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By David Sheridan
The “Merc with the Mouth” is back, and this time, Fox Studios actually gave him a mouth.
Deadpool has been redeemed with his very own movie. From the opening credits, “Deadpool” is exactly what it should be — a Deadpool movie.
It’s violent, bloody at times and one of the funniest movies in years. The fourth wall breaking that fans have come to expect from Marvel’s crazy anti-hero are done very well.
I have been excited about this movie since the test footage was leaked a few years back.
The “Deadpool” Fox put into “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” left a bad taste in my mouth for years, but when there was a promise of an actual Deadpool movie starring Ryan Reynolds, I was on board immediately.
For those of you who are unaware of who Deadpool is, let me explain.
DC Comics had a villain in their universe named Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke. He was pretty popular and Marvel wanted something to compete with their rival.
Enter Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Deadpool. Deadpool was introduced as a kind of parody of Deathstroke. He’s a deadly mercenary who is well aware of the fact that he’s in a comic. His popularity has recently skyrocketed on the internet.
If you want the back story of the character himself, go see the movie. It fills you in rather well. The movie embodies everything you could want in a Deadpool movie.
Sure, the plot is a basic Hollywood story: Hero has a problem with the bad guy, bad guy kidnaps the hero’s girl, hero goes to rescue his girl, but that story is wrapped up in the madness that is Deadpool, and because of that it works.
There was no better person to play Deadpool than Ryan Reynolds. He was a big reason we got this movie, because he cares about the character and it shows in his acting.
It feels like he had fun finally being able to play Deadpool the way he was meant to be. The perfect complement for Reynolds in this movie was T.J. Miller as Weasel.
The quick one-liners and the back and forth between the two are either really well-written or really well-improvised because they’re some of the funniest parts in the movie.
There were two things that I feared would happen for this movie. I thought the excitement surrounding the movie itself would build up too much and would just lead to disappointment. My other fear, like it is with most comedy movies, is that all the funny parts would be spoiled in the trailers.
Fortunately, neither of those are true. The movie surprised me with how well written it was.
I saw “Deadpool” twice within 24 hours, and I’ve already told many people to go see it. It had the highest grossing opening weekend for an R-rated movie of all time for a reason.
It’s that good. Plus, a sequel has already been greenlit, so this franchise isn’t going away any time soon.