Monday, April 4, 2016
Deadpool Watch: Deadpool (2016)
This movie came out some time ago and everyone else has already seen it. So, what to say?
I guess I really, really can't believe this movie got made at all. It's kind of a shock to know Fox was willing to go this bananas not just with a superhero movie, but a feature film in general. The past few years, really since Guardians of the Galaxy was a hit, I've been feeling pretty good about the uptick in exploring diversity of content under the Marvel and DC banners. Part of why I've not bought the idea of "superhero fatigue" is, well, absolutely gigantic box office when most of these movies arrive, but because all of us longtime comics readers know that the comics themselves are no two alike, on a good day. There's a reason DC and Marvel each own stables of thousands of characters and it's not just because the artists like drawing different suits.
We're now well past the point of me going to see "superhero" movies about characters I've never really read, and seeing pics of Bumbershoot Scratchnsniff dressed up as Dr. Strange online this weekend will get me right back to the theater to check out that dude.
To be honest, I've always thought of Deadpool from the comics as one of those things that people tell me is funny, but when I look at it, it felt like a collection of tired jokes Gen-X'ers told each other (Ha! Bea Arthur! HA!), and some lightweight racism (the word is "chimichanga"! Ha ha ha! Sigh.) increasingly mixed in with internet memes and pop culture references. It was like a less surreal Ambush Bug.* I got that some folks liked it, and that's great! It's terrific to see a mix of comedy and action working that consistently. And, I suspect, this sort of thing would have been hilarious to me as a 20-year-old dude.
So, I hadn't planned to see the movie, but about a week after it came out, The Admiral and I were pouring some wine (he's had a lot of practice at it at this point), and he says to me, "Have you seen this movie Deadpool?"
And I said, oh so cautiously, "Ah. You know. Not yet."
He looked around and then said "I took myself to see it on Wednesday. That movie is hilarious."
So, if The Admiral liked it, how bad could it be? I mean, the man won't let you drop the f-bomb in his actual presence, but up on the screen, everything's fair game, and he does have a ridiculously good sense of humor, so, we checked it out.
I dunno. I found it really fun. It was kind of what I needed this weekend. It's a big, splatterfest R-Rated murder revenge picture, and it's not like I don't have a place in my heart for those sorts of movies from time to time. And it is genuinely funny. Someone finally wrote a movie that fits Ryan Reynolds' snappy delivery and jittery-kid antics, threw a CGI mask over his face, gave him Colossus as a straight man, and I basically had no complaints.
Well done, makers of Deadpool. And god bless ya for hiring Gina Carano. I don't know who she was supposed to be, but that was fun.
*Keith Giffen's 1980's wise-cracking, 4th-wall breaking character who was a thorn in the side of the DCU, but who never had, really, an ounce of popularity