Review: Deadpool (2016 movie)

The is easily one of the strangest, funniest, and most obscene superhero movies I’ve ever seen. It breaks the fourth wall so much you expect to see the title character stealing handfuls of your popcorn. He even comments on breaking the fourth wall, at one point saying, “A fourth wall break inside a fourth wall break? That’s like, sixteen walls.”

I wish I could describe a sequence of love scenes between the hero and his girlfriend that involve their making love on holidays (all holidays, not just the big ones) and in particular how Morena Baccarin observes International Women’s Day, but I don’t want to spoil it.

There’s a secondary superheroine character, a moody teen (of the Emo sort, if I have my taxonomy right) whose X-Men superhero name is Negasonic Teenage Warhead. When she introduces herself to Deadpool, he says, “Negasonic Teenage… what the shit? That’s the coolest name ever!”

Deadpool later remarks to her that even when visiting Professor Xavier’s school, “It’s funny that I only ever see two of you. It’s almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.” (Actually, they were just too cheap, not realizing the film would become a huge hit.)

At one point when someone tells Deadpool that looks aren’t everything, he replies, “Looks ARE everything! … You think Ryan Reynolds got this far on a superior acting method?” Deadpool is of course played by Ryan Reynolds.

OK, OK, I’m not going to recite the whole movie to you, I just wanted to give you an idea what you’re in for. But don’t expect it to be pure sarcastic comedy. It’s also violent, obscene (as I may have mentioned), and in places pretty seriously disturbing. Imagine Wile E Coyote suffering in agony, even if he heals quickly. It’s definitely not a film for everyone, but if you can put up with the grossness, it’s pretty entertaining.

The following is a red band trailer, as in an uncensored one, not safe for work and all that. Also a mild spoiler or two, but that’s how today’s trailers roll.


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