I saw this on Valentine’s Day, wrote this review a few days later. I’m posting a review of Race that I wrote a few days ago. From here on out, what I write will get posted as soon I’m finished with it. Let’s go.
I went into Deadpool with cautious optimism. After all, 20th Century Fox had the reigns to this prima donna, the same studio that has flopped not one, not two, but three Fantastic Four films with flying colors, tarnished Daredevil for over a decade and gave Elektra a stench that studios are still afraid to go near. Let’s not forget X-Men: The Last Stand either.
Add in Fox’s reluctance to give a director sole control of his own film, as evidenced by 2015’s Fantastic Four debacle and you start to lose a lot of respect for Fox and become suspicious of everything they produce.
In comes Deadpool, a script that Fox managed to sit on for seven long years and you start to wonder if Fox has the guts or the decency to let the character run his course the way only Deadpool can: unabated and unlimited.
My cautious optimism was not ill-founded but for this specific Fox feature, you can rest easy. Deadpool is everything he should be, played all too effortlessly by a Ryan Reynolds that I’ve never seen before. Not only is Reynolds flowing with confidence, one can safely use the description talented. With bombs like Green Lantern and R.I.P.D on his resume, I wasn’t sure Reynolds had any cards left to play. In Deadpool alone, Reynolds proves millions wrong, not just those who doubted his acting ability, but those who doubted that Deadpool could be a box office success. In a weekend, Deadpool had already blown away the record for best opening weekend for an R-rated movie handedly. In less than two weeks, Deadpool has become the highest-grossing X-Men movie in the United States. Imagine what Deadpool still has to offer.
Imagine what it still has to offer to those who haven’t seen it, to those who are still doubting one of the best marketing efforts Hollywood has offered in a long time. Imagine what those who doubted a movie this big releasing in February are saying.
Deadpool wasn’t supposed to succeed, no matter how much money was thrown at this. If January post-Oscar buzz is the cemetery of Hollywood projects, February is the morbid funeral gatherings that follow. Neither holds enjoyment and everyone has the same expectations for them.
Deadpool has taken a gambit and won the golden ticket. There’s nothing to see in theaters in January and there’s nothing to see in February. That’s a lot of itchy wallets ready to spring on a decent attraction. Throw a movie like Deadpool in the ring and people charge for the theater entrance like it’s Black Friday.
Deadpool has no competition in theaters right now. Desperate studios that threw a project together for a February release hoping for a quick buck are getting shellacked by a movie that decided to buck the system and do what it wanted when it wanted, R-rating or February release be damned.
It’s admirable, but more importantly, it works. Deadpool is a lovable character for so many reasons and always has been. Watching Deadpool is like watching a rebellious and unashamed comedian spout off whatever he wants and doesn’t give a flower petal what anyone thinks about it. His will is impenetrable and unbending. He’ll catch bullets with his torso if he has to, but he will not quit. Deadpool is the guy that will continue to run himself into a brick wall until he breaks through just to prove to you that he can. He’s unrepenting and unrelenting. If you don’t like him, there’s the door. Deadpool’s gonna Deadpool and if I were him, I’d Deadpool, too.
Once again, if you’re new to my blog, I’ve always ranked movies on a scale of 0-100 (I don’t know why, I just always have). Here’s the grading scale.
80-89 It was a pretty good movie and definitely one worth seeing, but it doesn’t quite scratch my top ten percentile. (The Cable Guy, The Cabin in the Woods, Tears of the Sun, Edge of Tomorrow, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
60-69 It’s got plenty wrong with it but I still got enjoyment out of this one. (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Beasts of No Nation, Terminator: Genisys, Black Sheep)
40-49 This movie is just mediocre. It’s not doing anything other than the bare minimal, so morbidly boring that sometimes I’m actually angry I watched this. (War, The Ridiculous 6, The Lost Boys, Zombeavers, Crank)
30-39 Definitely worse than mediocre, the 30′s ironically define the 1930′s, full of depression, lack of accomplishments, poverty and just so dumb. (Centurion, Planet of the Apes, Stonados, Redemption, Pride and Prejudice)
0-19 Watching this movie resulted in one or more of the following: seizure, loss of brain cells, falling asleep/unconsciousness, feel you wasted your time/day, accomplished nothing for you, left the movie knowing less about it then you did going into it, constantly asking yourself why you came to see this movie, or near-death experience. In short, staring at a wall was just as entertaining as watching this movie. This movie deserved a sticker or a label that said, “WARNING: EXTREME AMOUNT OF SUCKAGE.” (The Coed and the Zombie Stoner, The Forbidden Dimensions, Cyborg, Outcast, Sabotage)
My score for Deadpool: 93.
Deadpool is still setting records and is a huge success for Marvel and the R-rated superhero genre. If you haven’t seen it yet, get going. You’re missing a phenomenon.