Deadpool

Deadpool is his film's own junky, retrograde RiffTrack, cracking endlessly about balls and gayness, about burn victims and 90s bands and the conventions of superhero movies. Marvel comics' "merc with a mouth" is a sort of shock-jock Spider-Man, with the Punisher's arsenal, Wolverine's healing powers, and the dialogue of one of those open-mic comedy dudes who believes its some kind of courageous truth-telling to point out that men like blowjobs. Onscreen, he can't go a minute without a one-liner about jerking off, or calling bad guys "cock thistle" or "wheezing bag of dick tips." In a tense moment in his pre-costume life, talking with his love (Morena Baccarin) over how he'll dealt with the cancer that's killing him, he spouts with some wistfulness, "If I had nickel for every time I spanked it to Bernadette Peters."

Between the patter, Deadpool's about splatter, some of it memorable: Deadpool pinballs the severed head of Mook A to take out Mook B, and he cheerily loses the use of every limb, Monty Python and the Holy Grail-style, fighting the immovable Colossus (Stefan Kapičić), on loan from the X-Men movies. It's all too much, by design, and it's also by design that carping about it make you feel like a killjoy. Go ahead and go nuts if your life has a void in it that can only be filled by a superhero who gets an eyeful of Gina Carano and immediately declares that she must have a "wang" -- and later compares her to Rosie O'Donnell. You just can't pretend it's radical, on-the-edge comedy when the hero picks the same joke targets as Donald Trump.

Credits

Director:

  • Tim Miller

Cast:

  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Morena Baccarin
  • Ed Skrein
  • T.J. Miller
  • Gina Carano
  • Brianna Hildebrand

Writers:

  • Paul Wernick
  • Rhett Reese

Producers:

  • Simon Kinberg
  • Lauren Shuler Donner
  • Ryan Reynolds

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