“Deadpool” is another character from the Marvel universe, but don’t take the kids to see this one. It’s about as anti-kid and family unfriendly as Marvel could ever hope to get.
Here is a movie that is 108 minutes long, and I would venture to say that 80 to 85 of those minutes are nothing short of absolutely hilarious.
Ryan Reynolds stars as Wade Wilson, a former Special Forces mercenary who finds out he has terminal cancer. He meets up with a secret organization that tells him it can cure his cancer and give him superpowers far beyond that of any mortal being. Wilson undergoes the program, but it nearly kills him, giving him his immortality and leaving him looking like a Freddy Kruger wannabe.
After he discovers his newfound abilities, Wilson eventually dons a red suit and goes out to fight crime under his new superhero name, Deadpool. From then on, Reynolds becomes a walking one-liner with enough banter to rival the likes of both Robin Williams’ Genie in “Aladdin” and Jim Carrey in “The Mask.”
The movie’s biggest strength is Reynolds and all of his one-liners, which would take another review to get them all in. There is one scene that effectively displays Reynolds’ commitment to the character, involving him surrounded by criminals with automatic weapons, and he has only two guns that can shoot six bullets apiece. His response: “I only have 12 bullets, so you’re gonna have to share!”
“Deadpool” is a pretty straightforward story. It’s much more of a jumble of stuff than an actual plot. But, thanks to Reynolds’ terrific performance and some electrifying action sequences, “Deadpool” is definitely a winner.
As I said before, the movie is not family friendly, so I would assume there’s going to be a lot of battles in households as to whether parents take their children to see it. It is outrageously violent and gleefully profane, but that’s one of the reasons why I embraced it so much. It refuses to go soft or sell out for a second.
Later this year, other superhero outings such as “Batman v. Superman” and “Captain America: Civil War” will be released. They have an extremely tough act to follow. Here’s hoping this is just the start of Marvel going in a different direction with some of their characters.
(Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity.)
Hall is a syndicated columnist in South Georgia.