BY THE COMMANDER
3 (out of 4 stars)
When I first heard they were coming out with a movie called Deadpool, without knowing anything about it, I immediately assumed it was a remake of the 1988 classic Dirty Harry film, The Dead Pool, with Clint Eastwood (one of my favorite series), so I was all excited to see this movie. Then I heard that Ryan Reynolds (R.I.P.D., Self/less) was going to star in it. I was thinking: ‘Oh no, please don't replace the great Clint Eastwood with this comic / wannabe action hero actor.’ After all, let's face it, lots of his movies have been box office bombs, including Green Lantern (which he personally assisted in screwing up and delaying the film by demanding that the suit be animated).
Much later, the promotional materials came out, and we now understood that this was a Marvel comic book superhero, and not a remake of the great Dirty Harry series, so my fears and trepidations fell by the wayside. I was now able to watch this movie with a totally open mind, not knowing what to expect. Then the promotion trailers came out. Things were looking better, but I still had my doubts. Thank goodness there is something about being a professional film critic, where you can leave your emotions at the door and screen a movie with a totally open mind. All I can say is that it was an absolute pleasure watching this movie. Unfortunately, I can't tell you a lot about it because it will absolutely spoil the fun waiting for you inside.
It has been a long time since I have seen a movie as farcical as this one. It reminded me so much of the ‘other’ side of Hollywood and the film business, as was portrayed in the classic Mel Brooks' 1974 Blazing Saddles. Nothing, and I repeat: nothing is off-limits from the writer's poison pen and the sharpness of their wits in making fun of Hollywood. Right from the beginning the laughter starts. Even the beginning credits are funny. Reynolds repeats his performance in the film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as the wisecracking Wade Wilson, a character who never shuts up while continuously spouts bad, raunchy humor.
This movie rips off from more films that I haven’t seen in a long time. They even ripped off Wayne’s World 2 and Kevin Smith's 2001 comedy, Jay and Silent Bob Fight Back, where the characters talk directly to the audience. There are so many innuendos from other films, TV shows, gossip columns, magazines and sports events, that I lost track laughing all the way. Some are more subtle than others, but they're all there. They even insult everyone at every level of the Hollywood Studio system. This movie is nasty, naughty, raunchy, and dirty with loads of adult language (as Mr. Spock would say: “colorful metaphors”) and so totally over-the-top, they even rip off from the classic 1986 film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
If you've never seen a movie, you may not get the jokes. If you’ve seen lots of movies, you'll find this movie humorous, and if you’ve followed all the ‘behind the scenes’ from the Hollywood gossip columns, you will thoroughly enjoy this film. As with almost all of the Marvel films, make sure you watch it till the last frame (after all of the credits). You don’t want to miss it.
I loved it and I can't wait to see it again.