July 2, 2016

Deadpool (2016)

Ryan Reynolds

Every decade or so, a movie comes out and shocks its genre by taking it to the next level. In my adolescence, it was American Pie. Compared to beloved childhood classics like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink, the unapologetic focus on sex was shocking. Then came Superbad--one of the only movies I have ever cried at from laughing so hard. (The other, however, was Magic Mike. So there's that.) It seemed to take that high school rom-com/slacker buddy comedy to a whole new place with the ridiculously stupid humor that was somehow both hilarious and unexpected.

This is like that.

With the superhero movie market reaching a level of saturation previously believed to be impossible, Deadpool is that new, shocking catalyst of change. It mixes off-beat humor and a heavy dose of sarcasm to shake the genre out of its often-boring PG-13 standard. Instead of the usual action sequences, it utilizes some pretty rad visual effects to freeze frame large swaths of motion, which also has the effect of varying the pace of the story. It's a mix of sweet, edgy, hilarious, and shocking, which, coincidentally, is probably also how most people who liked this movie would describe themselves.

In hindsight, the character of Deadpool is a lot like Van Wilder. And whoever he played in The Proposal. And The Change-Up. So Ryan Reynolds isn't the most versatile actor. Oh well. Neither is Kristen Stewart, but she keeps getting cast in stuff and she doesn't have even a fraction of the personality he does. So as long as he keeps playing someone I'd actually want to hang out with in real life, I'll keep watching his movies. Plus, he's from Canada, so it's impossible to actively dislike him. =D

I wish I hadn't known quite so much about the movie before I watched it, since knowing it skewed heavily toward adult sensibilities sort of robbed it of some of its charm. Also, knowing that the upcoming Suicide Squad movie actually went back and re-shot entire scenes to try and mimic Deadpool to cash in on its appeal just makes me groan. Deadpool was a fantastically entertaining movie, but I'm not looking forward to now seeing dozens of movies where people try to make jokes like Ryan Reynolds. Not everyone can pull it off.

Final word: This movie marks a turning point in the superhero genre. It's probably all downhill from here.


  1. I couldn't agree more! This movie was very good, but I think it'll be the top of a rapidly declining moment...who is actually going to see Suicide Squad...that sh!+ looks damn dumb.

    1. Right?!? I mean, could they try any harder to be edgy? Ugh.