This film brought something fresh to the superhero genre. While there were already superpowered “antiheroes” galore in the Marvel canon, this one has a kind of A.D.D., thought-broadcasting style where he’s practically running a stand-up act during the fights. He’s witty, self-deprecating, ruthless, down-to-earth, and fearless at the same time; he has a heart, but if you have any connection to hurting the people he loves, you’re toast.
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The film is entertaining and manages to parallel the personality of its main character: it’s quirky, unpredictable, and doesn’t take itself too seriously; but it manages to be true to itself and lovable–to a special audience.[/pullquote]
The title comes from a very tough bar where mercenaries hang out. The deadpool is like a toteboard where you can check the odds and bet on the next one of your drinking buddies to get killed [in my most alcoholic days a couple decades ago, my local bar actually had their own “deadpool” around which of the most decadent of us would drink themselves to death first]. Our protagonist meets his perfect female counterpart, but then meets a terrible predicament that forces a choice him to accept the radical treatment that leaves him quite formidable. It also leaves him disfigured and so he wears the mask and costume. He also takes on the name of the pool that listed his own odds—which he defied.
The film is entertaining and manages to parallel the personality of its main character: it’s quirky, unpredictable, and doesn’t take itself too seriously; but it manages to be true to itself and lovable–to a special audience.
Ryan Reynolds is back, his love interest was very compelling, the archenemy was sinister and the action filled the bill. As long as they didn’t put too many crumbs in the popcorn, a good outing at the theater.