Deadpool (2016)

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The movie was great… but let me back up: It had been a stressful day and I thought, “I deserve to go see a movie! Deadpool! Yes, I have been waiting to see this one.” But to be totally honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of how slapsticky it looked. (I get it. It’s satire. It’s self-aware.) Well, it is and does a brilliant job of it! I was hopeful for all the reasons why I’m worried the Deadpool copycat movies will be not so clever. This is a Marvel movie rated R! I have been waiting for this ever since my disappointment with the first X-men movie. Wolverine kills people! Where was that shit?!

I mean, comic book movies have forever fallen flat in the cinema. The raw, powerful, sexy violence from the comic books never translated to the screen. A couple of the movies got some of the comedic moments right. For example, I loved when Spider-Man took the elevator, back when that type of subtle humor was fairly fresh. So I was excited to see that Marvel was finally getting some balls, but I was disappointed because I never followed Deadpool. (I would love to see a real Wolverine movie that takes place entirely in the snowy forests of Russia, where he’s hunting and/or evading Omega Red for a solid two hours of deadly cat and mouse. But back to Deadpool!)

Anyway, I was starving so I decided grab some “Shop House,” which, in case you are unaware, is a delicious Thai food /Chipotle style restaurant. I got a rice and chicken bowl with sliced broccoli and butternut squash — with a spicy red curry — and and some shredded papaya coleslaw, along with some toasted garlic. (I know right?! I was all stomach rumbles on my way over to the theater.) The theater is usually pretty lax on entrance security, so I confidently walked in with my crumpled paper bag as if it was just leftovers that I wasn’t really thinking about. (In hindsight, I should have used a J-crew bag.) But the dude said, “no food,” and I was all like, “Really man?” And he was all, “Yeah, I’m sorry bro.” So I walked outside and took a couple bites. (It was freezing.) I tried to stuff the rest in my jacket, but it was too obvious. So I decided to to put it up against my lower back with a solid shirt-tuck and a snug jacket zip. The guy inspected me for extra fatness on my way back in and decided that I was good to go. (I even waited in line with my back to to by snacks just to play it “extra cool!”) After finishing up my meal during the previews — as planned — I thought it was time to get into my Sour Patch kids. I was trying to be extra gentle and not open it with a vertical slit-style opening. (Nobody likes to eat candy like that!) I like a good ol’ potato chip “pull-open” style. But there was nothing, nothing, nothing, and then… SOUR PATCH KIDS EVERYWHERE! A small handful were salvaged and enjoyed. And this whole thing was possibly only witnessed by one fellow patron behind me, who was polite enough not to vocally express her judgment of me.

So… Deadpool. Ok.

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Deadpool (2016)

2 thoughts on “Deadpool (2016)

  1. Thanks for the post, Jack! I do agree: Deadpool made fun of itself really well. But I didn’t enjoy it for some reason. (I’ll admit that I laughed out loud when Wade said something about Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead being the only X-men in the film… “It’s almost like the studio was too cheap to pay for any other characters…”) But in the end, it failed to engage me. Two out of five pot leafs!

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  2. What I loved about the movie was how it basically just made fun of itself all the way through it. I thought this was refreshing, however I wouldn’t want to see other marvel movies repeat this at all! Im not a huge fan of the third wall being broken. It was quite campy which was really fun, but at times I felt like I was 12 years old watching Jim carey in “The Mask”. I never read Deadpool comics so I have no idea about its acuracy and how it held true to the original style…so maybe I shouldn’t be writing a review… Anywhoo It made me laugh outloud multiple times with its over the top raunch and was clever and slightly anoying with how it weaved back story into the present story, as I did in this review. I disliked some of the typical grand destruction climax with its usual lack of appropriate consequences and it felt a little too sweet and resolved. It ended up making fun of itself right into being a typical hollywood movie, but along the way I liked it. Now, if we can just keep the violence, make it realistic, not shy from the sex, but keep it sexy, keep the humor but not ace ventura style… I think we could have an amazing marvel movie!! Lets try it with Gambit! Except first get rid of Channing Tatertot.

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