How much you like “Deadpool” will depend a lot on how familiar you are with the Marvel Comics character. Those who have read the books know he’s not the typical defender of justice who believes in truth and honesty.
Deadpool is a foul-mouthed jerk who would rather put a bullet in a bad guy’s head than to take him off to jail. He loves to talk about sex, violence, sex, sex, sex and more sex. And, just like he does in the comics, Deadpool has no problem breaking the fourth wall.
He doesn’t just break the wall, he destroys it with a constant barrage of dialogue delivered directly to the audience. It even continues through the additional scene after the credits.
There’s no question from the opening credits that “Deadpool” is different. Instead of listing the cast of characters or top technical people, like actress Morena Baccarin (who plays Deadpool’s love interest) or writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, they are listed during the opening credits only as “a hot chick” and “the real heroes of the film.”
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This is just a hint of the madness to follow.
The slowest part is a rather traditional origin story. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a two-bit thug who falls for Vanessa (Baccarin), a hooker with a heart of gold. They are very happy with their life of petty crime and constant sexual adventures. You may never look at the Chinese New Year the same after seeing “Deadpool.”
That changes when Wade is diagnosed with terminal cancer. His only hope of survival is a mysterious doctor, Ajax (Ed Skrein), who saves Wade’s life but turns him into an immortal with a skin condition that he describes as making him look like a walking avocado. Wade needs to force Ajax to fix his face or kill him trying.
Deadpool is the role Reynolds was born to play. His fast-talking, smart-aleck style that made “Green Lantern” such a major disaster is perfectly suited for this role. His delivery is so fast and furious, it may take a couple of viewings to catch all the quips and comments.
And the comments keep breaking through the fourth wall. At one point when Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) is taking Deadpool to see Dr. Xavier, the head of the X-Men, Deadpool asks, “McAvoy or Stewart?” referring to the two actors who have played the character in past “X-Men” movies.
In another scene when Deadpool arrives at the massive home of the X-Men, he points out that all he’s only seen two X-Men. He adds, “It’s almost as if the studio wouldn’t pay for more X-Men.”
These are lines that can be quoted in proper company. Most of what Deadpool has to say revolves around some version of sex. And those comments are laced with the kind of words that guarantee an R rating.
But, that’s not a bad thing. “Deadpool” is not meant to be a standard superhero movie. There are plenty of those that follow the safe All-American patterns. “Deadpool” is supposed to be an in-your-face, kick-you-in-the-groin, shock-your-mama kind of movie.
Except for a few moments during the obligatory origin part of the film, “Deadpool” is a rude, crude fighting machine. If you are willing to accept a superpowered character who spits at superhero conventions, then “Deadpool” is a (expletive deleted) good time.