Release Date: February 12, 2016
Director: Tim Miller
Production Company: Marvel Entertainment
Deadpool is the eighth movie in the X-Men series and the first one (and possibly the last one) I’ve watched. The titular characters, a.k.a. Wade Wilson, is a former special forces operative who becomes a mercenary. His shtick is to constantly make crude jokes while carrying out his vengeance for hire. He meets Vanessa, and they fall in love over their shared outsider status and crude sense of humor. But when he’s diagnosed with terminal cancer he leaves Vanessa under the mistaken belief he’d be a burden to her.
Wilson is recruited to undergo treatment with a serum designed to activate mutant genes and also cure his cancer. The secret lab is run by the sadistic Francis who tortures the test subjects to trigger the mutations, and plans to use the mutated humans as a slave army. Wilson’s mutations give him super healing but also disfigure his body. He escapes and becomes Deadpool to avenge himself against Francis and his cronies.
All of this back story is told in flashbacks after an opening scene with Deadpool attacking Francis’ motorcade on a freeway. The effects of a car crashing in the midst of a gun battle in slow motion makes for a stunning opening. Deadpool’s wisecracks and breaking the fourth wall do a great job at sending up superhero story conventions and Marvel movies in particular. The characters of the overly sincere Collosus and the moody Negasonic Teenage Warhead are particularly hilarious (I’d pay to see a Negasonic Teenage Warhead solo film).
But the crude wisecracks lose their effect after a while, much like Howard Stern or South Park, it’s just stops being funny. And after the great opening, Deadpool becomes more of a run-of-the-mill action/adventure superhero story with a lot of unquestioned macho BS to boot. I’m also not much of one for excessive gore and violence. So, I’ll give this a nice effort, but not for me.