By Josh Krubner
FUCKING SPOILERS! YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
For this reason, I was able to give say Man of Steel a general score of “C-“ and a well-deserved fan score of an “F” as in “one of the worst fucking things I’ve ever seen.”
In rare cases – Harry Potter, Twilight, Lord of the Rings - I’m not able to give the fan perspective. This is one of those times, as up until I was Ferris’d out of the theater wondering who would be cast as Cable, I...
My passing exposure to Deadpool was when he popped up in comics that I was reading, and the insufferable PG Ultimate Deadpool in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions voiced annoyingly by who other than Nolan North.
Having been only[mostly] a Spidey and X-Men fan through the years and therefore avoiding any and all Deadpool, I turned to the internet for comic suggestions after being floored by Daredevil. I picked up a few iterations of Deadpool and only one was decent.
Nevertheless, I’ve always defended Ryan Reynolds as having been a picture perfect rookie womanizing, wise-cracking, jet-flyin', wheelin' dealin', kiss stealin' Hal Jordan, and NOT any of the problems with Green Lantern. For that reason, I figured I’d go see Deadpool (the movie) and see if I was wrong.
I wasn’t wrong.
From the opening credits, Deadpool pulls NO punches. Deadpool offers up a meta commentary on the state of the industry and the state of comic book movies, their over saturation with the general public, and their unending absurdity. It does all this while never being boring, never being generic (except when it is trying to) and delivering on any and all promises – except Gina Carano. STOP putting her in movies. If you’re gonna dub her that bad, just don’t cast her. Get another strong woman to toss people around who can act, or make her a mute.
From the “Fiege pizza” to the crashed Helicarrier [from Winter Soldier is my guess] to repeated Green Lantern nods and yes even a former Deadpool one, the movie, much like Deadpool himself, jumps right out and says “look at me, not giving a fuck!”
Ed Skrein even does a bangup job as Ajax, going from generic British Bad Guy (literally, in the opening credits) to credible sociopathic arch enemy.
Unlike say Guardians of the Galaxy(a movie I still insist wasn’t as good as its soundtrack, which is also the reason it was over-hyped to infinity and beyond), Deadpool didn’t blow its song load in the trailers, and from the opening credits on-ward, “Angel of the Morning” will be in your head as much as “Shoop” or “X Gon Give It to Ya,” not to mention a few others.
The pop culture references play for the 25-30 crowd WAY more than the 5-18 crowd… which reminds me, WHY THE FUCK ARE PARENTS TAKING THEIR FIVE YEAR OLDS TO SEE THIS MOVIE?
I grew up in a different time. It was the 80's, and it was paradise. I saw “R-rated” movies – hell I saw some of them in theaters, before the age of ten… but there is a huge difference between an R-rated movie The 40 Year Old Virgin and a HARD R movie (practically NC-17). This movie is either dead even with or right below Wolf of Wall St. If you are ok with your kid watching Wolf of Wall St, they can watch Deadpool. If, like a sensible parent, your first impulse upon reading that was “God no, what the fuck is wrong with you?” congratulations, you still have some self-respect, and control over your child. This is NOT a Marvel comic book Avengers movie… this isn’t even an X-Men movie (though those have gotten SO fucking deep and good that I can’t imagine they hold the attention of five year olds like Captain America would).
But hey, what do I know? I saw Robocop and Red Dawn when I saw six…and then 24 years later showed it to my little sister when she was six. It was 2009, and she was scared the Russians were gonna invade us for a good two weeks. Scary that could now be coming true again lol.
Deadpool is a super hero movie and it does have a love story, but if you let it entertain you and wash over you like a less grating (preferably NOT Daniel Way) Deadpool comic experience, while understanding the meta humor and fourth wall breaking, it won’t bother you that two thirds of the movie take place on the overpass from the opening credits doing How I Met Your Mother style flashback/forwards catching you up to that point.
Deadpool had the two funniest jokes I’ve heard in a movie in probably ten years.
“McAvoy or Stewart?”
I would easily give Deadpool an 8.9/10 or an A-.