You’ve probably heard that Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Iron Man or that you can’t imagine anyone other than Hugh Jackman (Huge Ackman? WTH is an Ackman?) as Wolverine. Well, I propose to you that Ryan Reynolds was meant to be Deadpool! Of course, my idea of what the Merc-With-The-Mouth should be is limited to the little information I know about him (or knew about him). As I’ve mentioned before, I’m no comic reader, but I know a thing or two. And what I know about Deadpool is that he is sarcastic, vulgar, and constantly breaks the fourth wall. Reynolds shines in this position. Its like he has free-reign to do what he does best. Having been a fan of his for a long time (Van Wilder, Waiting, Just Friends), I loved seeing him in this role!
The movie was fantastic! (Not like Fantastic 4.) I didn’t know what to expect going into the theatre and, honestly, I was prepared for disappointment. I walked out pleasantly surprised and very interested in a hero I didn’t know much about before. The story was great and, even though he is abrasive and an anti-hero, I found myself rooting for Deadpool. I wanted to see this guy win! And I’m not the only one, apparently. This movie is on fire!
Honestly, I’m having a hard time thinking of anything negative to say here. Everything about this movie, from the opening credits to the stinger, was awesome! The acting, the jokes, the presentation, the fourth-wall breaking, the violence and vulgarity, it was all perfect. Oh, and by the way, taking your kids to this movie is a bad idea. Don’t be THAT person. And if you are that person you might want to rethink your values. I grew up watching R rated movies, but you know what I didn’t see in those movies? Pegging. I’m not going into details, but leave the kids out of this one. For crying out loud! Why do we force kids to grow up so fast these days? /rant off
This movies was released at an interesting time with huge productions scheduled all around it. We’re only just getting over Avegners: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Next in the Lineup we’re going to see Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocalypse. (So many subtitles.) This reminds me of a time some readers may be too young to remember, and its the reason I think Deadpool is so popular.
Let’s travel back to the mid to late nineties, when music was still good, and take a look at a couple of bands who went mainstream. Blink-182 and The Beastie Boys. I’m no fan of the latter. These bands came onto the scene when music was serious and depressing. People had grown tired of it and latched onto bands who made light hearted fun music, often as parody. Pop-punk was born. Music history is fun.
My point is this: Deadpool has come onto the scene when super-hero movies have grown too serious. Everything is about the end of the world these days. Did you see Doomsday and Apocalypse in those trailers? Those guys are not messing around. This is some serious life or death stuff going on. Fox’s brilliant release timing has given us a respite from the bombardment of heroes we are bound to grow tired of and they’ve kept things fresh by bringing in a hero who can say exactly what we are all thinking, and does he ever!
This is a movie you should absolutely see! Not only does it stand on its own as a solid, action-packed, hilariously entertaining movie, but it also stands as a reflection of the age we’re living in, the age of hero movies. Its a criticism, a parody, and a satirical look at some of the biggest pop-culture icons of the day. I fully believe this is why Deadpool works!