sex drive form the foundation of a relationship that quickly grows deeper over the following year. Things couldn't be going better when Wilson is diagnosed with cancer running through every major organ in his body. While Vanessa refuses to walk away from him, he has no intention of letting her watch him die a slow, painful death and leaves in the middle of the night. You see, he was recently approached by a man who knew his entire story. What's more, he claimed he knew of a program that would not only heal Wade, but make him into a superhero. Nothing comes without a price though, as while the procedure gives Wade a super-human healing ability, it also leaves him horribly disfigured. Terrified of Vanessa's rejection based on his new terrifying visage, he lets the woman believe he's long dead and begins a bloody campaign of revenge against the head scientist of that procedure, a man named Ajax, becoming the masked vigilante Deadpool in the process.

Let's get something straight. Deadpool's action scenes are nothing like the typical comic book movie's. He's a fan of swords and guns, and he puts both of them to good use. Head shots, decapitations and stabbings are all shown in their gruesome entirety. Adding to the the entertainment, the film actually uses slow motion effectively, highlighting some of his more agile maneuvers. It's nice to be reminded why that became such a common trope. Also, Deadpool uses an interesting mid-res approach to its plot. The first hour of the movie consists of Deadpool attacking Ajax's motorcade on an overpass, interspersed with Wade's backstory about Vanessa, his cancer and the aforementioned procedure. This was a fantastic decision; the movie absolutely required a breakneck pace to match the titular character. The flashback technique let Tim Miller get the emotion of his origin told and fleshed out properly without having to wait a half hour to get to the bloody part.

Let's get something else straight. Deadpool's approach to comedy is nothing like the typical comic book movie, and under no circumstances was it made with kids in mind. Most of Wilson's dialogue is sexual, from contemplating how big his dick is going to feel in his small, reforming hand to pretty much everything him and Vanessa say to each other. The rest of the comedy comes from his juvenile sense of humor and his total nonchalance at the extreme violence he's dishing out. The 80's style one-liners following a kill is one thing when the deaths were as ridiculous as they were in those flicks, but it's completely different when the bloodshed is so much more visceral. And that's exactly how it should be. Truth is, it's this chaotic, off-color humor that's made Deadpool as popular a character as he is, and giving him a movie without all that waters down his entire essence. Top it all off with the character's trademark disregard for the fourth wall and we've got a movie that nails every reason so many people love Deadpool.

Not content to let Deadpool be an action/comedy pandering to the lowest common denominator, Ryan Reynolds and Morena Baccarin's performances went a long way towards giving the movie some solid foundation to stand on. After all, Wade's motivation for everything he does throughout the entire movie is centered on his love for Vanessa; if they weren't able to make that believable, everything falls apart. Not that there were any worries given their resumes, but they both handled things beautifully. They were a nice foil to Stefan Kapičić and his goody two-shows Colossus. On the villain side of things, Ed Skrein and Gina Cerano, Ajax and his assistant respectively, were admittedly pretty cliche, but they got the job done.

Holy hell was this a fun movie! If you're even remotely a fan of Deadpool, this will give you everything you want and more. We can all finally move on with our lives and pretend that impostor from Wolverine: Origins never existed. 9.5/10.
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