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Deadpool

Deadpool ticketstubI am not familiar with the Deadpool comics. My only real exposure and understanding of the Deadpool character comes from the character's previous parts (in Wolverine Origins) and pop culture references. I know that Deadpool is a wisecracking mercenary who frequently breaks the fourth wall. So, I won't be discussing how this portrayal effectively represents the Deadpool character or things that happen in the books.

This movie was fun. The action was intense (while not being tense) and over-the-top. The witty wisecracking comments are rapid fire and nearly constant. I don't think it's possible to take everything in during a single viewing. I thoroughly enjoyed how the movie constantly crossed boundaries in a not-so-subtle attempt to make you wince while challenging your ideas of what is PC. The movie is also deeply self-referential, both to Deadpool's previous appearances and to other X-Men properties and Hollywood in general.

I thought the acting was good from the main characters, and the writing was entertaining. The plot was thin, but sufficient to move the story along. My only real criticism isn't a failing of the movie, so much as the marketing. Obviously the marketing and publicity has focused on getting across how funny and irreverent the movie is, but it's unfortunate they had to use so many great lines from the movie in the various trailers. I did note that some of the lines used in the movie were not the same as in the trailers, which is good, but it's still a bit of a let down to not be surprised when a particularly great line is presented and I've already heard it.

If you think you can handle the humor and know enough about pop culture to get the references being made, and you don't have a problem with graphic comic book violence, I say go for it and be prepared for a great time.

4/5