I have been highly anticipating the Deadpool movie since long, long before they even made the Deadpool movie! I am a comic book nerd from way back and Deadpool has been one of the most fun and inappropriately delightful characters I have ever read. I’ve long thought that he would make for a great film, but definitely not a family friendly one, for a long time now. And after a disastrous first outing in the Wolverine movie, Deadpool finally gets the movie that is everything Deadpool fans have been hoping for for a long time.
I had the opportunity to see the Deadpool film this week and even on a weekday afternoon, the theater was pretty well packed. I’ve seen that industry insiders were surprised that Deadpool not only handily took the top box office spot in it’s opening weekend, but were very surprised by how great of a margin it accomplished this. The movie took in far more than they were ever thinking it could. I guess that just goes to show that a super-hero movie with a hard R rating can be successful, even though it has long been the mantra of the movie studios that super-hero movies have to be PG-13 to get the kids and families in there.
Well, Deadpool is most certainly not for kids and families. Not in the slightest. And parents should be very aware of that hard R rating and if they are squeamish about letting their kids see graphic violence, strong sexual content and nudity, and graphic language, then keep the kids away from this one. But for an adult audience, with a fairly juvenile mindset (like myself) Deadpool is as good as it gets. And Ryan Reynolds captures the essence of the character perfectly, as many of us always knew he could.
No spoilers, but the hyper-violent exploits of the merc with a mouth not only pleases on the surface, but also works as a meta film that pokes fun at itself and indeed the entire super-hero genre, which many people feel has over-saturated the movie marketplace. This film never takes itself too seriously and while it serves as a functionable origin story for a clearly developing franchise character, it never misses an opportunity to throw shade at itself for doing exactly that. And somehow, the fact that it’s self-aware of it’s semi-generic nature manages to magnify it’s awesomeness.
So I would highly recommend this film, so long as patrons keep in mind that it is most certainly NOT appropriate for kids and this is not your family’s super-hero movie.