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Deadpool
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06.28.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Tim Miller

Actors:
Ryan Reynolds
Morena Baccarin
TJ Miller

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
To save himself from cancer and spend more time with the woman he loves, assassin Wade Wilson undergoes an experimental procedure that turns him in to a wise-cracking, body-scarred, fourth wall-breaking, superhero.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

As far as superhero films have come (with this year's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR being a definite high point), there's definitely still a feeling of sameness starting to set in. That's why DEADPOOL came at the perfect time for the genre.

It's been a long time coming since Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick's script began creating getting buzz. The writers are credited as "The Real Heroes Here" in the amusing opening credits and it's actually true. The screenplay absolutely nails the tone of this, which is admittedly not easy. It's hilarious throughout but with an undercurrent of real drama and even romance driving everything. It also manages to handle the self-referential nature of the character without winking at the audience too much or being annoying with preachy meta-commentary about the genre. Every part of DEADPOOL is in service of doing this character justice and that's key to its success.

Also instrumental was director Tim Miller, who amazingly makes a film with unflinching confidence his first time out. The fact that DEADPOOL was made with a relatively small budget is even more impressive. If you've lost count of the times heroic saviors have stopped rogue villains from destroying the entire planet, you'll appreciate the small, personal scale of this movie that still manages to be entertaining and exciting without eliciting global catastrophe. Credit to Miller for getting the most out of every shot and never losing the character. Most directors who come from special effects backgrounds don't have the overall chops to tell a great story outside of the visuals, but Miller strikes the balance here really well.

But I'd be remiss if I didn't admit that DEADPOOL's crazy success lie on the shoulders of Ryan Reynolds, who not only championed the role for more than a decade, but was born to put on that mask. The actor has been playing variations of this smarmy, smartass character for years, but here he gets to embrace it fully and he knocks it out of the park. His constant riffing and never-serious attitude makes the character endearing as opposed to annoying and his killer chemistry with Monica Baccarin provides a much needed heart to the story. There's great supporting work from TJ Miller's Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand's Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Stefan Kapičić's Colossus (probably the most faithfully adapted X-Men character in any of the Marvel movies), but this is Reynolds' movie through and through.

The only disappointing part of DEADPOOL are the villains played by Ed Skrein and Gina Carano, who make for fine bad guys but are just too generic to stand up to the Merc With The Mouth. Had they come up with a more memorable antagonist to go toe to toe with Reynolds, it would've added a much appreciated layer to an already pretty great movie.

THE EXTRAS
With a feature-length Making Of documentary and some entertaining commentaries, fans should be pleased with the bonus material here.

Commentary by Ryan Reynolds and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick: Recorded in Reynolds' actual basement, this track is pretty entertaining as you can imagine. Reese and Wernick keep Reynolds in check, but the actor/producer shares plenty of amusing tidbits. This track covers more of the making of the films and the long road to production.

Commentary by director Tim Miller and Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld: If you want more on the technical creation of DEADPOOL, give this one a listen. Miller has plenty to say about the budget and the execution, while Liefeld just seems giddy that his creation was adapted so successfully (and gushes about the film constantly). Both of these commentaries are listenable in their own right, but I would almost have loved to have everyone together, or at least a Miller-Reynolds commentary. Those guys had a great rapport at Comic Con last year.

From Comics to Screen. . .to Screen (1:20:00) These five featurettes make up a pretty stellar feature-length Making Of chronicle of the movie. Pretty much all cast and crew are involved (as well as extras like Liefeld and Stan Lee) and it covers pretty much everything you want—production (with tones of BTS-footage), special effects, Junkie XL's score—all with the sarcastic, humorous tone of the actual movie. Fans of the character will definitely be pleased with this.

Deleted/Extended Scenes (19:14): Ten scenes with optional director commentary, all of which were rightfully cut. Some, like Wade in Mexico killing scamming cancer doctors, feels too serious for the tone. Some are just unnecessarily longer versions of other scenes (including Deadpool and the a pre-FX, motion capture suit Colossus on the freeway)There's also an alternate version of the after credits FERRIS BUELLER sequence.

Gag Reel (6:12): Exactly what you expect, more ad libs from Reynolds and Miller, goofs and flubs—all pretty funny. They definitely used the best takes in the final film though

Deadpool's Fun Sack (23:54): A collection of the film's amazing marketing campaign, including trailers, TV spots, and the April Fool's Mario Lopez interview that premiered on JoBlo.com!

Also included is a DVD, Digital Copy and a comprehensive Gallery full of concept art, costume designs, and storyboards.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

Maximum effort really was exerted here by the writers, director Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds to ensure you the Deadpool movie you've been waiting for. For those of you complaining about superhero fatigue, DEADPOOL is here to give you a reprieve.

Extra Tidbit: Robert Rodriguez was offered the chance to direct this in 2010, but turned it down to make SPY KIDS 4. Thank God for that.

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7:05PM on 06/28/2016

It's Morena...

I'm not trying to be an asshole. I wouldn't point it out if I didn't care about the actress or her work, but her talents are woefully underutilized, so I just wanted to throw some respect at her for being such an entertaining presence when she is on screen. You wrote Monica Baccarin. It's Morena Baccarin.
I'm not trying to be an asshole. I wouldn't point it out if I didn't care about the actress or her work, but her talents are woefully underutilized, so I just wanted to throw some respect at her for being such an entertaining presence when she is on screen. You wrote Monica Baccarin. It's Morena Baccarin.
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8:03AM on 06/28/2016

Too bad

We don't have the 'leaked' footage and the fake Q&A with Deadpool and TJ Miller... Aside from that, great BR and bonuses !
We don't have the 'leaked' footage and the fake Q&A with Deadpool and TJ Miller... Aside from that, great BR and bonuses !
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