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Self-satisfied to the point of irritation, “Deadpool” is the latest in an apparently endless supply of superhero films — and like just about every other new superhero movie, it’s clearly designed as the launching point for a future franchise. (See “Daredevil,” “Catwoman,” “The Green Hornet” and not one but two “Fantastic Four” efforts. Actually, I like you, so please DON’T see any of those movies.) Directed with no small amount of flash and style by Tim Miller, “Deadpool” stars Ryan Reynolds in a bit of casting that’s almost too easy, seeing as how the character of Deadpool is a real wisenheimer, and Reynolds has long specialized in playing fast-talking quipsters. The comically violent opening action sequence and the credits serve notice we’re in for a superhero movie that will be as much about spoofing the genre and winking at the audience as it will be about serving up a genuine storyline. In fact, the credits are kind of great, as we’re told the movie will feature “A British Villain” and a “CGI Character,” was produced by some “Real A–hats” and was written by “The Real Heroes.” (We also get references to Reynolds’ ill-fated turn as “Green Lantern,” his heavily criticized appearance as Deadpool in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and his 2010 “Sexiest Man Alive” People magazine cover.) Clad in a pseudo-sadomasochistic, red-and-black leather costume (Spiderman’s worn out it looks), wearing a mask vaguely reminiscent of the getup sported by The Gimp in “Pulp Fiction,” Deadpool is an unstoppable killing machine who takes great pleasure in mowing down bad guys while keeping up a stream-of- consciousness monologue filled with one-liners, mostly lazy pop culture references, random thoughts (“Did I leave the stove on?”) and more than a few homoerotic observations. (Deadpool’s romantic interest is a woman, but the way he talks about Wolverine’s, vital equipments, and the conversations he has with men, make us wonder if he’s interesting in expanding his horizons.) “Deadpool” hits the ground running with a gory shootout on a highway and those cool credits — but soon after that we’re plunged into a prolonged flashback in which we learn, you guessed it, THE ORIGINS OF DEADPOOL. Again with the origin story? Whether it’s “Spider-Man” or “Ant- Man,” “The Hulk” or “Captain America,” “Wolverine” or “The Fantastic Four,” rare is the origin movie with an origin actually worth a giant chunk of a movie. (“Batman Begins” and “Iron Man” being two exceptions.) Ryan Reynolds is top notch as Wade/Deadpool, direction is mixed I would say. Haywire screenplay makes deadpool fast but impact is missing. Problem is, “Deadpool,” like so many other satires, ends up being not all that different from the films it’s spoofing. Also, we’ve seen wisecracking anti-heroes time and again, from “The Mask” to “Iron-Man.” And it’s not really all that original to tell the story of a reluctant superhero who keeps telling everyone he’s not a superhero. I would prefer to watch cult “The Mask” again instead of tediously Self spoofing deadpool.
If “Deadpool” does well at the box office, no doubt we’ll see more chapters in the saga. Its another revenge film filled with Adult jokes. 2 stars is what I can give to it.
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Deadpool Official Trailer #1 (2016) – Ryan Reynolds Movie HD
Deadpool | Official Trailer 2 [HD] | 20th Century FOX