Ready for a Marvel movie that isn't for kids on ANY level? Fasten your seat belt for DEADPOOL, the most fun I've had at a movie in a long time.
Leaving the debacle of "The Green Lantern" long behind him in a smoldering pile of green spandex, Ryan Reynolds is perfectly cast as Wade, a former special opps soldier, now mercenary for hire.
Stumbling from one domestic assignment to another, Wade meets Vanessa, beautifully played (in every way possible) by Morena Baccarin (V) who is the perfect sarcastic balance to Wade's hilarious verbal assaults.
When he's diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Wade is recruited into a secret new treatment that transforms him into a self-healing, incredibly strong superhero with a penchant for profanity, wicked cut downs and violence.
Reynolds is damn funny throughout, often turning to the audience to break the fourth wall and talk directly to the viewer with wry commentary on the on-screen action.
The film's creativity in bending the Marvel film template is unending. The film opens with an incredible action sequence, broken down into three dimensional slow motion and hilarious credits that skewer everything from the production company and Reynolds to the director, while honoring the writers as "the real heroes" of the film.
Phoenix based writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick ARE heroes, for taking everything you thought could be in a Marvel film and exploding those boundaries in witty, smart, dirty and stylish fashion.
Reynolds manages to make fun of himself as Green Lantern, of Hugh Jackman repeatedly and Marvel itself more than once. Deadpool's hate for the X-Men in general and Wolverine in particular generates a bloody bucket of laughs.
Two lesser X-Men characters (at least until this huge box office hit) Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) offer reluctant support for Deadpool. Deadpool's comments on 20th Century Fox and Marvel being to cheap to have any real X-MEN in this film are a blast.
TJ Miller is Weasel, Wade/Deadpool's best friend and support system and the perfect comic ying to Reynolds Deadpool.
The film has a great story, a perfect mashup of a superhero/action/love story/horror flick, all perfectly accompanied by Deadpool's on screen narration and voice over.
There are more great jokes in any 15 minutes of this film than almost any comedy I've seen in the past year.
The special effects are terrific, the action scenes first rate and my face hurt from laughing.
New director Tim Miller is one to watch, showing a deft hand at skewering the hand that feeds him with superb style.
Deadpool is dirty, sexy, rude fun, not for kids on any level. It takes the refreshing offbeat touch of "Guardians of the Galaxy" and turns up the blood, the raunch and the humor to the perfect levels (unless you're easily offended, in which case you are in the wrong theatre).
At some point in the past four years, I challenged friends to name ONE good Ryan Reynolds movie. Their answers didn't disprove my point that it didn't exist.
Mr. Reynolds, I apologize. This isn't a good film, It's a hilariously great one and you are officially forgiven for The Green Lantern.
Clearly, you were meant to wear red.
As soon as I stop laughing, I'll give Deadpool a solid A.