Bill I’s Review – 4 out of 5
I went into this film with almost zero awareness of the character Deadpool, who is from an adult X-rated comic book. Interesting note: the first X-rated movie I ever attended (back when you actually went into a theatre to see an X-rated movie), was Fritz the Cat, based on the X-rated comic book. My mother brought me!!! So I am open to the genre, and wow, Deadpool blew me away with its comic book violence enhanced by slow-motion, freeze-action, special effects, combined with Ryan Reynolds’ sarcastic, funny, dialogue and audience asides. This is an origin story, where you see his character earning money as an intimidator for hire, who then meets his soul mate (played by Morena Baccarin, who plays the beautiful, somewhat boring wife on Homeland, and is perfect here), then gets some bad luck and turns into the mutant super hero (anti-hero?) that he ends up calling Deadpool. Fun surprises abound, including martial arts star/actor Gena Carano as a kick-ass villain (called Angel Dust I found out, which I don’t think was verbalized during the movie). It’s a combination of spoof of typical Marvel super hero films, but also a model for how to make the genre more exciting and more fun. I recommend this to the guys, but women may not love it. Kids, wait a few years, not for you just yet!
Bill C’s Review – 4 out of 5
While the movies I tended to go to with my mother were the likes of Mary Poppins and Elf I am in total agreement with Bill on Deadpool. It was a unique and funny super hero movie (although Deadpool would not call himself a super hero). As Bill said, the action was really good with it’s use of slow motion and use of shifting angles (like NFL coverage where they start a play from one perspective and shift to a different one mid replay). Unlike many movies you could tell what was happening.
I don’t have much to add to Bill’s review. If you want to see Gina Carano in full kick ass mode check out Haywire. Dead pool is definitely worth checking out (if you don’t mind violence, etc.).