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2016/02/17

Movie Review: Deadpool

I will do my best to reveal no spoilers, but just be warned, some spoilers may need to be made before this article is through.  I haven't written a movie review in a while, but perhaps this will get me on the road to writing them more often.

Deadpool is a movie you've seen before. It's Boy Meets Girl, Boy/Girl gets in trouble and it's up to the Boy to save Girl somehow. With killing.

You've seen the characters before, anti-hero protagonist who doesn't want to fill the shoes of hero. Tough as nails female interest with a heart of gold. Wise cracking bartender. Indian cab driver. Shit-talking gramma. Pillar of goodness hero. Angsty teenager who eventually cracks a smile. Main antagonist with a similar skill set to the protagonist. Henchperson to the antagonist who seems like the immovable object and the unstoppable force all in one. Vaguely pedophilic scion for the antagonist.

You've seen raunchy humor. You've seen ultra violence (though I wouldn't personally call it gratuitous). You've seen hypersexuality that borders on soft core porn.

There are no three dimensional characters. The only two dimensional characters are Wade/Deadpool and Vanessa. The support characters are obviously one dimensional.

All that said, you've probably never seen passion for a film like this outside of a low budget indie flick. You can see it on the faces of everyone in the film. They need this film to be a success. This wasn't just fan service, this was actor service as well.

You've probably never seen a movie that works so well for what it is. Certainly the characters are one and two dimensional, but you care about them. You want Vanessa to be alright after Wade's departure post-cancer diagnosis. You want Wade to somehow find a way to fix his face. You want Wade to kill Francis.  Like, REALLY want.

Everything in this movie comes off without a hitch. The timing is impeccable. Every bullet is fired for a reason. Every scene is a puzzle piece to the wider scale of the movie and absolutely necessary. The movie wasn't 100% uproariously funny, nor did it need to be. The not funny parts were equally important to the story line. There was absolutely no filler here. This movie was executed perfectly.

You've seen the story of Deadpool before. But you've never seen this story done quite like this.


Score: A-


Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst and a serial writer by night. He runs a small, not money losing publishing press and a weekly open mic with monthly features called Writing Knights Press.

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