Yesterday, as a wholly appropriate Valentine’s Day (or the other way that the holiday is celebrated, Violent Times Day) activity, we went to go see Deadpool! In many ways, I’m not quite sure what to say about it, because it was just fun. It was irreverent, violent, funny, meta, while having a solid relationship, good action, and so much more.

More than anything, I have to say they caught the feel of Deadpool from the comics. The Merc with a Mouth: self-awaredly crazy (but is he?), needlessly reckless (but he heals), 4th-Wall-breaking, pop-culture-referencing, sword-and-gun wielding…

Some of the best moments are when multiple of these aspects come together at once, and in the movie, maybe best of all when they’re taking potshots at Ryan Reynolds, the previous incarnation of Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and things like that. So good – though some of those scenes unfortunately made it into the trailers.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you what the most violent scene was. What the most ridiculous string of curse words was. What the best joke. What the best or worst things were in general. It came together as a pretty great whole, though I agree with We Minored in Film that it was generally a better movie whenever Deadpool was in the scene, rather than Wade Wilson.

I can’t even really do a LitFlix much justice, since I don’t imagine this movie was based directly on any comic source. However, there are two main comic series I have read with Deadpool. One was the short (and ultra-violent) Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. In it, we see his murderous creativity, certainly displayed in the movie. Second, as one of the team members in Uncanny X-Force. And that makes me think that the rumored X-Force movie could certainly include Deadpool as a character and not have him completely overshadow the whole thing. Still, he would be a disruptive force whenever he came onscreen so you would have to handle it carefully.

So since I don’t know what to say, I’ll leave that to you – open discussion in the comments below about the movie! And if you haven’t seen it, and are okay with stylized violence on screen and continuous cursing, then go see it and as everyone has recommended – leave the kids at home.

5 responses to “Deadpooooooool!

  1. I want to watch it sooooo bad! Not in Japan. 😦

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  3. It was so amazing! I loved every minute of it.

    It’s not worth a whole post, but besides praising them for their handling of the irreverence in jokes and capturing Deadpool’s essence, I’d like to thank the film for having strong female characters. Sure, he goes to save his fiancee, but she’s by no means a damsel in distress. She breaks herself out of that cage (slicing her hands in the process) and even takes a whack at the baddie. The two female superheros/villains are also amazing. It wouldn’t pass the Bechdel test, but it never had me rolling my eyes at its handling of female characters. And having an irreverent, non-PC character worshiped by men for those reasons, it could have very easily been eye roll worthy. It never was in my books, which made me love it even more than just because it was Deadpool and amazing.

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