Even if you haven’t seen Deadpool by now, I’m sure you are painfully aware of its existence. Deadpool is another comic book movie that somehow is not a comic book movie. It’s not just because it’s rated R, it’s because it’s cut from a different cloth than the rest of the Marvel Universe.
Deadpool is the origin story of Wade Wilson, a Special Forces operative who becomes a mercenary with a soft spot. He falls in love with a beautiful vixen named Vanessa and the two pursue a life as one. Along the way, Wade finds out that he has cancer. Vanessa wants him to get treatment, but he basically has given up. Due to the downfall of his heart (a.k.a. his undying love), he seeks a radical treatment given by a man named after a brand of dish soap. The process leaves him with with an accelerated ability to heal and a face that looks like Freddy Krueger had intercourse with a topographical map of Utah.
The plot revolves around Deadpool trying to get the man that made him this way to fix the side effects (a.k.a. his ugly mug). He gets every obstacle thrown at him from idiot henchmen to Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead interfering. It was nice to see some X-men cross over into the forbidden R-rated comic book world. I would have preferred someone besides Colossus with his annoying Russian accent to crossover. It was about as appealing as Paul Giomatti playing the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but I digress. The movie was entertaining nonetheless.
I’m sure that if you are aware of this film that you are also aware that it is not child friendly in any way. I wish the young couple who decided to bring their three year old child to the screening that I was a part of would have gotten that memo. There is a ton of violence and gore, as well as nudity and foul language. Oops. I forgot about the sex. There’s also sex. So as you can see, this is not a child friendly movie unless you plan on raising a sociopath. With that being said, I just wanted to remind everyone that this is not the first R-rated Marvel branded movie. That honor would go to Blade. Just the first one though, the rest don’t count.
So now that we have gotten all of that out of the way, I guess I should say what I thought of it. I can sum it up in one word: love. I’m not using the word lightly either. I also love that fact that Ryan Reynolds fought so hard to get this film made and refused to do it if it strayed from the source material and was not rated R. Fans were disappointed with his portrayal of the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and so was Reynolds. He wanted to do the character justice and he succeeded. If you haven’t bought into all of the hype of the movie you should at least know this tiny nugget of a factoid: Deadpool has made more money domestically in the past ten days than any of the X-men movies ever did.