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Review: Deadpool

Deadpool
02.06.2016
7 10

PLOT: A cancer-stricken mercenary named Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) signs his life over to a shadowy organization that promises to cure his illness and give him heightened abilities. While their experiments are successful, they also leave him horribly scarred, and he swears revenge on the sadistic doctor (Ed Skrein) who made him a monster while trying to reconnect with his former lover (Morena Baccarin).

REVIEW: No matter what your take on the long-awaited DEADPOOL movie is, one thing can’t be denied: Fox has more than made amends for the way they botched the character in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. Made by fans for fans, DEADPOOL is unapologetic fan-service that inevitably will thrill hardcore DEADPOOL devotees, with Ryan Reynolds ideally cast as the smart-ass “merc with a mouth.”  

Right from the opening , which does away with traditional credits to say “starring some guy, a hot chick, a British villain” and so on, it’s clear that DEADPOOL is going to be unlike any Marvel movie you’ve ever seen, with this being a kind of anarchic one-off. Boasting a hard-R rating which means plenty of F-bombs and more gore than usual (although it’s not quite as ultra-violent as fans might expect), DEADPOOL is like the HOT SHOTS: PART DEUX of superhero movies. It gleefully pokes fun at itself throughout, with Deadpool criticizing the lack of any big staples from the other franchises putting in appearances.

Clearly shot on a tight budget, the film is very small-scale for a comic book romp, with only two real action sequences, the best of which is featured under the opening credits and memorably scored to Juice Newton’s “Angel of the Morning.” While this means the wild carnage of the comics is (by necessity) somewhat lacking, it gives director Tim Miller and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese that chance to really showcase Reynolds’ off-the-wall take on the character, which is basically VAN WILDER as a superhero.

Reynolds certainly seems much more comfortable here than he did in his much-maligned GREEN LANTERN (which is frequently poked fun at along with the mouthless Weapon X version of Deadpool from WOLVERINE). Even before his transformation Reynolds’s Wade runs around constantly cracking-wise, with a sense of humor that seems cribbed from a fifth-grade joke book or a copy of Mad Magazine.

The constant one-liners are often clunky, to the point that non-fans will wonder how thirteen-year-olds ever got a movie produced, but it’s hard to argue that this kind of approach isn’t exactly what the fans expect. Where DEADPOOL goes a little wrong is the fact that everyone else plays it just as broadly. If Wade/Deadpool had been the only one acting crazy it might have given the movie some kind of crossover edge or pathos. Instead, everyone is clownish, especially lone X-Men Colossus and his trainee Negasonic Teenage Warhead. T.J Miller is supposed to be the comic relief, but – surprise – he comes off as the most normal person in the cast.  

 
It’s this ultra-comic vibe that will keep DEADPOOL from really connecting with a non-fan audience, as it just feels like a big goofy comedy rather than the start of a major new franchise. If the action had been taken up a notch it would have helped, but the cartoonish violence is in curiously short-supply. Ed Skrein’s villain is the weakest part of the film, with him feeling like such a disposable henchman that I kept waiting for the real baddie to introduce himself. Morena Baccarin fares better as Wade’s main squeeze, being the kind of fan-boy dream girl who quotes STAR WARS and appreciates Wham (or as Wade correctly calls them, “Wham!”). Her and Reynolds play well off each other, although the entire film is so silly it’s hard to get too invested.

By the same token, at least DEADPOOL is different than the often assembly line superhero movies we get on a normal basis – as if the budget was so low Fox just said, “do whatever you want.” Running a lean 107 minutes, DEADPOOL moves quickly and there’s no fat on it whatsoever.  The soundtrack is one of the strongest parts of the movie, with a synthy score by FURY ROAD’s Junkie XL and tons of great sappy pop songs by the likes of Chicago and Neil Sedaka.

It’s simple – if you like the Deadpool comics and appreciate the character see this. It’s made for you. By the same token, if you loathe the character stay away. If you’re more of a casual fan or not really a comic reader, you’d be well-advised to go in with an open mind. If you don’t mind a gloriously silly 100 minutes fanboy ride, you’ll have fun. But, if you expect a KINGSMAN style cross-over hit that’s not at all what this is. It’s been made for a specific cult audience but it can’t be denied – that audience will absolutely love it.

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1:36PM on 02/11/2016
Not a huge fan of Deadpool comics but thought this was a really good movie,lots of action and lots of laughs.
Not a huge fan of Deadpool comics but thought this was a really good movie,lots of action and lots of laughs.
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6:35PM on 02/08/2016

I'll check it out.

I've always expressed how much of a talentless hack Ryan Reynolds (I liked him in Buried but didn't like the movie overall...not his fault though as he was solid) is but the thought of him covering up his face for most of the movie is win in my book along with Deadpool seeming like the only hero he's cut out to play and play well. Also, I'm getting tired of the same old comic book hero movies that I think this will be a breath of fresh air and eagerly await checking this one out. Can't wait.
I've always expressed how much of a talentless hack Ryan Reynolds (I liked him in Buried but didn't like the movie overall...not his fault though as he was solid) is but the thought of him covering up his face for most of the movie is win in my book along with Deadpool seeming like the only hero he's cut out to play and play well. Also, I'm getting tired of the same old comic book hero movies that I think this will be a breath of fresh air and eagerly await checking this one out. Can't wait.
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10:44AM on 02/08/2016
PASS!
Thank you Chris for giving this film an actual critic review and not just saying, "It's a 9 or 10!"
PASS!
Thank you Chris for giving this film an actual critic review and not just saying, "It's a 9 or 10!"
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8:38AM on 02/08/2016
Kinda sounds like how the first X-Men was. Smaller scale and just leaving you wanting more. Which for a Deadpool movie, could work in its favor for sequels and appearances in other movies.
Kinda sounds like how the first X-Men was. Smaller scale and just leaving you wanting more. Which for a Deadpool movie, could work in its favor for sequels and appearances in other movies.
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12:23AM on 02/08/2016

Still highest rated comic book movie ever on RT

I know it's a long way from being done, but after 29 reviews it's still at 97% (with an average score of 7.7). Even if it gets a bunch of haters, it will probably end up in the high 70s / low 80s.
I know it's a long way from being done, but after 29 reviews it's still at 97% (with an average score of 7.7). Even if it gets a bunch of haters, it will probably end up in the high 70s / low 80s.
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7:23PM on 02/07/2016
Van Wilder was the first ever Reynolds movie I saw and why I've always been fan of his. Admittedly, his career has never gone in the direction that I'd have hoped it would go in (Green Lantern being one of the worst, modern, superhero movies I've seen, for example) but as another poster on here said, it's all subjective. To each their own.

In the end, the reviewer gave this movie a 70% score...and whilst it kind of sounded like he gave it less, it sounds like it depends on where you're
Van Wilder was the first ever Reynolds movie I saw and why I've always been fan of his. Admittedly, his career has never gone in the direction that I'd have hoped it would go in (Green Lantern being one of the worst, modern, superhero movies I've seen, for example) but as another poster on here said, it's all subjective. To each their own.

In the end, the reviewer gave this movie a 70% score...and whilst it kind of sounded like he gave it less, it sounds like it depends on where you're coming from - if you're a RR fan, a Van Wilder fan, a Deadpool fan, you'll no doubt enjoy this. I'm at least two of those...so fingers crossed I'll come out happy after I've seen this. That said, I've said it before, I won't be surprised if this movie doesn't bring home the kind of money that will warrant a sequel.
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6:22AM on 02/08/2016
Have you ever watched Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place? Ryan Reynolds was awesome in that series. He's really good at comedy. You should give it a try. It's very funny.
Have you ever watched Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place? Ryan Reynolds was awesome in that series. He's really good at comedy. You should give it a try. It's very funny.
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3:51PM on 02/07/2016
A 7 is the lowest score that I've seen for this movie so far. It's been getting 9s everywhere else.
A 7 is the lowest score that I've seen for this movie so far. It's been getting 9s everywhere else.
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3:20AM on 02/08/2016
don't forget, most people seem to blow their load the moment theyve seen a movie theyve hyped up beyond belief. It seems like Chris here has taken a step outside of the hype box and reviewing it on equal footing to every other movie out there.
don't forget, most people seem to blow their load the moment theyve seen a movie theyve hyped up beyond belief. It seems like Chris here has taken a step outside of the hype box and reviewing it on equal footing to every other movie out there.
3:15PM on 02/07/2016
Sounds like I'll have to temper my expectations a bit on this one. A bit disappointed to hear about the lack of action scenes and small budget. On the other hand comparisons to Hot Shots: Part Duex, one of the most awesome movies ever made, so I might just end up loving it.

Even If you can't expect Kingsman level action I still feel there's an obligation to see this one due to the passion and love clearly present. That and the scarcity of R-Rated superhero fare. If the filmmakers and
Sounds like I'll have to temper my expectations a bit on this one. A bit disappointed to hear about the lack of action scenes and small budget. On the other hand comparisons to Hot Shots: Part Duex, one of the most awesome movies ever made, so I might just end up loving it.

Even If you can't expect Kingsman level action I still feel there's an obligation to see this one due to the passion and love clearly present. That and the scarcity of R-Rated superhero fare. If the filmmakers and studio are willing to take a chance on this one they deserve to have that faith rewarded.
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9:59AM on 02/07/2016
The description of this film in this review sounds perfect by Deadpool standards. Glad to read that Fox made up for the abomination that was whatever we got in Origins: Wolverine by giving the character and Reynolds another shot and by staying true and faithful to Deadpool's explicit humor and violence.
The description of this film in this review sounds perfect by Deadpool standards. Glad to read that Fox made up for the abomination that was whatever we got in Origins: Wolverine by giving the character and Reynolds another shot and by staying true and faithful to Deadpool's explicit humor and violence.
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9:36AM on 02/07/2016

7/10 is fair

You can tell they either held back or cut like 10 minutes of pure filth. The joke were 90% hit but it still felt edited and dumbed down to 5th grade humor. It felt like they were testing the waters and the sequel will really see Deadpool shine. They went with the easiest jokes, lots of bathroom humor.
You can tell they either held back or cut like 10 minutes of pure filth. The joke were 90% hit but it still felt edited and dumbed down to 5th grade humor. It felt like they were testing the waters and the sequel will really see Deadpool shine. They went with the easiest jokes, lots of bathroom humor.
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3:20PM on 02/07/2016
If your interested in what was cut.

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If your interested in what was cut.

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8:46AM on 02/07/2016
7/10 is a bummer after hearing great early reviews for this movie.All i am expecting is a Guardians of the Galaxy and Kingsman kind of fun ride
7/10 is a bummer after hearing great early reviews for this movie.All i am expecting is a Guardians of the Galaxy and Kingsman kind of fun ride
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7:50AM on 02/07/2016
Don't think this movie is for me - tried reading some Deadpool comics but didn't really get the humour, think it's a bit too puerile for my tastes, and this review confirms it. Will prob check it out when it's on stream though just out if curiosity. However really pleased to see the studio backing the character and apparently doing it justice, and Reynolds looks to be a massive part of that and has really got into it, so kudos! Now, if only Fox could stop screwing up X-men characters - I'm
Don't think this movie is for me - tried reading some Deadpool comics but didn't really get the humour, think it's a bit too puerile for my tastes, and this review confirms it. Will prob check it out when it's on stream though just out if curiosity. However really pleased to see the studio backing the character and apparently doing it justice, and Reynolds looks to be a massive part of that and has really got into it, so kudos! Now, if only Fox could stop screwing up X-men characters - I'm dreading age of apocalypse as everything I've seen so far looks baaaad.
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5:25PM on 02/07/2016
Why wouid ppl downvote this?
Why wouid ppl downvote this?
3:04AM on 02/07/2016
7/10 for Deadpool movie is fine by me.
7/10 for Deadpool movie is fine by me.
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3:11AM on 02/07/2016
Good point.
Good point.
7:02AM on 02/07/2016
Thanks, man. My point is Deadpool movie supposes to be entertaining. It's not a rocket science nor Oscar movie. It's made for Deadpool fans. So 7/10 is fine by me.
Thanks, man. My point is Deadpool movie supposes to be entertaining. It's not a rocket science nor Oscar movie. It's made for Deadpool fans. So 7/10 is fine by me.
12:26AM on 02/08/2016
Right now it's at 97% on RT with a 7.7 average score, so I'd say it's well above what we could have hoped for.
Right now it's at 97% on RT with a 7.7 average score, so I'd say it's well above what we could have hoped for.
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2:52AM on 02/07/2016
Read a couple reviews from people I tend to agree with, this is the most negative one I've read (and a 7/10 ain't that negative). Still checking this one out opening weekend, but glad to see some real criticism! Happy to hear, at the very least, that it's something different and fresh! Going into this one hoping for more of a comedy with some action, rather than action movie with some comedy.
Read a couple reviews from people I tend to agree with, this is the most negative one I've read (and a 7/10 ain't that negative). Still checking this one out opening weekend, but glad to see some real criticism! Happy to hear, at the very least, that it's something different and fresh! Going into this one hoping for more of a comedy with some action, rather than action movie with some comedy.
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2:15AM on 02/07/2016

A bit disappointing

Sounds like 5-6/10 to me. I'll probably won't be rushing to see this.
Sounds like 5-6/10 to me. I'll probably won't be rushing to see this.
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1:11AM on 02/07/2016
Van Wilder as a superhero sounds terrible to me. I love a good antihero that can lay the sarcasm down and make great one liners such as Han Solo, Captain Mal, and Jack Burton. When they just constantly try to make one liner after one liner and are overly sarcastic it just gets annoying. This movie just doesn't seem like my cup of joe after reading this review even though I really wanted to like it.
Van Wilder as a superhero sounds terrible to me. I love a good antihero that can lay the sarcasm down and make great one liners such as Han Solo, Captain Mal, and Jack Burton. When they just constantly try to make one liner after one liner and are overly sarcastic it just gets annoying. This movie just doesn't seem like my cup of joe after reading this review even though I really wanted to like it.
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1:42AM on 02/07/2016
Not sure how you can say the review made this sound bad if you like Jack Burton. Those lines were some of the cheesiest in Hollywood history.
Not sure how you can say the review made this sound bad if you like Jack Burton. Those lines were some of the cheesiest in Hollywood history.
2:01AM on 02/07/2016
It made it sound bad because it said it is essentially Van Wilder as a superhero and I find Van Wilder to be annoying and I like Jack Burton so I used him as an example. Hope this clears your confusion.
It made it sound bad because it said it is essentially Van Wilder as a superhero and I find Van Wilder to be annoying and I like Jack Burton so I used him as an example. Hope this clears your confusion.
2:44AM on 02/07/2016
Nope, didn't clear up anything. Van Wilder used obvious jokes and cringeworthy puns for humor, and Jack Burton did the same thing but even worse. So if you like Burton, my question was why did this sound bad. You just repeated yourself. I'm guessing that's because you don't have an actual answer.
Nope, didn't clear up anything. Van Wilder used obvious jokes and cringeworthy puns for humor, and Jack Burton did the same thing but even worse. So if you like Burton, my question was why did this sound bad. You just repeated yourself. I'm guessing that's because you don't have an actual answer.
5:15AM on 02/07/2016
@Des1: Sorry but you compare apples to oranges. Jack Burton and Van Wilder are totally different in character and their puns and oneliners are totally different as well. Van Wilder is a premature prankster in a Comedy and Jack Burton is a lovelable and sarcastic dork in a way over his head Adventure trying to hide his insecurities behind his puns. Jack Burton is IMO far more likeable and his line far more quotable but to each his own.
@Des1: Sorry but you compare apples to oranges. Jack Burton and Van Wilder are totally different in character and their puns and oneliners are totally different as well. Van Wilder is a premature prankster in a Comedy and Jack Burton is a lovelable and sarcastic dork in a way over his head Adventure trying to hide his insecurities behind his puns. Jack Burton is IMO far more likeable and his line far more quotable but to each his own.
11:22AM on 02/07/2016
It's not too hard to decipher Des1. If I like Jack Burton why does this this movie sound bad? I answered that. I don't like Van Wilder, which this review states is Van Wilder as a superhero. I like Jack Burton, whom I used as a mere example. It's a matter of subjectivity. Personal preference. Maybe you like Van Wilder and you don't like Jack Burton. That is Your personal preference. I really don't understand why you are stressing on this and why I need to explain my thoughts on Jack Burton as
It's not too hard to decipher Des1. If I like Jack Burton why does this this movie sound bad? I answered that. I don't like Van Wilder, which this review states is Van Wilder as a superhero. I like Jack Burton, whom I used as a mere example. It's a matter of subjectivity. Personal preference. Maybe you like Van Wilder and you don't like Jack Burton. That is Your personal preference. I really don't understand why you are stressing on this and why I need to explain my thoughts on Jack Burton as it pertains to Deadpool.
12:23PM on 02/07/2016
@Brer B8a. Have you read other reviews for this movie? This is just one reviewers opinion.
@Brer B8a. Have you read other reviews for this movie? This is just one reviewers opinion.
12:45PM on 02/07/2016
Nope. But to be fair I don't read many reviews for any movies outside of this site. JoBlo's reviews have for the most part been more aligned with my opinions on movies so if I'm basing what movies I see on a review, JoBlo's seem to be most attuned to what like. I would say a 7/10 is a good score though. I have never really been a fan of Ryan Reynolds, although there's a few movies of his I do enjoy. It's his Van Wilder persona that I just don't like that the reviewer says is very present in
Nope. But to be fair I don't read many reviews for any movies outside of this site. JoBlo's reviews have for the most part been more aligned with my opinions on movies so if I'm basing what movies I see on a review, JoBlo's seem to be most attuned to what like. I would say a 7/10 is a good score though. I have never really been a fan of Ryan Reynolds, although there's a few movies of his I do enjoy. It's his Van Wilder persona that I just don't like that the reviewer says is very present in this film. This seems like a great movie for Deadpool fans and fans of Reynolds. I am neither, but I'm definitely not knocking anyone that is. It's like I said in my original post, just not my cup of joe.
12:54PM on 02/07/2016
That's fair. I enjoyed Van Wilder. I tend to read multiple reviews, but I do find that I agree with Chris Bumbray a lot.
That's fair. I enjoyed Van Wilder. I tend to read multiple reviews, but I do find that I agree with Chris Bumbray a lot.
10:54AM on 02/08/2016
Des1 The_Holiest - Van Wilder sucked! It was not a funny movie. Ryan Reynolds is an okay actor but even his film record shows a lot of bombs. Van Wilder was a wanna-be rip off of Animal House which was apparently funny to college dudes in frats and girls who loved MySpace.
Des1 The_Holiest - Van Wilder sucked! It was not a funny movie. Ryan Reynolds is an okay actor but even his film record shows a lot of bombs. Van Wilder was a wanna-be rip off of Animal House which was apparently funny to college dudes in frats and girls who loved MySpace.
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12:38AM on 02/07/2016

It's still really early, but......

It's 6 for 6 on RT with an average score of 8.4, so this is actually lower than the average. I'm disappointed that there isn't more action. If we can get multiple big fights in an Arrow episode, we should be able to get at least 4 or 5 in a movie about a guy who likes to kill people in hand-to-hand combat.

I figured the jokes would be fairly immature, but that is what the character is based on, so it was probably intentional. If it does well, hopefully they'll up the budget for a sequel
It's 6 for 6 on RT with an average score of 8.4, so this is actually lower than the average. I'm disappointed that there isn't more action. If we can get multiple big fights in an Arrow episode, we should be able to get at least 4 or 5 in a movie about a guy who likes to kill people in hand-to-hand combat.

I figured the jokes would be fairly immature, but that is what the character is based on, so it was probably intentional. If it does well, hopefully they'll up the budget for a sequel so the character can get a little more of the superhero treatment (not as much as Spiderman, but more than Daredevil).
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12:07AM on 02/07/2016

Hmm...

Seems like Chris wanted to like it more than he did and rated it a bit higher than it perhaps deserves?
I dont know, review came across pretty negative and then, boom, 7, which is pretty good.
Still, cant wait to see this!
Seems like Chris wanted to like it more than he did and rated it a bit higher than it perhaps deserves?
I dont know, review came across pretty negative and then, boom, 7, which is pretty good.
Still, cant wait to see this!
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