Looking for the perfect date night movie for Valentine’s Day? Have you considered “Deadpool?”
OK, it’s not a romantic comedy. But it does have romance. And comedy…and horror… and bloody, violent action…and copious amounts of raunch…and a couple of X-Men.
So, maybe you should just take your sweetheart out to dinner on Sunday. Go see “Deadpool” earlier in the weekend.
After a disastrous turn as the character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Ryan Reynolds is back as the wisecracking, fourth-wall breaking, shooting-and-stabbing, mercenary with a mouth. “Deadpool” is a great improvement over the previous attempt and a movie that is arguably one of the most true to the spirit of a comic book character as any ever made.
Keep in mind that Deadpool has always been an acquired taste, made even moreso by the decision to amp up the movie version’s gore and raunchiness factor to earn an R rating.
Deadpool is Wade Wilson, a mercenary whose heart really isn’t in his work — when we meet him he’s harassing a teenage girl’s would-be stalker. Things look up when he meets the love of his life, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), but quickly nosedive when he’s diagnosed with multiple forms of cancer.
Wade’s offered the hope of a cure if he will agree to some unorthodox experiments, conducted by the sadistic scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein). The experiments cure his cancer and give him incredible healing powers. They also leave him physically scarred all over his body. Wade escapes Ajax’s facility and vows to get revenge — after he forces Ajax to cure his disfigurement.
Deadpool’s reluctant allies in his mission — even though their being here makes little sense — are X-Man Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and X-Man-in-training Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand). You have to feel a little sorry for Daniel Cudmore, who has played the metal mutant in three X-Men films but hasn’t had nearly as much screen time as the character gets here.
Irreverent is the best word to describe “Deadpool.” From the fake opening credits to the after-credit tease, this movie refuses to take itself seriously. Deadpool, especially, refuses to take himself seriously, and Reynolds is clearly enjoying himself in the role.
The movie might be a little too full of itself, but then, that’s the whole point of Deadpool. Freed from the restrictions of all-ages comic books, director Tim Miller cranks up the blood, violence, sex and vulgarity. Some will find that wrong but I think it fits Deadpool fine.